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Forbes Ranks Consumers Energy As the Best Employer for Diversity in Michigan

Company #1 in Michigan, #13 in Nation, Reflecting Commitment to Serving Customers While Building Skilled Workforce

Published 02-02-18

Submitted by Consumers Energy

Consumers Energy is ranked by Forbes magazine as the best employer for diversity in Michigan.

The energy provider placed 13th overall in Forbes’s list of America’s best employers for diversity from all industries across the nation, and is the only company in the “utilities” category in the top 100 of the listing.

The recognition comes on the heels of Consumers Energy receiving a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2018 Corporate Equality Index, and being ranked the best employer in Michigan by Forbes in 2017.

“Receiving national recognition for diversity is humbling and affirming, and it’s really a result of our strong focus on people, planet and prosperity and continuously improving how we serve the people of Michigan,” said Patti Poppe, Consumers Energy’s president and chief executive officer. “Valuing and encouraging diversity helps build a workforce equipped with perspectives that serve our communities.”

Forbes determined the ranking of companies with at least 1,000 employees by anonymous surveys. Almost 30,000 American workers were surveyed about issues of gender, ethnicity, LGBTQ+, age and disability. Responses from underrepresented ethnic minorities, women and people aged 50 and older received greater weight in the diversity ranking.

Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest energy provider, is the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and/or electricity to 6.7 million of the state’s 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

Forbes’s list of 250 Companies by Ranking: https://www.forbes.com/best-employers-diversity/list/#tab:rank

Employee Resource Groups at Consumers Energy: www.ConsumersEnergy.com/diversity

Related Consumers Energy News Releases:

Consumers Energy receives perfect score in national Corporate Equality Index: https://old.consumersenergy.com/News.aspx?id=8809&year=2017

Forbes ranks Consumers Energy best employer in Michigan: https://old.consumersenergy.com/News.aspx?id=8752&year=2017

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Consumers Energy is one of the nation's largest combination utilities, providing electric and natural gas service to nearly 6.6 million of Michigan's 10 million residents, in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

Our Growing Forward strategy calls for investing more than $6 billion in Michigan over the next five years. That includes significant investments in energy efficiency, renewable energy, environmental and customer service enhancements, and new power generation.

The investments make Consumers Energy one of the largest investors in Michigan and will help the utility maintain and improve service to customers, create jobs, boost the state’s economy and expand the state’s tax base.

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