To win this coveted distinction, Chrysler had to outscore hundreds of firms in a thorough analysis of womens benefits encompassing well known womens issues and advancement, child care, flexible work arrangements, parental leave and company culture, both in terms of access and the level of compliance at all levels of the corporation.
Chrysler and other companies so honored will be featured in the next issue of 34-year-old publication.
The apparently female Jeep Grand Cherokee above right, jumped for joy upon hearing of the recognition. (Thanks to RMAP officer Roman Mica for the picture from last weeks 4XFall.)
"Being recognized by Working Mother as one of the 100 Best validates Chrysler Group's commitment to diversity and work-life effectiveness," said Nancy A. Rae, Senior Vice President– Human Resources, Chrysler Group LLC. "We strive to provide programs and resources that help our employees balance the demands of work and family. Together with the UAW, we have consistently provided progressive work-life programs, understanding that employees will be more productive and engaged when they have peace of mind at home."
Working Mother claims an unpaid circulation of 2,000,000, but based on previous work experience with freely distributed periodicals, distribution numbers are frequently inflated. Wikipedia lists the 2011 circulation at 800,000 for the magazine published eight times a year.
The publisher is Working Mother Media, a subsidiary of Bonnier Corporation, reportedly the largest multimedia conglomerate in the US. It is focused on the advancement of women and engendering diversity in the workplace. The 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers is but one of many similar lists and tallies the magazine proclaims annually.
"The UAW places a high priority on addressing issues at the bargaining table that improve the quality of life for our members and their families," said UAW Vice President General Holiefield, director of the union's Chrysler Department. "We're very proud to work with Chrysler Group to provide 'people programs' that help employees maintain a healthy balance in fulfilling their job and family responsibilities."
The Best Companies list marks a 27th anniversary this year, and apparently is a highly regarded evaluation of corporate responsibility in terms of women’s rights in certain circles. Working Mother magazine is the self-proclaimed leading national magazine for career-oriented mothers.
"Women are an important part of Chrysler Group's commitment to diversity and inclusion, and we are privileged to be able to continue the legacy," Rae added. "Chrysler Group's commitment to diversity and inclusion will continue to be a source of competitive advantage for our Company."
The Chrysler Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
Not only has the Chrysler Group been named to the 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers 13 times, they have also been acclaimed six times by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation as a leading corporation supporting diversity and inclusion in the US. The brand has also been named by Hispanic Business to their Diversity Elite 60 as a result of strategies implemented to better serve Hispanic customers and conduct more business with minority and Hispanic-owned suppliers.
Latina Style included the Chrysler Group in the 2012 list of the 50 Best Companies for Hispanic women to work in the US, one of the most significant acknowledgments of US corporate efforts promoting diversity and career advancement opportunities to Latinas.
Furthermore, both this year and last, Diversity Inc has recognized Chrysler commitment to inclusion by naming among the Top 50 Companies for Diversity, and designation reserved for companies thought to be diversity-management leaders.
The Chrysler Group has learned a valuable secret – inclusion is good business.
Torque News salutes their dedication to equal opportunity for all.