The Walt Disney Company Recognized As One Of World’s Best Employers
The Walt Disney Company ranks high on Forbes’ list of the World’s Best Employers for 2018, placing fourth on the annual list that is based on Forbes’ Global 2000 rankings of publicly traded companies in 60 countries around the world. The World’s Best Employers list takes into account such factors as image, working conditions and diversity to determine how employees regard their own employer, as well as other companies they may admire.
The 2018 World’s Best Employers list is determines recommendations by an analysis of more than 430,000 from employees. Each employee rated their own employer. Other questions inquired how likely they would be to recommend their company to a friend or relative. And also provide insights about additional employers they admire. The 500 highest-rated employers are listed at Forbes.com.
In September, The Walt Disney Company took the top spot on Forbes’ list of the World’s Best Regarded Companies for 2018. This list studies corporate reputation, including how a company is perceived as an employer.
The Company recently announced Disney Aspire, a groundbreaking initiative that gives hourly employees access to a variety of education options—from high school completion and English language learning to vocational and trade programs and bachelor’s and master’s degree. The ongoing program’s intention is to unlock new doors for more than 80,000 cast members and employees.
Disney Aspire, which launched in August, is the most comprehensive program of its kind. It offers hourly employees a wide array of disciplines and diplomas—with tuition paid upfront.“I have always believed that education is the key to opportunity,” Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger said. “It opens doors and creates new possibilities.”
Heroes Work Here
Additionally, more than 10,000 veterans have joined The Walt Disney Company through the Heroes Work Here program. This number is since the companywide initiative launched in 2012. Disney also helps create opportunities for servicemen and women elsewhere through its Veterans Institutes, which present tools and resources that other employers can reference and use as they establish their own military hiring and development programs. A sixth Disney Veterans Institute was held in Dallas, Texas, on September 18.
“We are proud to have hired 10,000 veterans through the Heroes Work Here program, and to continue opening doors for servicemen and women elsewhere by helping other companies enhance their ability to recruit, hire and retain veterans and their families,” says Kevin Preston, director of Veterans Initiatives for The Walt Disney Company.
Disney’s ongoing commitment to veterans and their families extends far beyond employment. The Company’s philanthropic support of veteran and military organizations has exceeded $20 million in funding and media support since the launch of Heroes Work Here, and, through the Disney VoluntEARS program, employees have engaged in several service projects with veterans’ organizations in communities around the country.
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