Consumers Energy named to list of best employers for diversity in U.S.

Consumers Energy has been ranked 13th on the Forbes list of America’s Best Employers for Diversity.

This is the first time Forbes has compiled this list, and the magazine cites the fact that “One study after another has shown that companies with more diverse teams have stronger financial performance.”

To compile this list, Forbes worked with a research firm to survey 30,000 employees. Only companies with 1,000 or more workers were eligible to qualify for the list.

The survey firm asked questions about diversity, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age and disability. Responses among underrepresented ethnic minorities, women and people aged 50 and older received greater weight in the ranking. Other factors incorporated were the gender split of companies’ management teams and boards and whether a company proactively communicates about diversity.

Consumers was the highest ranked utility, although several other companies in the hydro and dams industries made the list, including:

PCL Construction #48

CH2M Hill #55

Siemens #76

General Electric #85

Pacific Gas & Electric #115

Southern Company #143

Duke Energy #161

Dominion Energy #176

PPL #227

“Receiving national recognition for diversity is humbling and affirming, and it’s really a result of our strong focus on people, planet and prosperity and continuously improving how we serve the people of Michigan,” said Patti Poppe, president and chief executive officer of Consumers Energy. “Valuing and encouraging diversity helps build a workforce equipped with perspectives that serve our communities.”

Consumers Energy provides natural gas and/or electricity to 6.7 million residents in Michigan. The company operates 13 hydroelectric plants along five waterways that have a combined capacity of about 130 MW.

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