Verizon has been included for the eight consecutive year in the List of Best Companies for Latinas to Work for, an annual list compiled by LATINA Style Magazine. The company has earned the No. 4 ranking due to its commitment to diversity and inclusion. At Verizon, women and people of color make up nearly 60 percent of the workforce, and women hold 29 percent of the senior management positions.
“In today’s increasingly global and competitive environment an inclusive corporate culture is essential to providing the products and services your customers want, when and how they want it,” said Magda Yrizarry, Verizon’s chief diversity officer and vice president for talent management. “At Verizon, our goal is to maximize opportunities for our customers, employees, suppliers and the communities we serve. We’re honored to once again have that commitment recognized by LATINA Style magazine.”
LATINA Style analyzed over 800 companies based on workplace issues that the publication’s readers identified as most important to compile its annual list of Best Companies for Latinas to Work for. Some of the issues mentioned by readers were number of Latina executives, mentoring programs, Latina board members, educational opportunities, alternative work policies, dependent and child care support, employee benefits, women’s issues, job retraining and affinity groups.
Some of the aspects recommending Verizon as a top company to work for are work-family policies, designed to give employees the means to help them manage their lives; all employees are eligible to receive discounts on child care at more than 2,000 centers nationwide; to address the special needs of many new parents, Verizon offers a Gradual Return to Work Program for employees returning from childbirth or child adoption leaves.
Moreover, the company’s philanthropic division, the Verizon Foundations, contributed in the past three years over 38 million US dollars to nonprofits and charitable programs serving the Hispanic community.
It’s likely that one of Verizon’s many PR firms entered them in this award contest – their PR agencies include Axia Public Relations, Makovsky PR in New York City, MDC Partners’ Allison+Partners, as well as Crenshaw Communications.