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Diversifying the Workforce

 

The demographic makeup of United States society has changed drastically in the last 25 years and will continue to change moving forward. According to projections released by the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. population will be more racially and ethnically diverse by 2060. 

FCA US LLC is making strides to support diversity, by hiring, retaining and promoting women, minorities, people with disabilities, LGBTQ and veterans and in developing programs that support supplier diversity. Recent highlights include:     

  • For three years, FCA US has been named a top supporter of engineering programs at the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs).

  • The Company also supports various organizations that advance women’s involvement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professions, including the Michigan Council of Women in Technology and the Society of Women Engineers.

  • FCA US received Silver Status as a Michigan Friendly Employer by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency in recognition of recruitment strategies aimed at veterans.

  • The Company recently achieved a 100 percent rating on Human Rights Campaign’s 2017 Corporate Equality Index, which rates employers on their LGBTQ workplace policies and benefits. The Company has attained a 100 percent CEI rating ten times since the benchmark was established in 2002.  

Starting from the inside out

Internally, the Company supports seven business resource groups representing a range of affinity communities including Women, African-American, Asian, Hispanic, LGBT, Native American and Veterans. More than 1,000 employees are members or allies of these resource groups. 

These employee-directed groups pursue initiatives that enhance the FCA US work culture, including career development of members, celebrating multi cultural traditions and bringing value to the company through volunteer, charitable and strategic activities. 

For example, the Asians Connected Together (ACT) group recently held an event to celebrate the end of Ramadan at the company’s Auburn Hills headquarters. While last spring the Women’s Forum held many events in celebration of Women’s History Month including “Our Daughters, Their Future.” This half-day program invited high school-aged daughters of employees to FCA US to help the young women discover their strengths, interests and to prepare them to pursue a range of possible career paths.

Diversity leadership 

This year, FCA US placed ninth on a list of “Noteworthy Companies for Diversity” by DiversityInc magazine. A diversity publication, the core of DiversityInc is its “Top 50 Companies for Diversity” competition. Now in its 18th year, more than 1,800 companies across 15 industries participate in the metrics-driven evaluation. 

“Companies with great reputations attract the best and most skilled employees who then create and deliver the best products and services,” Luke Visconti, DiversityInc founder, and CEO, said.  

FCA US was also named a “Top Companies for Veterans,” a specialty category that is part of the competition.  This is the first year the Company earned a position on this list. 

“Companies selected to these lists excel in such areas as hiring, retaining and promoting women, minorities, people with disabilities, LGBTQ and veterans and in developing programs that support supplier diversity,” DiversityInc notes. 

Scott Thiele, Chief Purchasing Officer, FCA NV (left), Kevin Bell, Head of Diversity Supplier Development and Training, FCA US (center), and Steven Phillips, ConForm Automotive President and CEO (right) discuss material options during the annual MatchMaker held at FCA US headquarters in Auburn Hills, Mich.

Supplier Diversity  

The Company also develops programs that support supplier diversity. 

FCA US spent nearly $3 billion with approximately 230 minority, women- and veteran-owned suppliers, representing more than 8 percent of the Company’s total annual purchasing in 2016. Since 1983, the Company has purchased nearly $58 billion from diverse suppliers.   

Last year, FCA US was honored with leading awards for its supplier diversity programs, including:    

Corporation of the Year from The Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC)  

Corporation of the Year for its tier-two Diversity Program from the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC)   

Top Corporation by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)  

Corporation of the Year for 2016 from Great Lakes Women’s Business Council 

As you can see diversity is an interwoven part of the FCA US culture that continues to grow and thrive.