In 2002, Johnson Controls joined Ford Motor Co., General Motors, Chrysler, Toyota Motor North America and seven other corporations at the Billion Dollar Roundtable, a short list of U.S. companies that spend $1 billion or more with women- and minority-owned companies.
In 2004, the U.S. Census Bureau projected that by midcentury the U.S. population would be 50 percent nonwhite. For many Detroit companies, the report crystallized what they were already starting to understand—diversity is the future. This series focuses on how one major Midwestern city, despite being beset with economic issues, is dealing with the issue of workforce diversity. Detroit’s experience can bee seen as an example for other metropolitan areas.