The positive environment we create by vigorously embracing diversity and inclusion is its own reward. We celebrate our accomplishments and are proud to reflect upon the energy and commitment it takes to earn them. This is the same energy that enables us to be a strong airline, deliver excellent customer service, support our communities, and better fulfill our global corporate responsibility.
DREAM EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR: American Airlines was named Dream Employer of the Year in the 7th Edition of the Asia Best Employer Brand Awards 2016, hosted by World HRD Congress and the Employer Branding Institute. In addition, General Manager/Hong Kong Airport Brian Chow received the Award for Excellence in Improving Performance Through Leadership.
Human Rights Campaign: American Airlines has been honored once again by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation with the highest possible rating in the prestigious 2017 Corporate Equality Index (CEI). American was the only airline to achieve a perfect score when the CEI launched in 2002, and is one of only a handful of corporations to do so every year since. The CEI is a nationally recognized benchmark that evaluates America’s top workplaces and their inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees and their allies. Companies like American that earn the top CEI score of 100 percent also are named the “Best Places to Work” in the U.S.
WOMEN WORTH WATCHING: Profiles in Diversity Journal selected American Airlines Vice President of Financial Planning Heather Garboden as a winner of the 2016 Women Worth Watching Award.
Top 25 Councils in the nation: Association of ERGs and Councils recognized American’s Diversity Advisory Council for the eighth consecutive year as a Top 25 in the nation and are now a part of the exclusive Leaders’ Circle.
A mosaic of diversity in Tulsa: The Tulsa Regional Chamber’s diversity business council honored American with the 2016 Mosaic award. The primary focus of Mosaic is to create awareness about the competitive advantage of having a diverse and inclusive business climate in the Tulsa region.
Disability Equality Index:American scored 100 percent on the 2016 Disability Equality Index. The DEI® is a joint initiative of the USBLN and AAPD, comprised of business leaders, policy experts and disability advocates. The DEI annual benchmarking tool offers businesses an opportunity to receive an objective assessment of their overall disability inclusion policies, helping to identify opportunities for continued improvement, while building their reputations as organizations that value diversity and inclusion.
National President’s Community Service Award: The League of Latin American Citizens’ (LULAC) prestigious National President’s Community Service Award was presented to American Airlines Captain Jim Palmersheim, senior manager – Veterans Initiatives and former U.S. Army pilot. This honor is given annually to an individual in the community who works closely with veterans and active duty military to provide them outstanding programs and services. American has always been proud to support our military.
2016 NBIC Best-of-the-Best Top 30 Corporations: American received honor from The National Business Inclusion Consortium (NBIC) for our outstanding commitment to cross-segment diversity and inclusion in employee programs and supplier diversity.
Canadian Employment Equity Achievement Awards: American achieved representation above the overall Canadian labor market transportation sector in three out of four designated groups, including women, visible minorities and people with disabilities.
Corporate Veterans Business Champion of the Year: Supplier Diversity was selected to receive National Veteran-Owned Business Association’s (NaVOBA) Award for the airline’s dedication to helping develop veteran business owners as suppliers and continued support of NaVOBA.
Momentum Award from the Women’s Business Council Southwest: The Women’s Business Council Southwest awarded American the honor for growth in spending with certified women-owned businesses.
2016 BRG Award of Excellence: American Airlines was selected as a 2016 Disability BRG Award of Excellence Recipient by Springboard Consulting, LLC. This is the only national award that specifically recognizes, honors and celebrates the outstanding contributions and achievements of Corporate Disability Business Resource Groups.
Equal Opportunity: American Airlines ranks on the 23rd Annual "Top 50 Employers" list in Equal Opportunity Magazine. The readers of Equal Opportunity selected the top companies in the country for which they would most prefer to work or believe would provide a positive working environment for members of minority groups
STEP Ahead: The Manufacturing Institute awarded its 2016 STEP Ahead Award to Stacey Brown, senior manager at American’s Tulsa Maintenance and Engineering Center. The annual award recognizes accomplishments for women in science, technology, engineering and production.
MOST COMPELLING WOMAN: American’s Elise Eberwein, EVP – People and Communications, was named one of Premier Traveler’s 20 Most Compelling Women in Travel in 2015. Her commitment to corporate diversity and putting frontline employees first helps American in its pursuit to becoming the greatest airline in the world.
BEST OF THE BEST 2015: American is recognized as a Top Diversity Employer and Top Supplier Diversity Programs for 2015 by four diversity-focused magazines: US Veteran Military Magazine, Hispanic Network Magazine, Black EOE Magazine and Professional Woman’s Magazine. The publications surveyed 100s of companies to determine the Best of the Best in relation to outreach and accessibility. American is proud of this distinction and honored by the recognition.
The WE USA magazine honors America's Top 100 Leaders in Supplier Diversity for our commitment to provide a more diverse and inclusive supply chain and for their outreach and involvement - including business council and board participation and mentoring.
American was honored as Corporation of the Year at its 35th Annual National Convention and Business Expo in Salt Lake City, Utah. Fern Fernandez, Vice President, Global Marketing, accepted the award on behalf of American, noting, “American Airlines has been a longstanding partner with the Hispanic community, and we are proud to support the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.” He added, “American Airlines’ commitment to the Hispanic community and culture is far more than a statement; it’s woven into the fabric of our business and everyday practices.”
Best 50 Out Front:
American has been recognized for the fourth consecutive year as one of the Best 50 Out Front Companies by DiversityMBA magazine. This recognition celebrates companies that implement intentional strategies that support inclusive and active diversity. The measurement categories that determined the best 50 companies include: accountability, succession planning, representation, recruitment, workplace inclusion and retention, and board diversity. The ultimate outcome is the advancement of women and people of color into senior leadership positions.
The Florida Economic Development Council selected Art Torno, Senior Vice President, Mexico, Caribbean and Latin America, as a recipient of the Southeast Region Volunteer of the Year Award.
American received one of the top scores in the 2013 Corporate Inclusion Index (HACR CII), a publication of the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) organization.
The U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation Southwest Region recognized Helen Yu, Director Employee Relations, at an event honoring the accomplishments of area Asian businesses.
Women's Transportation Seminar:
Suzanne Boda, senior vice president - Asia, Canada, Europe and Cargo, has been recognized as a "change agent" by Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS) for her efforts in helping to promote and advance the role of women in the transportation industry. With 30 years of experience in the industry, Suzanne brings a diverse background and wealth of knowledge to her role which will benefit us in achieving our goal of making American the greatest airline in the world.