SRI list: Best Companies for Multicultural Women 2010
As stated in our "Mission Statement" at the top of this website, we are seeking SRI candidates using Positive Screening.
Ideally, we're looking for "earthy, granola" organizations that are Big on ESG, especially within their community - the "S" in ESG. But, this community isn't just the community of investors, or other stakeholders such as suppliers. It isn't even just the local community where the company operates.
We believe, a company's employee community is just as important. It is employees who help create a corporation's unique personality/soul. When it works best, it builds a cohesive climate of mutual trust and respect where employees can feel comfortable to perform their best, not because they have to, but because they want to.
You know, there's a saying that "Charity begins at Home" meaning before you can even attempt to change the world in a positive way, you'd better look inside yourself first. As a side-note, we're using the word "Charity" to make a point. In reality, all we're looking for is that each and every one of us feel like we've got a fair shot of what we deserve in the first place.
We are fond of Working Mother magazine, and have read several of its presentations and publications. They have many interesting online articles including several lists, you can access here.
The list below is of the Best Companies for Multicultural Women. The publication's Working Mother Research Institute screened companies that provided great working environments for women of color, both in their support when they start at the company and throughout their career.
Companies were chosen based on detailed applications sent to the Institute, then an independent Research firm tabulated the scores. However, note that these companies were not elected or voted for by an advisory board/committee. For example, if a great company didn't submit an application, it was not included in the list.
Note: Most of these companies are publicly-traded, and thus, potential SRI candidates. Individual company excerpts are written by Working Mother Institute.
Disclosure: the author is long American Express, Cisco Systems.