Forbes recognizes FirstEnergy Corp.

AKRON — FirstEnergy Corp. has been named to Forbes magazine’s Best Employers for Diversity 2020 list, recognizing the company’s efforts to develop a diverse workforce.

Forbes partnered with market research firm Statista to identify America’s top 500 employers for diversity through a survey where employees offered their perceptions on the topics of age, gender equality, ethnicity, disability, LGBTQA+ and general diversity concerning their own employer.

“Developing a diverse workforce reflective of the communities we serve and fostering a work environment where all employees are encouraged to be their authentic selves makes us a stronger and more successful company,” said Christine L. Walker, FirstEnergy’s senior vice president and chief human resources offer. “It is an honor to be recognized by Forbes for our commitment to diversity in the workplace.”

The designation by Forbes is among the recent recognition FirstEnergy has received for its commitment to diversity in the workplace.

The company was also named to the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index for the second consecutive year, and received a score of 80 out of 100 for its initiatives to support LGBTQ employees in the company’s first year participating in the Human Rights Campaign’s 2020 Corporate Equality Index.

FirstEnergy has made significant strides to further embed diversity and inclusion in its culture. Through an annual survey that measures employee perceptions of diversity and inclusion, an increased number of employees indicated that they feel comfortable voicing their opinions openly. Together with initiatives such as employee business resource groups (EBRGs), enhanced hiring, recruiting and development processes that focus on diversity and inclusion, and a formal mentoring program, the company continues to engage employees in its efforts to make FirstEnergy a top place to work with an inviting and open culture.

Now in its third year, the Forbes Best Employers for Diversity list comprises companies from 24 industries, including utilities, insurance, automotive, education and healthcare. The companies were chosen based on an independent survey from a representative sample of 60,000 employees working for companies employing at least 1,000 people in their U.S. operations.