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General Mills has been chosen as one of the 2009 Best Companies for Multicultural Women for the sixth consecutive year by Working Mother magazine. “This honor reflects the importance General Mills places on creating an inclusive workplace,” said Ken Charles, VP of diversity and inclusion at the Minneapolis-based company. “We know that diversity makes us a more innovative and competitive company. As such, recruiting, retaining and advancing women of color are critically tied to our success.”
Profiled in the June/July issue of Working Mother magazine, General Mills is recognized for its success in retaining talented women of color and for offering comprehensive resources such as its seven employee networks and several mentoring programs.
“Creating an environment where all employees can thrive is essential to a company’s success. Each Best Company for Multicultural Women demonstrates commitment to diversity by putting its money where its mouth is — through key programs and practices,” said Carol Evans, president, Working Mother Media.
To be considered for the Best Companies for Multicultural Women recognition, each company applied and supplied Working Mother with key data points. For the 2009 list, the most weight was given to questions involving representation, training, development and advancement of multicultural women. DFD Consulting, an independent survey research firm in Maplewood, N.J., tabulated the scores.