Chrysler Group Named Among “The Best Companies For Diversity” for 2011

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    Chrysler Group Named Among "The Best Companies For Diversity" for 2011

    PR Newswire

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich., June 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ —

    • Company selected by readers of Diversity/Careers in Engineering & Information Technology magazine
    • Readers' choice survey identifies employers of technical professionals "doing the best work promoting diversity, and supporting minorities and women, work/life balance and supplier diversity" 
    • Selected companies to be featured in the June/July issue of the magazine

    The readers of Diversity/Careers in Engineering & Information Technology magazine have named Chrysler Group to the magazine's "Best Companies For Diversity" list for 2011.  This annual reader survey identifies employers of technical professionals in the U.S. the magazine's readers believe "are doing the best work promoting diversity and supporting women and minorities, work/life balance and supplier diversity."

    The readers' choices were based on their perceptions, formed by their own experiences, their conversations with others and what they'd read about the employers.  Readers were asked to affirm the status of employers that have been recognized as Best Diversity Companies in previous reader surveys conducted by the magazine, and were given the opportunity to include new employers "whose diversity initiatives were particularly striking."

    This was the first time since the Best Diversity Companies Readers Survey was launched five years ago that Chrysler Group was selected.  The readers who took part in the survey were diverse, college-educated technical professionals and students that included women, African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Asian Americans, veterans, and people with disabilities.

    "At Chrysler Group, our commitment to diversity is enterprise-wide and comprehensive," said Lisa J. Wicker, Head, Talent Acquisitions, Global Diversity and Compliance, Chrysler Group LLC.  "It is gratifying that our efforts to build a diverse and inclusive work culture is being recognized by a wide range of technical professionals and students who may consider Chrysler Group an excellent career destination today and in the future."

    Diversity/Careers will publish the "Best Companies" list in its June/July issue.

    "The Best Companies For Diversity Readers Survey  indicates how well companies are getting their diversity messages across," said Roberta Renard, Publisher, Diversity/Careers in Engineering & Information Technology magazine.  "Chrysler Group can be very proud that Diversity/Careers readers recognize the Company's efforts to support diversity and communicate its vision, values and accomplishments with a diverse community comprised of technical professionals and students."

    About Chrysler Group's Leadership Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

    Chrysler historically has been a leader in promoting diversity throughout its enterprise. The Company was named one of the "100 Best Companies for Working Mothers" by Working Mother magazine 12 times, and has been recognized five times by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation as one of the country's leading corporations supporting diversity and inclusion. In 2009 and 2010, Chrysler was named to HispanicBusiness magazine's prestigious Diversity Elite 60, for implementing strategies to reach more Hispanic customers and to pursue more business with minority- and Hispanic-owned suppliers.  Since 1983, Chrysler has purchased more than $43 billion from minority-owned companies.

    Early in 2010, CEO Sergio Marchionne assumed the role as executive sponsor of Chrysler's Global Diversity Council and reaffirmed the commitment of Chrysler's leadership team to the values and principles of diversity. "Culture is the fabric that holds organizations together. It is not just an ingredient for success; it is the essence of success itself," Marchionne wrote. "This is why my leadership team and I are committed to creating an atmosphere where all of our people feel respected and valued, because every person plays an important role in shaping our future, including employees, our supply base, our marketing and our dealer network. Chrysler Group LLC and its people have a future with promise. We will reach the full measure of that promise only as one, united diverse team."

    In March 2011, the editors of DiversityInc magazine named Chrysler Group to the magazine's 2011 list of "Top 50 Companies for Diversity." This coveted annual benchmark is comprised of companies the magazine's editors believe are diversity-management leaders. This was the fifth year since the list was established in 2001 that Chrysler has been included.

    In April 2011, Chrysler Group was named among the nation's "Top Supporters" of Engineering Programs of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, recognizing the Company's efforts in developing, recruiting and hiring talented students pursuing technical careers at the nation's minority-serving institutions.

    About Diversity Careers in Engineering & Information Technology magazine

    Today, Diversity/Careers and its companion website, www.diversitycareers.com, serve engineering and IT professionals who are women, African Americans, Hispanics, Asian Americans, Native Americans, people with disabilities and members of other diversity groups.  Readers turn to Diversity/Careers for information on a marquee list of corporations, government agencies and NGOs seeking to recruit seasoned professionals and recent college graduates. Diversity/Careers publishes six bi-monthly professional issues and two semi-annual minority college issues a year.

    About Chrysler Group LLC

    Chrysler Group LLC, formed in 2009 from a global strategic alliance with Fiat S.pA., produces Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, Mopar and Fiat vehicles and products. With the resources, technology and worldwide distribution network required to compete on a global scale, the alliance builds on Chrysler Group's culture of innovation, first established by Walter P. Chrysler in 1925, and Fiat's complementary technology that dates back to its founding in 1899.

    Headquartered in Auburn Hills, Mich., Chrysler Group's product lineup features some of the world's most recognizable vehicles, including the Chrysler 300, Jeep Wrangler, Dodge Challenger and Ram 1500. Fiat contributes world-class technology, platforms and powertrains for small- and medium-size cars, allowing Chrysler Group to offer an expanded product line including environmentally friendly vehicles.

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