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Category: Diversity

40 Best Companies for Diversity (2009)

Sponsor: Black Enterprise

“It’s no surprise that the Great Recession of 2008–2009 has been brutal. Since December 2007, when the recession started, nearly 6 million workers have been cut from employer payrolls. At press time, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that U.S. unemployment stood at 8.9%—the highest since 1982. For African Americans, the jobless rate has reached a staggering 15%, the worst such measure in more than 20 years. But even as corporations continue to lay off scores of workers, we’ve learned a couple of seemingly incongruent facts—worker productivity is up and companies are hiring. Although hires fell to their lowest rates in eight years nationwide, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are close to 3 million jobs available in the U.S. And approximately 40,000 of those positions are available among the companies that made black enterprise’s list of the 40 Best Companies for Diversity this year.”

“To select our 2009 Best Companies for Diversity, our editors and BE Research sent surveys to the top 1,000 publicly traded companies as well as the 50 leading global companies with strong U.S. operations. BE’s survey focused on activities related to the participation of African Americans and members of other ethnic minority groups. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the term “ethnic minority” applies to individuals from the following backgrounds: black/African American, American Indian/Alaska native, Asian, native Hawaiian, and Hispanic/Latino. Information provided by companies on diversity efforts on behalf of other groups, such as women, gays/lesbians/bisexuals/transgender, and the disabled, was used as a secondary, supporting criterion for inclusion on the list.”


Last Updated:
August 2009