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CAMDEN, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–American Water (NYSE: AWK), the largest publicly-traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company, announced today that it has been named a 2020 DiversityInc Noteworthy Company by DiversityInc, the producers of the gold standard in the U.S. for ranking companies for diversity, equity and inclusion.

“American Water is committed to providing an environment where our people can work safely, both physically and emotionally, provide the best customer service, and make a difference in the communities we serve,” said Melanie Kennedy, senior vice president of human resources, American Water. “By working to provide an inclusive and diverse workplace guided by our core values, we enable any of our employees to develop the next big idea, grow our company and create a future of success.”

With more than 1,000 participants, the #DITop50 rankings are empirically driven and based on 2019 company-submitted data in these six key areas: 1) Leadership Accountability, 2) Human Capital Diversity Metrics, 3) Talent Programs, 4) Workforce Practices, 5) Supplier Diversity and 6) Philanthropy.

“Leaders of DiversityInc Top 50 Companies understand that nurturing an inclusive environment where everyone has a sense of belonging drives profitability and results in a competitive advantage, especially during a recession,” CEO of DiversityInc Carolynn Johnson said.

American Water already has received various awards and recognitions over the past few years demonstrating its commitment to inclusion and diversity; some examples include:

  • Top scoring (100%) company on the Disability Equality Index;
  • Inclusion in the 2020 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index
  • Top 100 Best for Vets Employers by Military Times;
  • 2020 Military Friendly® Gold Employer designation;
  • Honored as One of America’s Top Corporations for Women’s Business Enterprises by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council

To view the entire Top 50 list and specialty lists, visit or follow the conversation at #DITop50.

About American Water

With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 7,100 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to more than 14 million people in 46 states. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to make sure we keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit and follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

About DiversityInc

The mission of DiversityInc is to bring education and clarity to the business benefits of diversity. The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list began in 2001, when many corporations were beginning to understand the business value of diversity management initiatives. The 2020 Top 50 Companies for Diversity results will be featured on DiversityInc is a VA certified veteran-owned business and a Disability:IN certified business owned by a person with a disability. For more information, visit and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn @DiversityInc.


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