Johnson Controls pledges to hire veterans, military spouses

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Company helps celebrate fifth anniversary of Joining Forces

At a recent ceremony at the White House, Johnson Controls pledged to hire 1,000 to 3,000 veterans and military spouses over the next five years.

The company joined 40 companies who pledged to hire more than 110,000 veterans and military spouses during a May 5, 2016 celebration of the fifth anniversary of Joining Forces. First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden launched Joining Forces in 2011 to honor and support service members, survivors, veterans, and their families.

At the event, Obama and Biden announced nearly 60,000 new training commitments for veterans and military spouses over the next five years. Since the launch of Joining Forces, more than 1.2 million veterans and spouses have been hired or trained as a result of ongoing outreach. Today, the unemployment rate for veterans is lower than the national average.

“When we think of a diverse workforce, increasingly it will be inclusive of veterans who can bring so many assets to our company,” said Grady Crosby, Johnson Controls Vice President, Public Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer.

Representing Johnson Controls at the White House as one of the top Military Friendly Companies were Geoff Prosch, Director Federal Government Relations, and Ray Cuttino, Military Recruiting Program Specialist. The two men are both U.S. Army veterans and had front row seats to the event.

“As I listened in steadfast amazement to the First Lady’s speech about helping our nation’s veterans obtain employment, in my mind I was reviewing veterans’ resumes and in my heart I was renewing my personal commitment to use the strength of my past cultural experience to make a difference in military recruitment at Johnson Controls,” Cuttino said. 

“When we think of a diverse workforce, increasingly it will be inclusive of veterans who can bring so many assets to our company,” said Grady Crosby, Johnson Controls Vice President, Public Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer. 

“As of 2015, this diverse pool of veterans was made up of 21.2 million men and women. Johnson Controls’ involvement in the Joining Forces initiative affords us an opportunity to increase our ranks with this talent pool who by nature of their former roles, possess leadership capability, bring diversity of thought and have been tested in successfully managing change during times of great uncertainty,” Crosby added. “These are all traits we desire as we seek to become the competitive industry leader in diversity and inclusion.”

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