American Airlines Recognized in the September 2009 Issue Among the Nation's Top 60 Diversity Elite Companies
FORT WORTH, Texas, Sept. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- American Airlines has been named one of the Top 60 Companies for Hispanics by Hispanic Business magazine. American was recognized for its diversity initiatives and its dedication to the Hispanic community.
This is the fourth consecutive year that American has received the distinction from Hispanic Business, which uses multiple criteria to measure U.S. companies' commitment to Hispanic hiring, promotion, marketing, philanthropy, and supplier diversity. At No. 38, American is the only passenger airline in the Top 60 Diversity Elite Directory.
"When you consider that we survey over 600 companies for this list, to be anywhere on the top 60 is something to be proud of," said Michael Caplinger, Research Supervisor with Hispanic Business Inc. "American Airlines scored high in several of our ranking categories, including supplier diversity, marketing and community outreach, and diversity retention and promotion."
American is working in a positive direction to promote diversity within its organization, Caplinger said.
American's Supplier Diversity Program assures the inclusion of minorities, women and LGBT-owned companies in procurement and construction opportunities. And, its Diversity Leadership Strategy focuses on establishing best practices in employment and advancement, inclusive work practices, diverse segment marketing, and diversity education.
"At American Airlines, we understand the fundamental links among diversity, inclusion and business success," said Denise Lynn, American's Vice President - Diversity and Leadership Strategies. "Our commitment to diversity is about ensuring that our customers receive excellent service delivered by dedicated, passionate people who reflect the communities they serve. As a result, American's progressive policies and programs continue to lead the airline industry, frequently setting the standard for other companies."
The Hispanic Latino Employee Resource Group (HLERG), founded in March 1997, is another example of American's commitment to the U.S. Hispanic market. Its mission is to promote an environment that facilitates the hiring, professional development, and promotional opportunities of Hispanic employees, while enhancing American's global competitiveness and its image.
American Airlines has a long history of involvement with, and support for, the Hispanic community across the U.S., also partnering with pillar Hispanic community organizations at both the local and national level. Since 1941, when service was first launched to Mexico, American has focused on the U.S. Hispanic market - a market that has been a driving and thriving opportunity for the company.
American Airlines has become Latin America's premier airline, offering more flights to more destinations than any other carrier. American's Latin America/Mexico route system encompasses 41 destinations in 17 countries and includes five American Eagle destinations in Mexico.
In addition to community outreach, American offers Hispanic travelers unparalleled flight choices on a global route network, the AAdvantage® frequent flyer program and Admirals Clubs lounges at more than 40 airports around the world.
For more information about Hispanic Business magazine's Top 60 Diversity Elite Companies for Hispanics, or for a complete list of honorees, visit www.hispanicbusiness.com/magazine.
About American Airlines
American Airlines, American Eagle and AmericanConnection® serve 250 cities in 40 countries with, on average, more than 3,400 daily flights. The combined network fleet numbers more than 900 aircraft. American's award-winning Web site, AA.com®, provides users with easy access to check and book fares, plus personalized news, information and travel offers. American Airlines is a founding member of the oneworld® Alliance, which brings together some of the best and biggest names in the airline business, enabling them to offer their customers more services and benefits than any airline can provide on its own. Together, its members serve nearly 700 destinations in more than 130 countries and territories. American Airlines, Inc. and American Eagle Airlines, Inc. are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation. AmericanAirlines, American Eagle, AmericanConnection, AA.com, We know why you fly and AAdvantage are registered trademarks of American Airlines, Inc. (NYSE: AMR)
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