Walmart a leader for Latinas, according to magazine

Walmart was ranked second on this year’s Latina Style 50 Report, the publication announced earlier this week.

Now in its 15th year, the Latina Style 50 report seeks to identify companies that are providing the best career opportunities for Latinas in the U.S. Cable television operator Comcast was this year’s top ranked company.

Companies are evaluated based on issues readers identify as important to them in the workplace. For example, among the principal areas of evaluation are: number of Latina executives, Latina retention, mentoring programs, educational opportunities, alternative work policies, employee benefits, women’s issues, job retraining, affinity groups, and Hispanic relations. This year, new categories of evaluation were added such as which companies have a dedicated program to supplier diversity and have increased their Latina population.

"Latinas are extremely loyal to the companies they work for, so it is essential that they make the right choice in selecting their employers," said Robert Bard, president and CEO of Latina Style. "It is our job to assist them in identifying the companies that will provide them with the best opportunities to succeed. Latinas can be reassured that the Latina Style 50 Report provides them with the best view of where they should look for a job."

Regarding Walmart, the publication said, "Walmart’s Latina recruitment approach is comprised of attending national conferences, regional summits, and local recruitment activities among others. Walmart maintains relations with a variety of Hispanic organizations including the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) and the Association of Hispanic Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA). Walmart also supports Excelencia in Education, which focuses on first generation Hispanic college students and driving higher education and graduation rates into the workforce. These relationships help the company gain visibility with potential candidates and top talent."

In addition, the publication noted that internally, Walmart has several task force programs that cater to women, including Women Officer Caucus, President’s Global Council of Women Leaders, and Women in Retail Associate Resource Group. Each task force works together to determine appropriate goals and measurements for the year such as women representation in the workforce for non-management and officer-level placements. 
Latina Style also noted that Gisel Ruiz serves as COO of Walmart U.S. where she is responsible for more than 3,800 stores. Ruiz began her career as a store management trainee in 1992 and held positions of increasing responsibility ever since.

2012 Latina Style Top 50 Companies and honorable mentions included:

1. Comcast Corporation, Philadelphia, PA
2. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Bentonville, AR
3. Verizon Communications Inc., New York, NY
4. Deloitte, New York, NY
5. Marriott International, Inc., Bethesda, MD
6. Prudential Financial Inc., Newark, NJ
7. Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, CA
8. AT&T, Dallas, TX
9. Johnson & Johnson & US Affiliated
Companies (Excluding Puerto Rico),
New Brunswick, NJ
10. Kraft Foods, Northfield, IL
11. Macy's, Inc., Cincinnati, OH
12. Aflac Incorporated, Columbus, GA
13. Booz Allen Hamilton, McLean, VA
14. Wells Fargo & Company, San Francisco, CA
15. McDonald's Corporation, Oak Brook, IL
16. IBM Corporation, Armonk, NY
17. General Mills, Minneapolis, MN
18. WellPoint, Inc., Indianapolis, IN
19. Southern California Edison, Rosemead, CA
20. Sodexo, Inc., Gaithersburg, MD
21. Allstate Insurance Company, Northbrook, IL
22. Morgan Stanley, New York, NY
23. USAA, San Antonio, TX
24. Darden Restaurants, Orlando, FL
25. State Farm, Bloomington, IL
26. The Coca-Cola Company, Atlanta, GA
27. American Express, New York, NY
28. CITI, New York, NY
29. PepsiCo, Inc., Purchase, NY
30. New York Life Insurance Company,
New York, NY
31. MetLife, Inc., New York, NY
32. Comerica Bank, Dallas, TX
33. Bank of America, Charlotte, NC
34. General Motors Company, Detroit, MI
35. Colgate-Palmolive, New York, NY
36. Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Chicago, IL
37. Wyndham Worldwide Corporation,
Parsippany, NJ
38. TIAA-CREF, New York, NY
39. XEROX Corporation, Norwalk, CT
40. MGM Resort International, Las Vegas, NV
41. Hilton Worldwide, McLean, VA
42. Freddie Mac, McLean, VA
43. Army and Air Force Exchange Service,
Dallas, TX
44. Chubb Group of Insurance Companies,
Warren, NJ
45. Chrysler Group LLC, Auburn Hills, MI
46. Navy Exchange Service Command
(NEXCOM), Virginia Beach, VA
47. Nationwide Insurance Company,
Columbus, OH
48. US Airways, Inc., Tempe, AZ
49. Sprint, Overland Park, KS
50. Consolidated Edison, Inc., New York, NY

Honorable Mentions (In Alphabetical Order):

American Airlines
CVS Caremark Corporation
Fannie Mae
Horizon Healthcare Services, Inc.
Ingersoll Rand
Northern Trust
PG&E
SCI Counsulting Services, Inc.
Teach For America
The Progressive Group of Insurance Companies
United Technologies Corporation