CHICAGO, Feb. 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- JLL (NYSE: JLL) has been named one of the 50 Best Companies for Diversity by BLACK ENTERPRISE and The Executive Leadership Council, the leading organization of black senior managers. The list identifies companies that understand the value of diversity and engagement and promote those values from the highest levels of corporate leadership.
Among other initiatives, JLL offers a targeted development program for senior and mid-level African American talent through the Executive Leadership Council. From 2016 to 2017, the firm saw a 22 percent increase in African American leaders within senior officer-level roles.
"A diverse group of people with varying backgrounds, experiences and ideas is everything," said Mary Bilbrey, Chief Human Resources Officer, Americas. "At JLL, that breadth and depth of knowledge enables us to serve clients more fully and achieve our business ambitions while empowering our people to succeed as well."
In 2005, BLACK ENTERPRISE began publishing its list of the "Best Companies for Diversity," identifying firms that proved to be the best of the best in developing a culture and executing policies that promoted inclusion of African Americans within their workforce, senior management ranks, corporate boards and supplier pools.
"At a time when African American executive talent is more abundant than ever, corporations should willingly embrace our inclusion to drive their performance," says BLACK ENTERPRISE's President and CEO Earl "Butch" Graves Jr. "The strength of our nation is in its diversity. In order for America to fully realize its potential, African Americans and other minorities must be an integral part of that equation—period."
To compile the list, BLACK ENTERPRISE sent surveys to the nation's top 1,000 publicly traded companies, as well as to the 100 leading global companies with strong U.S. operations. The final list includes those that showed a commitment to diversifying its ranks in four areas: employee base, senior management, procurement and board of directors. Companies were also chosen by their programs created to nurture and maintain a diverse professional space. Surveys didn't simply focus on black inclusion, but ethnic-minority groups as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau. Supporting criteria used to finalize the list included efforts directed toward women, people with disabilities, veterans and the LGBT community.
The complete report, including methodology and selection criteria, is available in BLACK ENTERPRISE magazine.
Clients and third-party organizations continue to recognize JLL globally for its ethics, corporate citizenship and commitment to being an employer of choice. JLL has collected the following U.S. and global awards in the last year:
- Dow Jones Sustainability Index, North America, second year in a row
- One of World's Most Ethical Companies, Ethisphere Institute, 10th year in a row
- LinkedIn Top Companies, second year in a row
- Working Mother 100 Best Companies
- Perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's Corporate Equality Index, fourth year in a row
- 2018 Military Friendly® Employer, Victory Media
JLL (NYSE: JLL) is a leading professional services firm that specializes in real estate and investment management. A Fortune 500 company, JLL helps real estate owners, occupiers and investors achieve their business ambitions. In 2016, JLL had revenue of $6.8 billion and fee revenue of $5.8 billion and, on behalf of clients, managed 4.4 billion square feet, or 409 million square meters, and completed sales acquisitions and finance transactions of approximately $145 billion. At the end of the third quarter of 2017, JLL had nearly 300 corporate offices, operations in over 80 countries and a global workforce of over 80,000. As of September 30, 2017, LaSalle Investment Management had $59.0 billion of real estate under asset management. JLL is the brand name, and a registered trademark, of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated. For further information, visit ir.jll.com.
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