CHICAGO — Exelon’s efforts to hire, retain and promote employees from a variety of backgrounds secured the company a spot on this year’s “Top 50 Companies for Diversity,” the national recognition from DiversityInc. This is the first year Exelon has joined the Top 50, after being named a DiversityInc “Top Utility” in 2015 and 2016.
Exelon earned the 47th spot on the exclusive list and the 6th spot on the top 15 companies for hiring veterans. DiversityInc. announced the Top 50 at a ceremony earlier this week, attended by Janese Murray, Exelon’s vice president for Diversity and Inclusion.
“The diverse perspectives of our employees lead to greater innovation, increased employee engagement and better solutions for our customers,” said Chris Crane, Exelon president and CEO. “We are focused on creating an environment that will continue to attract, develop and retain talent of all backgrounds, and this Top 50 recognition is further validation that we are making meaningful progress.”
DiversityInc’s annual survey yields an empirically driven ranking based on recruitment, talent development, senior leadership commitment and supplier diversity.
“A company’s ability to find the best and brightest, advance and retain them equitably is a decisive competitive advantage,” said Luke Visconti, founder and CEO of DiversityInc. “The DiversityInc Top 50 have a decisive metrics-evidenced ability to treat people more fairly than other large companies. They also have a greater-than-average return for their shareholders.”
Exelon is committed to diversity and inclusion across its business. In 2016, the company furthered support for employees by expanding its family leave policy and joining over 100 like-minded companies in signing the White House Equal Pay Pledge. In addition to employee programs, Exelon companies and the Exelon Foundation donated more than $46 million to nonprofits nationwide, with 70 percent supporting diversity and inclusion initiatives. Exelon also increased spending with women- and minority-owned businesses by more than 200 percent since 2011 to reach $1.9 billion in 2016.