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Friday, June 28, 2013

Concurrent Technologies Corporation – Thriving On Diversity

ConcurrentTechnologies Corporation (CTC) was formed in 1987, but it started its operations in 1988. It was then known under the name of Metalworking Technology, Inc. or MTI, as a subsidiary of the University of Pittsburgh Trust, tasked to operate the National Center for Excellence in Metalworking Technology (NCEMT) in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Within a short time, MTI grew in its financial earnings and in the number of its employees. In addition, its work thru the NCEMT of advancing metalworking technology and providing solutions to the U.S. Navy was expanding, and gaining for it national recognition and respect.

Soon MTI was experiencing fast growth and an increase in its workforce, while its mission was also expanding beyond the field of advanced metalworking technology. There was now a need for a new name that would accurately reflect this, and so in 1992, Metalworking Technology, Inc. changed its name to Concurrent Technologies Corporation. Then in 1994, the corporation separated from the University of Pittsburgh Trust to become fully independent.

Its expertise as an independent, non-profit applied research & development organization providing professional management and technology-based services covers different fields, namely: Advanced Engineering & Manufaturing; Environment & Sustainability; Intelligence, Information Technology & Security; Logistics, Management & Acquisition; Power & Energy; Readiness, Preparedness & Continuity; Safety & Occupational Health; and Special Missions. Its wide range of clients are to be found in both the government (state and federal) and private sectors.

Equality, empowerment and innovation are highly valued by CTC. Thus, the Company strives to create a culture where diversity and inclusion is pratcticed through actions, not by words alone. It strongly believes that embracing the differences “in thought, style, background and opinion” foster a sense of family and partnership among its employees, giving spark to innovation that inevitably leads the Company to succeed, and succeed it does as evidenced by being recognized for “innovating through inclusion.”, and for that, CTC has garnered numerous awards and honors throughout the years.

Concurrent Technologies Corporation continues to strive to attract and maitain highly-educated, experienced, talented people and promotes diversity in its organization. Moreover, it also keeps a language diversified workforce who can provide solutions to their clients' problems in their environments, using their native language.

At CTC, diversity indeed thrives.

ConAgra Foods, Inc. - Good Food Through Diversity

ConAgraFoods, Inc., a global leader in the packaged food industry, is “one company with many stories.” It has a rich history dating back to 1919 when Nebraska Consolidated Mills was born. Its historical timeline shows many milestones, each revealing “the passions of innovative people, the imagination behind groundbreaking products and the qualiy that has endeared our brands to consumers across America.” From being once an agricultural business under its original name of Nebraska Consolidated Mills (NCM), it has fast grown “from many brands into one company.” ConAgra Foods, Inc. is now a name to reckon with in the food industry, both in the USA and across the globe.

Its corporate name is synonymous with “making food that gives you less to worry about and more to look forward to.” Indeed, ConAgra Foods, Inc. is committed to not only providing “products that deliver outstanding taste, nutrition and value, but also to demonstrating an unwavering dedication to doing what’s right, finding better ways to be a good steward of our environment and giving back to the communities we serve.”

Its corporate citizenship platform — Good for You, Good for the Community and Good for the Planet – has earned for itself the following achievements:

  • Fortune 500 company
  • One of the nation's leading food companies
  • $18 billion in net sales
  • 36,000+ employees
  • Its food can be found in 97 percent of America's households.
  • 28 brands are number one or number two in their categories.
  • 20 brands generate more than $100 million in sales each year.
  • 13 million packages of our food products are sold every day.

More significantly, ConAgra Foods cooks up “food that you love” with diveristy and inclusion as a key ingredient. It cultivates a culture of diversity and inclusion in which “employees can be authentic and know that their diverse thoughts and capabilities are valued.” In this way, ConAgra Foods is able to pay more close attention to how it can attract, retain and empower employees from all walks of life. In return, its employees help the Company build better stronger relationships “in the community, in the marketplace and with stakeholders.”

Giving momentum for the Company's drive for diversity and inclusion are its Employee Resource Networks (ERNs) that are not only social forums, but as business resource as well.
Each of the Company's 6 ERNs provide useful insights regarding organization and business in order for ConAgra Foods to “to deliver leadership development experiences, to create an environment for exploring our uniqueness and to provide community support through volunteer opportunities in the communities where we live and work.” These ERNs are also forums that gathers employees “from all cultures, backgrounds and lifestyles” helping them to grow professionally and personally. At the same time, ERNs help increase the diversity representation at all levels of the company.

With such engaging programs on diversity and inclusion, it is no wonder the people who work at ConAgra Foods, Inc. enjoy collaborating with one another in their individual uniqueness all towards the purpose of “making everyday foods in extraordinary ways.”

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Phillips 66: A Diversity-Driven Company for Global Relevance

Phillips66 is an American company involved in the business of providing technological expertise in research and development, highgrade petroleum coke upgrading and sulphur removal. It is is an advantaged downstream energy company, with segment-leading Refining and Marketing (R&M), Midstream and Chemicals businesses, with a strong worldwide workforce.

As such, diversity and inclusion is imperative to the Company's creating a world-class workforce that represents the global communities in which they live and work and ensuring an environment in which every individual’s contributions are valued. By inspiring collaboration, ensuring accountability, developing their talent, cultivating diversity of thought and living their values, Phillips 66 has successfully built a high-performing organization.

A strong key that lies behind the success of Phillips 66 is the extraordinary quality, diversity and talents of its employees, and this gives the Company an edge over its competitors. Hence, diversity is imperative in the business of Phillips 66.

Moreover, it is diversity that fuels the Company's drive for innovation, as it attracts an excellent pool of people from varied backgrounds, experiences and perspectives all contributing to the Company's success. It understands that diversity and inclusion goes beyond the confines of its offices and facilities to include communities where they live and operate around the globe.

By establishing community and business partnerships, Phillips 66 helps cultivate diverse talent, leadership and economic development. With a “can do spirit”, its talented, motivated employees afford the Company the drive and diversity of thought needed to compete and win in the future.

Microsoft: Surfing On Diversity

Microsoft, was founded by childhood friends Bill Gates and Paul Allen in 1975, and today it has grown to be the world's leader in the invention of computer products and services, in the development of creative solutions, in service of “an increasinly global and diverse customer and partner base.” The Company consists of three main divisions, namely: the Platform Products and Services Division, the Business Division, and the Entertainment and Devices Division. Its corporate headquarters is in Redmond, Washington, USA.

Global diversity and inclusion are well-incorporated in and integral to Microsoft's corporate vision, strategy and formula for business success In fact, the Company has created the Office of Diversity & Inclusion as a testament to its belief that its being a global leader requires a working environment and culture that gathers the best and brightest talents, a workforce composed of people with different cultural values, perspectives, skills and experiences all working together for the common goal of meeting consumer demands and create a better world.

Microsoft continues to strive “to create an environment that helps Microsoft capitalize on the diversity of its people and the inclusion of ideas and solutions” as it aims “to attract, develop, and retain this best talent, to be more innovative in the products and services we develop, in the way we solve problems, and in the way we serve the needs of an increasingly global and diverse customer and partner base.

The rational behind global diversity and inclusion is that Microsoft recognizes diversity characterizes markets in America and around the world. As such, there is a wealth of source for prospective employees and potential markets.

Indeed, this rational has been proven wise as reflected in the following accomplishments of the Company in the past few years:

  • Developed a cohesive Global Diversity & Inclusion strategy linked to the company's business and vision
  • Strengthened global perspective and integration of this diversity strategy across the company
  • Enhanced leadership engagement with the chief executive officer (CEO) and executive diversity sponsors
  • Improved overall quality and accuracy of diversity data in the U.S. and globally
  • Increased portfolio of diversity and inclusion training tools and courses

‎Indeed, these accomplishments are no mean feat for a business giant that surfs on the tides of global diversity and inclusion.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Unity in Diversity at Hewlett Packard

One vision – thousands of viewpoints: Hewlett Packard 's rallying cry – the motto by which it carries on its corporate vision and mission.

Hewlett Packard grew out of a garage project in 1939 when Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard, classmates at the Stanford University, built an audio oscillator that no sooner started a technology revolution. Two diverse minds with one dream for a better tomorrow.

With that, the company has continued to grow with its community of diverse minds working together to spearhead technology breakthroughs. It is the diversity in the way they think, look for solutions from different perspectives, that has strengthened Hewlett Packard. It believes that its power spring from its workforce coming from different nations, cultures, ethnics, lifestyles, generations, backgrounds and skills.

Diversity in fact is one of Hewlett Packard's strongest business tools. Unity in diversity is its strength as its people “apply inspired thinking and fresh perspectives to challenges big and small: Whether it’s the world’s most powerful supercomputer or a scientific pocket calculator, our solutions empower our customers all over the world.”

Diversity is what spurs Hewlett Packard 'from convention to invention.' From the numerous awards the company has received from notable publications and organizations, Hewlett Packard indeed has shown what it takes to create a world of difference in the way people live today.

Hewlett Packard attracts talents from around the globe as it recognizes contributions its people provide because it cares to listen to their ideas: “And we listen—because inspired thinking can come from anyone, anywhere, anytime. Inspired thinking can connect the world.”

Differences truly can make people work together, on the wings of innovation, and unite the company. Ultimately, Hewlett Packard unites the world.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

GE Healthcare : A Driving Force in Diversity

GE Healthcare is the healthcare unit of the gigantic conglomerate General Electric Company, and it is based in the United Kingdom. It is one of the leading manufacturers of diagnostic imaging equipment, such as MRI, ultrasound, and CT scanners.and other state-of-the-art devices such as surigical and clinical scanners and monitoring systems like ECG monitors.  Aside from these, GE Healthcare develops software technology that helps medical staff track patients and locate equipments, thus reducing the time a patient has to wait for treatment. Such innovative technology has resulted in a more efficient hospital and patient care management.

As its mother company has a diversity of businesses in the areas of energy, health and home, transportation and finance, so is GE Healthcare diversed in its products and services. Moreover, diversity is a reflection of how GE and all its subsidiaries like GE Healthcare run their business. This commitment to diversity thus extends to its workforce by bringing together individuals, cultures, ideas together to create a stronger company and a better world. Wherever GE and its subsidiaries are located in the world, they reflect both the local communities they serve and the people with whom they do business. It offers career opportunities even to veterans,  students, and hourly-paid workers, for it is through a diverse workforce can creativity, productivity, innovation thrive, as well as giving the GE conglomerate a competitive edge.

As such, GE businesses, including GE Healthcare, provide several programs, such as:
          Internships and Co-ops for University Students
          Entry-Level Leadership Programs
          Experienced Leadership Programs
GE has been successful in its drive for diversity and is a “reflection of the integrity of their leadership and builds a strong foundation for future leaders to continue the Company's tradition of inclusiveness.”

For its relentless efforts in diversity, it has been recently recognized as among the Top 10 of Diversity MBA Magazines 50 Out Front Companies for Diversity Leadership: Best Places for Diverse & Women Managers to Work listing for 2013.

Truly, diversity is very much alive in the corporate world of GE Healthcare, its people and the communities it serves. 

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Office Depot: An Equal Opputunity Employer Leader in Business and in Diversity

Office Depot, Inc. is a world leader in providing office products and services, established in 1986 with its first Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Since then, the Company has established its mark around the globe as one of the largest providers of office supply and solutions. It has three business segments: North American Retail Division, North American Business Solutions Division and International Division.

From a modest beginning to its steady, but dramatic growth in the last 25 years since it was opened to the public in 1988, Office Depot, Inc. has had a history of receiving awards and honors due to its corporate initiatives and business programs.

Aside from establishing itself as a trusted business name in its field, Office Depot, Inc. is also among the global leaders committed to diversity and inclusion. It is an Equal Opportunity Employer dedicated to creating an environment that respects and values people regardless of “race, color, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, citizenship status, veterans’ status, marital status, disability or any other protected class as defined by federal, state, or local laws.” According to Executive Vice President of Human Resources, Michael Allison, “Office Depot believes in providing equal opportunities, rights and benefits to all of its associates, and deems it is imperative to conducting a successful business and recruiting the best talent.”

Diversity is an essential dimension rooted in the Company's core values of Inclusion, Innovation, Customer Focus, considered the keys to the Company's success in the global market. As testament to its commitment to divesity and inclusion, Office Depot, Inc. undertakes the following steps:

  • Recruiting a workforce that is reflective of the communities in which it does business.
  • Providing a work environment based on honesty and mutual respect.
  • Ensuring that all people-related decisions are made objectively, based on merit.
  • Utilizing a base of diverse suppliers.
  • Encouraging managers at all levels to be accountable for implementing action plans to achieve these goals.

Furthermore, women are highly-valued in the Company. Thus, in recognition of the Company's care for women in their business, Office Depot, Inc. has been honored as one of the "Top 50 Companies for Executive Women" by the National Association for Female Executives for the seventh consecutive year and by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council as a "Top Corporation for Women' s Business Enterprises" for nine consecutive years. Aside from these awards, it was recently honored with the 2013 Corporate Leadership Award by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force at ceremonies held during the 25th Conference on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Equality: Creating Change, in recognition for its exemplary role in effectively partnering with and supporting the LGBT community and its LGBT associates.

Truly, Office Depot, Inc. deserves its honor as a leading name to reckon with in diversity and inclusion.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Cox Enterprises, Inc. Valuing Diversity

Cox Enterprises, Inc. is a leading communications, media and automotive services company founded
by James M. Cox in 1939. James Cox was  former schoolteacher and news reporter who later became Ohio's first three-term governor and the 1920 Democratic nominee for president of the United States.

Diversity is an integral value in Cox Enterprises, Inc.  as reflected in its diverse business interests. Fully   committed, Cox Enterprises foster diversity through its employees, communities, products and suppliers.

Being an Equal Opportunity Employer, Cox Enterprises and its companies “are committed to having a diverse workforce that reflects the communities we serve. We embrace and foster an environment that builds on the unique talents that come from a variety of people and perspectives.”

Building a diverse workforce lies behind Cox Enterprises, Inc.'s motivation to attract and keep the very best talents in its many businesses in order to sustain its competitive edge in providing better products and services. The Company encourages employee creativity and inclusion.

Quoting from its Hiring Policies:

Cox Enterprises is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to having a diverse workforce that reflects the communities we serve.
 Cox prohibits discrimination against and harassment of employees on the basis of any factor protected by law, including but not limited to: race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity. This policy applies through all phases of employment, including the recruiting phase.
For qualified candidates with disabilities, Cox will provide reasonable accommodation for such disabilities. In addition, Cox Enterprises makes reasonable accommodation for religious observances.

Moreover, as committed it is “to having a diverse workforce that reflects the communities we serve,” Cox Enterprises strive as well  to be good citizens of the communities they serve through volunteerism and giving.

This only shows that Cox Enterprises Inc. is a leading company dedicated not only in advancing people's lives through its products and services, but is committed in developing the best in its diverse workforce, and in return, inspiring new people of similar values to work for it. 

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