Southern Company was recognized for its leadership in and commitment to diversity and inclusion in employment and business practices.
"Southern Company understands the value of a workplace where every employee feels valued and respected," said Southern Company Services Vice President of Human Resources Stacy R. Kilcoyne. "It's not just a corporate performance goal - sustaining a culture of excellence through inclusion is imperative to serving customers."
As part of its long-standing commitment, Southern Company's focus on ensuring diversity is reflected in leadership, workforce and suppliers, including its award-winning efforts in recruiting military veterans and people with disabilities. The company, through its subsidiaries, strives to be an employer of choice by offering a stable work environment, dynamic culture and competitive pay and benefits package.
In selecting the 40 Best Companies for Diversity, Black Enterprise conducted a comprehensive survey of the top 1,000 publicly traded companies and 100 leading global companies with significant operations in the United States - focusing on activities related to the participation of African-Americans and other ethnic minority groups as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau. Key areas of consideration included employee base, senior management, board of directors and supplier diversity.