September 29, 2008

Two Magazines Name Southern California Edison a Top U.S. Company for Hispanics

Two national magazines geared to Latinos have named Southern California Edison (SCE) as one of the best companies in the United States for Hispanics to work.

Hispanic Business magazine ranked SCE second on its list of the top 60 companies in America for Hispanics, while LATINA Style magazine, for the eighth consecutive year, ranked SCE as one of the "best 50 companies for Latinas to work for in the United States."

"We are proud to be recognized by Hispanic Business and LATINA Style," said SCE Chairman & CEO Alan J. Fohrer. "SCE has become one of the most recognized companies in the United States for workplace diversity, and that tells us our commitment to diversity is working. We attribute this recognition to the work of our employees who strive to create a culture that values the many benefits diversity brings to SCE."

The Hispanic Business selection marks the third time SCE has been included on the magazine's list, an annual compilation determined by more than 30 variables measuring companies' commitment to Hispanic hiring, promotion, marketing, philanthropy and supplier diversity.

The magazine noted that SCE, the highest ranked utility on the list, "promotes diversity with leadership programs, recruiting, and supplier diversity goals. SCE values and builds on differences for the benefit of the company, its customers, employees, and the communities it serves."

With nearly one-third of its female work force consisting of Latinas, LATINA Style praised SCE for achieving such diversity in the traditionally male-dominated utility industry. The magazine noted SCE offers a variety of mentoring and leadership training programs to help Latinas and other employees reach their full potential at the company.

The magazine's evaluation was based upon issues identified by LATINA Style as most important to its readers, among them a company's number of Latina executives, mentoring programs, educational opportunities, dependent/child care support, benefits and women's issues.

SCE is one of the nation's largest electric utilities with 16,600 employees. Ethnic minorities make up 47 percent of the work force, 31.2 percent of senior officials, managers and high-level professionals, and 54.2 percent of new hires.

"Being recognized for our diversity efforts is always satisfying and all the more so during National Hispanic Heritage Month," said Frank Quevedo, SCE vice president, equal opportunity.

About Southern California Edison

An Edison International (NYSE:EIX) company, Southern California Edison is the largest electric utility in California, serving a population of more than 13 million via 4.8 million customer accounts in a 50,000-square-mile service area within Central, Coastal and Southern California.