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JPMorgan Chase named as ‘Best-of-the-Best’ US corporation for diversity

JPMorgan Chase named as ‘Best-of-the-Best’ US corporation for diversity

Wonder Woman actress and activist Lynda Carter addresses the 'Best of the Best' reception

Household name brands were among the winners last night at a new awards event organized by the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) and the National Business Inclusion Consortium (NBIC).

The event, which took place at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington DC, saw JPMorgan Chase & Co. awarded the top honor of 2016 NBIC Diversity Corporation of the Year. The TIAA Contingent Worker Diversity Program – which tackles the lack of ethnic/racial, generational and gender diversity among staffing suppliers – was honored as NBIC Program or Initiative of the Year.

Responding to the win, JPMorgan Chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon told CNBC: ‘We’re proud of this recognition by NBIC. People are our most important asset and enable our long-term growth and success. Maintaining a diverse and inclusive workplace where everyone can thrive is not only the smart thing to do — it’s the right thing to do.’

Public sectors honorees included Nancy Pelosi, House Democratic Leader, and former US Congressman and primary sponsor of the Disabilities Act, Tony Coelho. Also present was TV’s original Wonder Woman, actress Lynda Carter, who talked about her commitment to championing equal rights.

‘The Best-of-the-Best designation is the top corporate honor bestowed for commitments to America’s diverse employees and business owners, which includes LGBT, people of color, women, and people with disabilities,’ said NGLCC Co-Founder and President Justin Nelson in a statement.

‘This designation is not easily earned, making it all the more prized.

‘By recognizing these industry leaders and the policymakers who collaborate with them as the Best-of-the-Best, we are creating a better future for all diverse communities in business. Together we reaffirm our common, ongoing mission to improve business inclusion among Fortune 500 corporations and government agencies nationwide.’

The ‘Best of the Best’ accolade is awarded to those corporates that have performed well in a range of diversity indexes.

To be considered, organizations were required to submit a detailed survey and answer questions on such topics as supplier diversity initiatives and employee resource groups. The NBIC committee also took note of ratings scored on the HRC Corporate Equality Index, Diversity Inc’s Top 50 and other indexes.

The NGLCC formed the National Business Inclusion Consortium in 2011 as a coalition of diversity advocates. Other organizations involved include the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, U.S Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce and National Black Justice Coalition, among others.

Jonathan Lovitz, NGLCC Vice President of External Affairs, told Gay Star Business, that the evening had been one of the most inspiring nights of his career.

‘The room cheered for Leader Nancy Pelosi, who broke the highest glass ceiling in Congress as our first female Speaker of the House. The room was moved to tears by Congressman Tony Cohelo, lead author the America’s with Disabilities Act— who is both openly gay and successfully battling epilepsy. And we all wanted to twirl with joy like Wonder Woman when Lynda Carter discussed her support for LGBT and women’s causes.

‘The room was simply electric! I cannot wait to see this event continue to grow year after year.’

The 30 corporations awarded ‘Best-of-the-Best’ status for inclusion were as follows

  • American Airlines
  • AT&T
  • Bank of America
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Capital One
  • Chevron
  • Comcast|NBCUniversal
  • Corning
  • Cummins
  • CVS Health
  • Fidelity Investments
  • Freddie Mac
  • General Motors
  • JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Kellogg
  • KPMG
  • Marriott International
  • Merck
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Nationwide
  • New York Life Insurance Company
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Pacific Gas & Electric Company
  • PNC Financial Services Group
  • Prudential
  • Sodexo
  • TD Bank Group
  • TIAA
  • UPS
  • Wells Fargo
Attendees at the 'Best of the Best' Washington DC reception
Attendees at the ‘Best of the Best’ Washington DC reception