Consumers Energy is ranked by Forbes magazine as the best employer for diversity in Michigan.
The energy provider placed 13th overall in Forbes’s list of America’s best employers for diversity from all industries across the nation, and is the only company in the “utilities” category in the top 100 of the listing.
The recognition comes on the heels of Consumers Energy receiving a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2018 Corporate Equality Index, and being ranked the best employer in Michigan by Forbes in 2017.
“Receiving national recognition for diversity is humbling and affirming, and it’s really a result of our strong focus on people, planet and prosperity and continuously improving how we serve the people of Michigan,” said Patti Poppe, Consumers Energy’s president and chief executive officer. “Valuing and encouraging diversity helps build a workforce equipped with perspectives that serve our communities.”
Forbes determined the ranking of companies with at least 1,000 employees by anonymous surveys. Almost 30,000 American workers were surveyed about issues of gender, ethnicity, LGBTQ+, age and disability. Responses from underrepresented ethnic minorities, women and people aged 50 and older received greater weight in the diversity ranking.