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JCPenney earns diversity accolades

PLANO, Texas -- JCPenney announced that has been named the number one retailer on DiversityInc's annual ranking of "Top 50 Companies for Diversity," which recognizes leading organizations for best practices in diversity management. This is the second consecutive year that the company has earned its place on the list, moving up 11 spots to No. 35 overall. The company also snagged the seventh position on DiversityInc.'s "Top 10 Companies for Latinos."

"With more than 150,000 associates working across more than 1,100 stores and units, our success depends on our ability to deliver on the increasingly diverse needs of the more than half of America's families that shop jcpenney each year," said Myron Ullman, III, chairman and CEO of JCPenney. "Infusing diversity throughout every aspect of our business – from our multicultural marketing to associate recruiting and retention programs to leveraging our strong relationships with suppliers – has been a key driver to achieving associate engagement levels within the top quartile of all U.S. companies and to continually improving on our industry-leading customer service."

DiversityInc surveyed 535 companies with more than 1,000 employees that participated in this year's survey. 

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