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THE DIVERSITY DIME
A ten-spot of conscientious companies recognized for their commitment to an inclusive environment


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Aflac Inc.
Best known for its radio and TV spots starring a Gilbert Gottfried-voiced duck, the Columbus, Ga.-based insurance company landed on both Black Enterprise magazine’s “15 Best in Workforce Diversity” and “15 Best in Senior Management Diversity” lists and earned a spot in Fortune magazine’s 2007 “100 Best Companies to Work For.”


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Bank of America *
The banking and financial services giant topped DiversityInc magazine’s 2007 “Top 50 Companies for Diversity” rankings and scored a spot in Black Enterprise’s “15 Best in Supplier Diversity” list.


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Blue Cross Blue Shield Association
Responsible for covering nearly 100 million Americans, the national health care institution slotted in at number 15 in DiversityInc’s 2007 “Top 50 Companies for Diversity.”


Cox Communications
The Atlanta-based telecommunications corporation, a dominant player in the Rhode Island market, ranked 25th on DiversityInc’s 2007 “Top 50 Company for Diversity” and eighth on the magazine’s specialized “Top 10 Companies for African Americans” list.


Deloitte & Touche USA
A nationwide financial services firm specializing in audit, consulting, financial advisory, risk management and tax services, last year Deloitte placed 19th on DiversityInc’s “Top 50 Companies for Diversity” and 76th on Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For.”


Pepsi Bottling Group Inc.
The manufacturing arm of the global soft drink titan ranked second on DiversityInc’s “Top 50 Companies for Diversity” and scored a spot in Black Enterprise’s “15 Best in Supplier Diversity.”


PricewaterhouseCoopers
The world’s largest accounting firm is also one of its most diverse, placing 12th on DiversityInc’s “Top 50 Companies for Diversity” and 58th on Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For.”


Prudential Financial
Founded over 130 years ago in Newark, N.J. — where its headquarters are still located — the insurance and financial services corporation took 24th place on DiversityInc’s “Top 50 Companies for Diversity” last year.


Starwoods Hotels & Resorts Worldwide
The lodging company that operates, among others, the Sheraton and Westin brands of hotels and resorts, is one of Black Enterprise’s “15 Best in Workforce Diversity” and ranked 47th on DiversityInc’s “Top 50 Companies for Diversity.”


Verizon Communications *
One of the broadband/telecom market’s true heavyweights, Verizon took sixth place in DiversityInc’s 2007 “Top 50 Companies for Diversity” and earned a spot among Black Enterprise’s “15 Best in Corporate Board Diversity.”



* Both Bank of America and Verizon Communications declined to co-sign an amicus brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold race-sensitive admissions plans at the University of Michigan.

Those that did …
Sixty-five major companies that co-signed a 2003 amicus brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold race-sensitive admissions plans at the University of Michigan:
3M
Abbott Laboratories
Alcoa
Alliant Energy
Altria Group
American Airlines
American Express
Amgen Corporation
Ashland Inc.
Bank One Corporation
Baxter Healthcare
Boeing Company
Charter One Financial
Chevron/Texaco
Coca-Cola Company
Coca-Cola Enterprises
DaimlerChrysler
Deloitte Consulting
Deloitte & Touche
Dow Chemical Company
Eastman Kodak
Eaton Corporation
Eli Lilly & Company
Ernst & Young
Exelon Corporation
Fannie Mae
General Dynamics
General Electric
General Mills
John Hancock
Harris Bankcorp
Hewlett-Packard
Illinois Tool Works
Intel Corporation
Johnson & Johnson
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan
Kellogg Company
KPMG International
Kraft Foods
Lockheed Martin
Lucent Technologies
Medtronic Inc.
Merck & Company
Microsoft Corporation
Mitsubishi Motors
MSC Software Corporation
Nationwide Mutual Insurance
NetCom Solutions International
Nike Inc.
Northrop Grumman
Pepsi Bottling Group
PepsiCo Inc.
Pfizer Inc.
PPG Industries
PricewaterhouseCoopers
Procter & Gamble
Reebok International
Sara Lee Corporation
Schering-Plough Corporation
Shell Oil
Steelcase Inc.
Sterling Financial Group
United Airlines
Whirlpool Corporation
Xerox Corporation

And those that didn’t
Among the nation’s 25 largest
corporations, those that did not sign
on to the amicus brief were:

American Electric Power
AT&T
Bank of America
Citigroup
Duke Energy Corporation
Home Depot
Verizon Communications
Wal-Mart Stores Inc.