JCPenney Celebrated for Inclusion and Diversity Efforts

JCPenney has been recognized as one of the best places to work for women and diverse managers! Diversity MBA Media – a national organization that integrates diversity and inclusion with talent management – recently released its annual list of companies that have made progress in achieving outstanding inclusion and diversity results. JCPenney ranks 29th, alongside the likes of Toyota, Bank of America, and United Airlines, all of which were ranked based on how they’re investing in intentional strategies to advance women and managers of diverse backgrounds.

“More and more companies are finding ways to integrate social responsibility, community, and workplace as the formula for building successful, inclusive environments,” said Pam McElvane, CEO and publisher of Diversity MBA Magazine, in a press release.

At JCPenney, we remain committed to fostering an environment where associates can bring their whole selves to work. After all, it’s our differences and unique experiences we each bring to the table that spark creativity, nurture innovation, and help ensure we’re offering what’s right for our customers.

“It’s an honor for JCPenney to receive recognition for the work our teams do to create and foster an inclusive environment for our customers and associates,” said Brynn Evanson, executive vice president, chief human resources officer.

Some of that work includes emphasizing Inclusion & Diversity in our recruitment, including efforts at Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Hispanic-Serving Institutions. In addition, the Company launched a Supplier Diversity Development Program several years ago, aimed at strengthening and increasing relationships with vendors who are diverse-owned. JCPenney also focuses its philanthropic efforts on closing the opportunity gap for underserved youth.

The award comes on the heels of recognition from both Diversity Inc and Working Mother magazine for our Inclusion and Diversity efforts.

“Remaining focused on our customer is at the heart of our diversity efforts,” said Evanson. “We’re thrilled to receive this recognition, yet we must continue to improve. The advancement of our I&D culture is ongoing, and we strive every day to treat others as we wish to be treated, educate ourselves about racism to promote equality and fairness, and celebrate the rich diversity within our Company.”