With data partner Statista, Forbes’ surveyed more than 40,000 employees, including 25,000 women across the country to come up with its inaugural list of the best employers for women.
The list of 300 American companies encompasses 16 industries and represents those that are creating the best workplaces for women. The ranking focused on general workplace factors, including diversity, development and working conditions in addition to topics particularly relevant for women, such as maternity leave, pay equity, and flexibility. Diversity in top executive and board of director roles were also examined.
The survey has revealed 21 companies in clothing, shoes, sports equipment as well as in retail and wholesale categories securing leading positions in this list. H&M is on 23rd rank in this overall list, but tops in the clothing segment. The company has a total of 11,900 employees. Tilly’s – Surf and Skate Clothing occupies the 26th number. Levi Strauss & Co is at 37th rank followed by Michael Kors Holdings securing the 47th position. Gap received the 66th Position and Buckle is at 82nd position only. IKEA, however, managed to be enlisted in the 56th rank.
Owners of iconic brands such as Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Van Heusen, Speedo, Warner’s and Izod, PVH are also in this list. Commenting on the list and PVH’s ranking in this, Emanuel Chirico, Chairman & CEO, PVH Corp. said, “We’re honoured to be recognised for our commitment to creating an inclusive and diverse environment. We value women at our company – as we do all of our associates – for their individuality, and we believe that everyone should be respected for their unique contributions and perspectives. It’s what makes PVH a great place to work.”
Ranging within 100 to 200 rank are 7 companies, some of them being REI (112), LVMH Moet Hennessy-Louis Vuitton (114), Hot Topic (148), New Balance (178), VF (189) and Ascena Retail Group (196). Nike, Academy Sports + Outdoors, TJX Companies, Nordstrom, Columbia Sportswear, Tapestry too got space in the list but all of them are in between 205 to 276 positions.
It seems that the world’s number one online retailer Amazon.com needs to work more in this direction as the company is on 269th rank. Almost similar is the story of American Eagle Outfitters which has received 298th rank.