Sears One of the Best Places to Work for Hispanic Women, Says Latina Style Magazine

LATINA Style Magazine, a national magazine for the professional Hispanic working woman, has named Sears to the LATINA Style 50 - 2001, its annual national listing of the top 50 companies providing the best professional opportunities for Latinas. The result of researching more than 600 of the most respected corporations in the U.S., the LATINA Style 50 is the only national effort to evaluate corporate America's responsiveness to the needs and aspirations of the more than 5 million Hispanic women working in the U.S.

"Sears works diligently to offer all of its associates a challenging and rewarding work environment with benefits and resources that are meaningful to them both professionally and personally," said Greg Lee, vice president of Human Resources at Sears. "Making the LATINA Style 50 list shows our progress in creating a diverse, high performance team but also motivates us to continue listening to our associates and finding ways to enhance our position as the employer of choice."

Companies responding to LATINA Style's survey were evaluated based on the issues identified by LATINA Style's readers as the most important to them in the workplace. The principal areas of evaluation were: number of Latina executives, mentoring programs, Latinas on the board of directors, educational opportunities, dependent/child care support, leave for childbirth, alternative work policies, benefits, women's issues, and Hispanic relations. LATINA Style also conducted confidential interviews with Latinas throughout corporate America to gain personal insights into the companies being considered.

"We have gone to great lengths to research and evaluate these companies," said Anna Maria Arias, editor and publisher of LATINA Style Magazine, the only national 100 percent Latina-owned publication on the market. "We have a duty to keep Hispanic working women informed of corporate America's best employment practices. Latinas can be confident that the LATINA Style 50 - 2001 represents the best that corporate America has to offer the Latina working woman."

The companies will be recognized at an awards ceremony to take place in Washington, D.C. during Hispanic Heritage Month this fall.

Sears, Roebuck and Co. is a leading retailer of apparel, home and automotive products and services, with annual revenue of more than $40 billion. The company serves families in the U.S. through Sears stores nationwide, including approximately 860 full-line stores. Sears also offers a wide variety of merchandise and services through its Web site, .

  THE LATINA Style 50 - 2001

  Aetna, Inc.
  AFLAC Inc.
  Allstate Corporation
  American Express Company
  Avon Products, Inc.
  Bank One Corporation
  Chevron Corporation
  Cigna Corporation
  Citigroup Inc. **Company of the Year"
  Colgate-Palmolive Company
  Coors Brewing Company
  Daimler Chrysler Corporation
  Dupont Company
  Eastman Kodak Company
  Fannie Mae
  Federated Department Stores, Inc.
  Fleet Boston Financial Group
  Ford Motor Company
  General Mills, Inc.
  General Motors Corporation
  J.P. Morgan Chase Manhattan
  Johnson & Johnson
  Kellogg Company
  Kraft Foods
  Lucent Technologies
  Marriott International, Inc.
  Mattel, Inc.
  McDonald's Corporation
  Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc.
  Morgan Stanley Group
  New York Life Insurance
  Pepsico, Inc.
  Philip Morris Companies, Inc.
  Pitney Bowes, Inc.
  Prudential Insurance Company
  R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company
  Ryder System, Inc.
  SBC Communications Inc.
  Sears, Roebuck and Company
  Southern California Edison
  State Farm Insurance
  Target Corporation
  Texas Instruments, Inc.
  The Principal Financial Group
  The Procter & Gamble Company
  United Services Automobile Association
  Verizon Communications, Inc.
  Wachovia Corporation
  Washington Mutual, Inc.


SOURCE: Sears, Roebuck and Co.

Contact: Paula S. Davis of Sears, Roebuck and Co., +1-847-286-4965


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