CEO: Christopher M. Crane
The 50 companies on this year’s Best Companies for Diversity list represents brands that recognize the value of cultivating an inclusive environment, driven by company leadership through senior management and the board of directors, as shown in the BE Registry of Corporate Directors. Some are taking a step further to engage employees during turbulent and confusing sociopolitical times.
Here, we’d like to highlight Exelon Corp., an energy provider based in Chicago, and what it’s doing to push forward and nurture diversity and inclusion.
In 2014, Exelon’s purchases with certified diverse suppliers totaled more than $1 billion. Though this was one way the company displayed diversity and inclusion, they also utilize Employee Resource Groups. They currently have nine ERGs that more than 8,500 employees are involved with.
Exelon also recognizes how retaining women is vital for the company’s success. In 2015, the company hosted a Women’s Leadership Development Summit, where more than 200 male and female leaders shared candid dialogue focused on developing and retaining women, and the importance of doing so for the company’s success.
According to Exelon’s website, in 2014, more than 60% of Exelon’s $31.5 million in grants supported organizations, programs, or events consistent with their diversity and inclusion initiatives.