Edward Jones Named One of America's Best Employers for Diversity by Forbes Magazine

Financial-services firm Edward Jones recently was named one of America's best employers for diversity by Forbes magazine.

Forbes and research firm Statista compiled the list of 250 companies after surveying 30,000 U.S. employees, asking about issues related to diversity, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age and disability. The gender split of companies’ management teams and boards, and whether a company actively communicates about diversity, also were factored in to the ranking. Edward Jones ranked No. 68 on the list.

"We know that our future success will benefit greatly from attracting and developing the most talented individuals from an increasingly diverse future talent pool.  They will help us think creatively and innovate as we continue to grow and serve more serious, long-term individual investors within a constantly evolving marketplace," says Managing Partner Jim Weddle. "Our ranking on this list is an honor, but we know that we must learn and support new best practices that promote a diverse and inclusive workplace."

In October, Edward Jones launched a firmwide network for female financial advisors in a pledge to bring more women to the financial advisor role. The network, called WINGS – or Women’s Initiative for New Growth Strategies – offers tools, mentorship resources and coaching designed to strengthen and advance female career trajectories at the firm.

Also in October, the firm launched the BRIDGE program, focused on strengthening growth, performance and consistency of the financial advisor experience for people of color.

The WINGS and BRIDGE programs come on the heels of a recent hiring pledge by Edward Jones Managing Partner Jim Weddle. In June, he was one of 150 CEOs to sign a CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion commitment to create a more diverse and inclusive work environment.

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