Michelin North America finished fist in the annual “America’s Best Large Employers” list by Forbes magazine.  The accomplishment was marked by the releasing of the company’s first diversity and inclusion report in addition to honoring “former U.S. Secretary of Education and South Carolina Gov. Richard W. Riley with the Michelin Award for Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion.”

The award was given to Mr Riley for his “extraordinary leadership in promoting equality in the workplace, encouraging inclusive dialogue in our communities and training leaders to manage diverse teams.” The Forbes ranking was created in partnership with market research company Statista.  According to Forbes, to “determine the list, Statista surveyed 30,000 Americans working for businesses with at least 1,000 employees. All the surveys were anonymous, allowing participants to openly share their opinions. The respondents were asked to rate, on a scale of zero to 10, how likely they’d be to recommend their employer to others.”

Respondents were asked to nominate organizations outside their industries, which resulted in the Michelin finishing first. “The tire manufacturer employs 22,000 workers in 19 plants across Alabama, Indiana, Ohio, Oklahoma, North Carolina and South Carolina, but is headquartered in Clermont-Ferrand, France, making it the only non-American company to break into the top 10.”

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