Chrysler Group matchmaking event attracts diverse suppliers
Auburn Hills, MI – Chrysler Group LLC hosted its fourteenth annual Matchmaker event in September at the company’s headquarters in Auburn Hills, MI.
Matchmaker provides minority-owned, women-owned and veteran-owned businesses access to Chrysler Group’s tier 1 suppliers and to decision makers in the company’s procurement organization. The program has generated more than $2 billion in new business opportunities for exhibitors since 2000.
This year’s Matchmaker attracted more than 2,800 participants. More than 270 minority-owned, women-owned, veteran-owned and majority-owned Chrysler Group suppliers participated in the day-long event.
“Chrysler Group is committed to creating a diverse and sustainable supply base that directly reflects our customers,” said Scott Kunselman, SVP for purchasing and supplier quality. “Our commitment to diversity is deeply rooted and fully engages our entire team, including our extended enterprise partners. This enables us to better understand and satisfy, and perhaps even better anticipate, the tastes and needs of diverse customers and communities.”
Chrysler Group’s supplier diversity goals require that 10 percent of a tier 1 supplier’s procurement buy be sourced to certified minority suppliers. Chrysler Group itself spent $2.0 billion with approximately 200 minority suppliers in 2012, representing 7.7 percent of the company’s total annual purchasing. Since 1983, the company has spent nearly $50 billion with minority-owned suppliers.
“Programs like Matchmaker help Chrysler Group build and strengthen a diverse and inclusive minority supply base,” said Kevin L. Bell, senior manager of diversity supplier development. “This enables Chrysler Group to operate efficiently and sustainably, and to bring innovative new products to market that resonate with a diverse customer base.”
In addition to the opportunity for business-to-business interaction, Matchmaker offered minority-owned suppliers a wide range of development seminars designed to give them supplier knowledge that can strengthen their businesses. The seminars were led by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Minority Business Development Agency, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and others. They covered topics like access to capital and minority business services, merger and acquisition strategies, the use of computer programs designed to assist tier 1 and minority suppliers to do business with one another, and the effect of federal healthcare reform on small and medium-sized businesses.
Chrysler Group supports several organizations that assist tier 1 suppliers with achieving their minority-owned and women-owned sourcing goals, including the National Minority Supplier Development Council, the Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council and the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. The company supports veteran-business ownership through membership in the National Veteran-Owned Business Association.
Chrysler Group has been recognized in other areas of diversity as well. It has been named one of the nation’s top supporters of engineering programs at historically black colleges and universities for the past three years by U.S. Black Engineer & Information Technology magazine, which sponsors the Black Engineer of the Year awards, and has also been recognized as a supporter of HBCUs by Advancing Minorities Interest in Engineering (AMIE), a coalition of HBCUs with engineering and IT programs or departments.
Chrysler Group employees have access to six employee resource groups (ERGs) whose objectives include promoting a positive awareness of diverse people and issues within Chrysler Group, and ensuring that the company’s products and services are tailored to diverse customers and employees. ERGs include the Chrysler African American network, Chrysler Hispanic employee network, Chrysler Asian network, Native American employee resource group, a gay and lesbian alliance and a women’s forum.
Women’s Business Development Center honors entrepreneurs, advocates at annual conference
Chicago, IL – The Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) honored successful women entrepreneurs as well as advocates who have demonstrated a commitment to strengthening women’s business ownership and economic development at its twenty-seventh annual Entrepreneurial Woman’s Conference and Business Mart in September.
OfficeMax received the annual Corporate Support award for its ongoing commitment to the advancement of women and minority-owned businesses and for its steadfast dedication to the WBDC. Carolynn Brooks, OfficeMax VP and chief diversity officer, and Anthony Billinger, supplier diversity manager, accepted the award for the company.
Between 2010 and 2013, OfficeMax grew its diversity spending by approximately 60 percent. OfficeMax hosted its first business opportunity exchange in 2011, bringing together its diverse suppliers and vendors for a one-day conference to develop strategic relationships with internal stakeholders. The second annual business opportunity exchange in 2012 required OfficeMax’s prime vendors and suppliers to engage certified diverse suppliers on contracts and projects. The program was recently expanded to include gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender-certified suppliers.
Carol Gable, CEO of New Age Transportation, Distribution & Warehousing (Lake Zurich, IL) was named woman of the year; Lili Hall, president and CEO of the Knock creative agency (Minneapolis, MN), received the entrepreneurial woman of the year award; and Melody Spann Cooper, chairman of Midway Broadcasting Corporation (Chicago, IL) and president of radio stations WVON and WRLL, won the advocacy award.
Gable launched New Age in 1989 with one employee. Today, with forty-five employees and annual revenues of $25 million, New Age is a leading third-party logistics business that provides transportation and consulting services to dozens of companies, including several in the Fortune 500.
The recipient of numerous awards for her business acumen, Gable gives back to the community in part through her Expect a Miracle Foundation, which has given more than 7,000 children nationwide access to music and dance lessons, sports and school tutoring. She is the author of a motivational book, Everything I Know as a CEO I Learned as a Waitress.
Hall founded and leads Knock, one of the few female-owned advertising agencies in the nation. In 2001, she gathered a core group of talent and launched a business that has grown at a remarkable rate, landing the agency on the Inc. 5000 Fastest-Growing Companies list for three consecutive years. Hall also founded and heads two other local companies that support Knock’s service offerings: a trend-inspired product development business called Treat and Company (2006), and Neighbor (2012), a 3-D animation and creative content developer. Under Hall’s direction, Knock does a significant amount of pro bono work for nonprofit organizations. Hall serves on the boards of the Children’s Theatre Company and the Italian Cultural Center, and maintains an active membership in the Women Presidents’ Organization. She recently completed an international masters of practicing management degree at McGill University, for which she studied at five management schools around the world.
Melody Spann Cooper purchased a controlling interest in Midway Broadcasting in 1999. The company’s properties include WVON 1690AM, Chicago’s only black-owned and operated radio station, which is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this year, and WRLL 1450AM, a Spanish language station. For five decades, WVON has been a platform for the African American community and the voice of information for social, economic and political issues both locally and nationally. Spann Cooper’s accomplishments in broadcast media have been recognized by organizations including Crain’s Chicago Business, the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council. She is a member of the Alliance of Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs, a board member of the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters and the Provident Foundation, and is a trustee of the Museum of Science & Industry and the University of Chicago Medical Center.
Laurel Bellows, principal of the Bellows Law Group, PC, located in Chicago, and the immediate past president of the American Bar Association (ABA), delivered the keynote address at the awards luncheon.
In addition to the luncheon, the event included a Business and Buyers Mart, where conference attendees made connections and got information on increasing business growth. Workshops for startups and established businesses were also available.
Co-chairs for the 2013 conference were Carolynn Brooks, VP and chief diversity officer of OfficeMax and president, OfficeMax Charitable Foundation; and Marsha Cruzan, Chicago market president for U.S. Bank.
Edison Electric Institute announces SD awards
Washington, DC – At its annual supplier diversity conference in June, the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) announced its 2013 supplier diversity award winners. The awards, presented annually, recognize companies and individuals for their outstanding efforts in advancing purchasing opportunities for minority and women-owned businesses in the electric power industry.
Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L), a wholly owned subsidiary of Great Plains Energy Incorporated, earned the industry’s overall Excellence award for its commitment to an inclusive procurement system that identifies and develops relationships with diverse suppliers.
CenterPoint Energy and Southern Company were named first and second-place winners of the industry’s Innovation award for their creative efforts to promote a diverse supplier base.
EEI also presented several special category awards. Jewel Smith, supplier diversity manager of CenterPoint Energy, received the Pacesetter award, which recognizes individuals who have a long history of championing supplier diversity on many fronts in varied environments. John Eley, senior manager of corporate procurement and supplier diversity at DTE Energy, received the Vendor Opportunity award, given by small and/or diverse-owned businesses to recognize an EEI member company purchasing agent for its efforts to promote diverse and small businesses.
“I congratulate KCP&L for winning this year’s Supplier Diversity Excellence award,” said EEI president Tom Kuhn. “KCP&L’s innovative ideas and new ways of doing business, including offering unique strategies for reaching diverse markets, exemplify what the supplier diversity program is, while helping the company to better understand and anticipate its customers’ needs.”
For the past thirty years, EEI has recognized electric companies that have demonstrated leadership in advancing purchasing opportunities for minority and women-owned businesses. Contracts with power companies during this time have gone from traditional services like office supplies and temporary personnel to critical industry areas such as underground and overhead line construction, meter reading, nuclear engineering services, construction management and pension fund management.
For additional information about the industry’s supplier diversity program, go to www.eei.org/diversity.
EEI is an association of U.S. shareholder-owned electric companies. Member companies serve 95 percent of the ultimate customers in the shareholder-owned segment of the industry, and represent approximately 70 percent of the U.S. electric power industry.
Lockheed Martin strengthens ties with small diverse suppliers through new channel
Bethesda, MD – Suppliers are critical to success at Lockheed Martin (Bethesda, MD), yet they are often the first impacted in a challenging economy. In order to strengthen the company’s interaction with small businesses and provide them additional opportunities, Lockheed Martin has introduced a supplier-focused website called Supplier Wire (www.lockheedmartin.com/supplierwire).
Supplier Wire offers a wide range of educational resources, including free webinars, video tips and supplier testimonials designed to help small businesses learn how to build, sustain and expand their business with the corporation. The site also features resources on immediate procurement opportunities; information on what Lockheed Martin buys, including a listing of corporate agreements with expiration dates; and a calendar of Lockheed Martin’s supplier diversity events.
“With the launch of Supplier Wire, Lockheed Martin once again demonstrates why it is a leader in supplier relations,” said Charles Ramos, chief executive officer and president of CR Dynamics & Associates, Inc, and Lockheed Martin supplier. “Supplier Wire takes an innovative approach to identifying and connecting small businesses with the appropriate procurement and business development personnel. This is a refreshing experience for any vendor, especially a small business looking to launch a relationship with Lockheed Martin.”
To directly engage with small businesses, Supplier Wire offers live chat sessions allowing firms to interact with subject-matter experts and get answers to real-time questions. In addition, the site contains information on how to seek a partner on a proposal pursuit and how to get added to the Small Business Innovation Research directory.
“Lockheed Martin is committed to small businesses and we continually search for better methods to educate and engage with qualified diverse suppliers through more affordable solutions,” said Susannah Raheb, Lockheed Martin corporate supplier diversity leader. “Supplier Wire allows us to reach a targeted audience and strengthen our relationships through enhanced connections in a virtual environment.”
In 2012, Lockheed Martin awarded $6.4 billion in contracts to small businesses and businesses classified as diverse. This amounts to approximately one third of the corporation’s total purchase order commitments. For the second year in a row, the corporation exceeded Department of Defense goals and received an “outstanding” rating, the highest rating given by the Defense Contract Management Agency.
Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 120,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.
Chrysler names BASF Supplier of the Year for sustainability and diversity supplier development
Wyandotte, MI – BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, NJ, was named Supplier of the Year by Chrysler Group LLC for extraordinary performance in the areas of sustainability and diversity supplier development.
The diversity supplier development award recognizes BASF for exceeding its 2012 diversity goal. In addition, BASF was commended for hosting annual events for diverse suppliers.
The sustainability award recognizes BASF’s long-term commitment to environmental, social and economic sustainability and its leadership in the industry.
“Chrysler is pleased to honor suppliers who embrace philosophies focused on social and environmental responsibility as well as overall cost- effectiveness to deliver total value for our customers,” said Bill Hall, director of sustainability and business continuity for Chrysler Group LLC. “BASF exhibited a focused commitment in these critical areas, helping us create a more sustainable model for our industry.”
“We are honored to be recognized with Chrysler’s Supplier of the Year award for two areas so critical to our collective successes: sustainability and diversity supplier development,” said Rui Goerck, senior vice president for mobile emissions catalysts. “The awards demonstrate the tremendous capability of our team to exceed expectations. BASF is thrilled to be part of the Chrysler team and looks forward to working together to enable future success.”
Award recipients were determined based on an evaluation of each company’s external balanced scorecard performance in 2012, coupled with input and agreement from Chrysler Group senior leadership.
Goerck and Charlene Wall-Warren, sustainability director for BASF in North America, accepted the awards on behalf of BASF during Chrysler’s 2013 annual strategy meeting and supplier awards ceremony in Auburn Hills, MI. Sergio Marchionne, Chrysler Group chairman and CEO, served as the keynote speaker, and thanked attendees for the role they played in the company’s journey.
BASF is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. It has more than 16,600 employees in North America. BASF provides chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products, as well as oil and gas.
EEI holds thirtieth supplier diversity conference
Santa Clara, CA – The Edison Electric Institute’s thirtieth annual supplier diversity conference took place at the end of May, hosted by PG&E. See our next issue for coverage and a list of award winners. In 2012, awards went to Southern Company, Progress Energy, Ameren Services, Joe Alderete of Southern California Edison and URS Corporation.
PG&E named Corporation of the Year for supporting minority business development
San Francisco, CA – Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has been named Corporation of the Year for the third year in a row by the Northern California Minority Supplier Development Council (NCMSDC, www.ncmsdc.org). The award recognizes the utility’s consistently strong commitment to minority business development.
Joan Kerr, director of supplier diversity and sustainability at PG&E, won the Supplier Diversity Leader of the Year award for her work on improving the overall participation of minority suppliers in the utility’s supply chain. PG&E’s procurement specialist Cynthia Olson won the Corporate Buyer of the Year award for her efforts to include minority suppliers in the PG&E procurement process.
“Once again, PG&E’s inclusion of minority businesses in the procurement process demonstrates an enduring commitment to diversity and community development. Such commitment continues to come with top-down support and genuine corporate stewardship,” said NCMSDC president Scott A. Vowels.
PG&E recently announced that it spent more than $2 billion with diverse suppliers in 2012, accounting for 38.8 percent of its total procurement budget. PG&E’s total spending on minority-owned business enterprises totaled $1.3 billion, an increase of $262 million or 25.7 percent over 2011.
“A broad and diverse supplier base reinforces our commitment to the communities where we live and work, and helps us to provide safe, reliable and affordable gas and electric service to our customers,” said Kerr. “I am proud to lead a supplier diversity program that is supported by so many PG&E employees dedicated to including diverse suppliers in all aspects of our business operations.”
For info on PG&E’s supplier diversity program, or to learn how to apply to become a certified diverse supplier, visit www.pge.com/supplierdiversity.
Lear recognizes thirteen global suppliers with Supplier of the Year award
Southfield, MI – In February, Lear Corporation, a global supplier of automotive seating and electrical distribution systems, presented its Supplier of the Year awards to thirteen suppliers in recognition of their performance during 2012. Three of the suppliers are minority business enterprises (MBEs).
“The suppliers we recognized performed at the highest levels during 2012,” said Matt Simoncini, Lear’s president and CEO. “Providing the best possible cost, quality and value to our customers requires the hard work of thousands of Lear employees working together with all our suppliers. We truly appreciate the tremendous support we receive from our supplier partners,” added Simoncini.
The Lear Suppliers of the Year for 2012 were selected from among the more than 2,000 companies that supply Lear globally. The MBEs honored were BAE Industries Inc, which provides seat mechanisms; Magno International LP, which provides transportation and logistics services; and Netlink Software Group America Inc, which provides IT services.
BMW hosts second annual supplier diversity event
Woodcliff Lake, NJ – This April, BMW Manufacturing introduced more than 1,000 women and minority-owned businesses to over 100 of the company’s tier 1 suppliers at its second annual Tier 1 Supplier Diversity Matchmaker Conference.
“Many of our suppliers need the same type of goods and services that BMW needs,” said Louise Connell, senior buyer and supplier diversity specialist for BMW Procurement North America. “BMW’s goal is to create a networking event that brings MBEs and WBEs together with our tier 1 suppliers.”
BMW Group’s global diversity manager, Tassilo Wirth, was a keynote speaker at the event. He called the conference “a win-win situation for BMW. BMW Group supports women and minority-owned businesses,” Wirth said. “People with different backgrounds and different problem-solving strategies offer innovative ideas and sustainable performance. This conference certainly helps those efforts.”
Lesa Rivers, the director of supplier diversity at Staples, a tier 1 supplier to BMW Manufacturing, attended the event. “It was one of the best executed diversity events I have attended,” she said. “We met some diverse companies and are going to have more conversations regarding the services they offer.”
“It was truly a first-class event in every regard,” said Karen Knuckles, the owner of Express Employment Professionals, a women-owned staffing company.
See bmwusfactory.com/diversity for more information on BMW.
Alom’s Lisa Dolan honored as a Woman of Influence by Silicon Valley Business Journal
Fremont, CA – Lisa Dolan, vice president of strategic sales at Alom, has been recognized as a 2013 Woman of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. The ceremony took place at a gala in May at the Fairmont in San Jose, CA that honored 100 women across industry, finance and education as this year’s most influential women in Silicon Valley.
“Lisa Dolan is leading an extraordinary life of professional and personal contribution that has benefited her clients, co-workers and community. She is indeed a Woman of Influence in the best possible way,” said Hannah Kain, Alom president and CEO.
Dolan was part of the 1997 founding team of Alom, a provider of supply chain management. She manages complex global supply chain business for Fortune 100 companies.
She was promoted to senior account executive in 1999 and to vice president in 2009. Prior to joining Alom, Dolan worked in other supply chain companies and high-tech companies managing supply chain issues.
Alom works with Fortune 100 clients in the technology, automotive and medical sectors, and utilities companies. For more information, visit www.alom.com.
WBENC announces 2013 top corporations for WBEs
Washington, DC – For the fourteenth year, the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (www.wbenc.org, WBENC) has chosen a group of Top Corporations for Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs). The WBENC list is the only national recognition of world-class corporate programs that level the competitive playing field for women’s business enterprises (WBEs). This year WBENC recognized thirty-two corporations for best practices that result in “productive business partnerships with women entrepreneurs and valuable products and services for their customers,” according to the organization.
“Thanks to the extraordinary leadership of our top corporations, women’s businesses are generating strategies and solutions for meeting the fast-changing needs of today’s marketplace. Together they are driving the innovation that fuels a stronger economy and creates jobs,” said Pamela Prince-Eason, president and CEO of WBENC.
The top corporations were honored at the WBENC Summit & Salute to Women’s Business Enterprises on March 13-14 in Baltimore, MD. “Our top corporations are deeply committed to strategic business development programs that cultivate competition and achieve measurable results,” Prince-Eason notes. “This event shared their thought leadership with our entire community of partners and constituents.”
These companies make up the 2012 Top Corporations for WBEs list: Accenture, Alcatel-Lucent, AT&T, Avis Budget Group, Bank of America, BP America, Chevron, Chrysler Group LLC, Dell, Energy Future Holdings, Ernst & Young LLP, Exxon Mobil Corp, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Kelly Services, Macy’s, ManpowerGroup, Marriott International, Office Depot, Pacific Gas & Electric, PepsiCo, Pfizer, Pitney Bowes, Shell, Target Corp, the Coca-Cola Company, United Airlines, UPS, Verizon Communications and Wal-Mart Stores.
Chrysler Group LLC, General Motors, Macy’s and Wal-Mart Stores appeared on the list for the first time.
The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council is the leading advocate for and authority on WBEs as suppliers and vendors to the nation’s corporations. For more information, please go to www.wbenc.org.
Duke Energy and Toyota honored by SCOMSDC
West Chester, OH – Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc received the 2012 Class IV Corporation of the Year award, and Duke Energy won the Class III Corporation of the Year award, at the South Central Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council (SCOMSDC) fortieth anniversary Awards Gala and Silent Auction in November 2012.
Corporation of the Year awards go to major corporations that are dedicated to improving the overall participation of Asian, African American, Hispanic and Native American suppliers in the global corporate supply chain. The class IV award is presented annually to a corporation whose revenue exceeds $30 billion per year. The class III award is presented annually to a corporation or organization with revenues between $12 billion and $29.99 billion.
In 2011, Toyota spent $1.7 billion with tier 1 suppliers, an increase of 13 percent from the previous year. Its tier 1 suppliers also spent $526 million with tier 2 suppliers. In spite of natural disasters that affected productivity in 2011, Toyota increased its spend with SCOMSDC-certified MBEs by 1.5 percent.
Toyota is an active member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable (BDR). The BDR was created in 2001 to recognize and celebrate corporations that achieve annual spending of at least $1 billion with minority and woman-owned suppliers. Adrienne Trimble, Toyota supplier diversity manager and current SCOMSDC board chair, represents the company as BDR secretary.
Duke Energy had a $72 million dollar spend with NMSDC-certified MBEs and $51.2 million in local spend with SCOMSDC-certified MBEs. Duke Energy’s tier 2 spend was $191 million dollars, representing a 24 percent increase over the previous fiscal year. Duke Energy actively supports the South Central Ohio council programs and initiatives, and participates on the SCOMSDC Cincinnati local advisory committee.
Duke Energy is also a member of the advisory council for Gaining Access Through Economics with Ohio Utilities (Ohio GATE, www.ohiogate.org). Ohio GATE works to develop business opportunities for diverse businesses with the regulated utilities in the state of Ohio.
Major League Baseball and the Houston Astros co-host second MLB Diversity Business Summit
New York, NY – Major League Baseball and the Houston Astros will co-host the second annual MLB Diversity Business Summit. Attendees will have access to human resource and procurement executives from all thirty MLB clubs, the MLB Network, MLB Advanced Media, MLB’s Central Office and the Minor League Baseball organization.
The MLB Diversity Business Summit will be held at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas on Wednesday, June 19. It combines a sports employment career fair with a business opportunity trade fair; job seekers and entrepreneurs will be able to network directly with decision makers for employment and business opportunities at major and minor league clubs, and at baseball-related associations and media organizations. The agenda for the event will include a keynote speech by baseball commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig, league-wide networking, exhibit floor access, workshops and executive roundtable discussions.
“Diversity is essential to our sport and remains a core priority of Major League Baseball,” said Commissioner Selig. “Major league and minor league rosters reflect players of many different backgrounds throughout our game. Away from the field, the MLB Diversity Business Summit is a key platform, allowing us to offer networking access to talented individuals who are interested in baseball careers and business opportunities. We thank the Houston Astros for co-hosting this event and exemplifying the depth of the commitment shared by all our clubs.”
The first MLB Diversity Business Summit was co-hosted by MLB and the Chicago White Sox in 2012, and attracted more than 800 registrants from across the United States.
To learn more about the summit, go to MLB.com/diversitysummit.
WBENC names fourteen WBE “Stars”
Washington, DC – In March, fourteen women business leaders received awards for excellence as women’s business enterprises (WBEs) from the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). The fourteen were recognized as WBE Stars at WBENC’s Salute to Women’s Business Enterprises in Baltimore.
“WBENC’s WBE Stars are exemplary leaders whose strategic and innovative business practices have led to their impressive business success and growth which fuels our economy,” said Pamela Prince-Eason, WBENC president and CEO.
The 2013 WBENC Women’s Business Enterprise Stars were recognized for leadership in their business communities, inspiration to other women business owners, and active roles at the helm of successful certified businesses.
FirstEnergy recognized for supplier diversity programs
Reading, PA – FirstEnergy Corp has received the Economic Impact award from the Western Pennsylvania Minority Supplier Development Council (WPMSDC) as well as the Regional Corporation of the Year award from the Women’s Business Enterprise Council of Pennsylvania, Delaware and south New Jersey (WBEC PA-DE-sNJ). Both awards reflect First Energy’s ongoing commitment to supplier diversity and economic growth in the communities it serves.
“At FirstEnergy, supplier diversity aligns with our corporate values, reflects our diverse customer base and supports the communities we serve,” said Gary Benz, FirstEnergy vice president for supply chain. “We are proud that our ongoing supplier diversity efforts are recognized and that they continue to work to the benefit of not only FirstEnergy, but our suppliers and customers as well.”
In 2011, FirstEnergy spent more than $46 million with minority-owned businesses based in the WPMSDC’s twenty-seven county area. The company spent about $6 million with women-owned businesses.
FirstEnergy representatives serve on the board of directors of WBEC PA-DE-sNJ, and also serve on its certification committee, which reviews applications and conducts visits to women-owned businesses seeking third-party certification.
FirstEnergy is a diversified energy company. Its ten electric distribution companies form one of the nation’s largest investor-owned electric systems, serving customers in Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and West Virginia. For more information, visit www.firstenergycorp.com.
Northrop Grumman named Supplier Diversity Corporation of the Year
Falls Church, VA – Northrop Grumman Corporation was named the Supplier Diversity Corporation of the Year for 2012 by the U.S. Business Leadership Network (USBLN) at its fifteenth Annual Leadership Awards held in October. The award is presented to the employer that has demonstrated outstanding inclusion of disability-owned businesses in its corporate supplier diversity program.
“People with disabilities face significant challenges to employment, as do returning wounded warriors,” says Gloria Pualani, corporate director of socio-economic business programs for Northrop Grumman. “I am pleased to work for a company that’s committed to helping these individuals realize a better future by providing an inclusive environment for employment and subcontracting opportunities.”
Northrop Grumman Corporation is recognized for a number of programs and initiatives to help foster diversity and inclusion throughout the company. These programs recognize and celebrate the company’s diversity in its leadership and among its employees, in the company’s support for supplier diversity efforts and through partnerships in the community.
In the area of supplier diversity, the Socio-Economic Business Programs (SEBP) office serves as a liaison between prospective small and disadvantaged businesses, including U.S. government-certified AbilityOne (www.abilityone.org) firms interested in working with Northrop Grumman, and the company’s procurement organizations. The company’s efforts to increase the number of successful minority, women-owned and AbilityOne small business suppliers, by providing outreach and mentorship, have been recognized nationally.
Other small disadvantaged constituencies served by the SEBP include historically black colleges and universities, minority institutions, veterans, service-disabled veterans and historically underutilized business (HUB) zone business concerns.
Northrop Grumman is a global security company providing systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cybersecurity, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide. For more information, visit www.northropgrumman.com.
Allstate receives Corporate Support award at WBDC’s Entrepreneurial Women’s Conference
Chicago, IL – The Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC, www.wbdc.org) honored successful
female entrepreneurs as well as supporters of women’s economic development at its twenty-sixth annual Entrepreneurial Women’s Conference last fall. Allstate Insurance received the top Corporate Support award.
Other 2012 honorees were Cassandra Sanford, CEO, KellyMitchell Group: Entrepreneurial Woman of the Year; Heather Sanderson, president, Overture Premiums & Promotions LLC: Entrepreneurial Woman of the Year - WBE Success; Danielle Hrzic, president and co-founder, Gourmet Gorilla: Entrepreneurial Woman of the Year - Rising Star; Joset B. Wright, president, National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc, and Pamela Prince-Eason, president and CEO, Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC): Advocacy awards.
The conference also included a Women’s Forum breakfast with a panel moderated by Chicago Sun-Times syndicated financial columnist and author Terry Savage. The panelists offered plenty of advice for current and aspiring entrepreneurs: “You can never know too many smart people.” “Go with your gut, and don’t be afraid to ignore advice you don’t agree with.” “How you deal with failure determines how you deal with success.”
Panelists were Christie Hefner, Laura Ricketts, Sue Bhatia and Richelle Shaw. Hefner is executive chairman, Canyon Ranch Enterprises; Ricketts is the director of Chicago Cubs Major League Baseball and chairman of the board of the Chicago Cubs; Bhatia is CEO of Rose International, Inc, is one of the largest certified women’s business enterprise (WBE) companies in the country; and Shaw is CEO of RTS Publishing, LLC and was at one time the only female African American public utility owner in the nation.
The WBDC is a WBENC partner organization. Founded by Hedy Ratner and Carol Dougal in 1986, it certifies women-owned business enterprises in the Chicago area, and offers workshops, business coaching, financial assistance, procurement help and more to area women-owned businesses.
December 2012/January 2013
Ford wins National Corporation of the Year award from NMSDC
Dearborn, MI – At its 2012 national conference and business fair, the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC, www.nmsdc.org) honored Ford Motor Company as Corporation of the Year. This is the fourth time in nearly twenty-five years Ford has received the honor, which recognizes the company's commitment to economically empowering minority, women and veteran-owned businesses and job creation. Ford launched its supplier diversity development program in 1978.
"Our suppliers are a key part of our One Ford team, and we are committed to building a supplier base that reflects our employees, customers and shareholders," said Alan Mulally, Ford president and CEO. "A broad and diverse supplier base reinforces our commitment to the communities where we live and work."
"I cannot think of a more fitting way to continue celebrating NMSDC's fortieth anniversary," said Joset B. Wright, president of NMSDC. "Over the years, Ford has been a true supporter of NMSDC's initiatives. In 2012, due to the company's policies, supplier investment, technology support, and joint venture and strategic-alliance creation, we felt Ford took its efforts to a new level and embodied an absolute model of minority supplier development and collaboration."
Ford has a goal of sourcing 10 percent of its U.S. production and nonproduction purchases with diverse suppliers, and the company is on track to meet this goal for 2012. Also this year, Ford moved to strengthen its support of another diverse group, veterans, by sourcing at least 3 percent from veteran-owned suppliers and requiring its tier 1 suppliers to do the same.
Measuring supplier diversity program performance
Tempe, AZ – Nonprofit CAPS Research (www.capsresearch.org) has released its first major benchmarking report on supplier diversity program performance since 2007.
The data, provided by 120 companies, indicates that diversity spend is about 13 percent of total U.S. spend. Overall, women-owned small businesses account for almost 5 percent of total U.S. spend, and small disadvantaged businesses account for less than 4 percent. The data also indicates that almost 70 percent of the contracts awarded to diverse socioeconomic groups were sourced competitively. And perhaps more importantly, about 72 percent of the survey population reported they expect spending with diversity groups to increase during the next two years.
CAPS Research is jointly sponsored by the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University and the Institute for Supply Management, and supported by global Fortune 500 and 1000 organizations including 3M, ITT Corp and Raytheon.
CPUC's supplier diversity program sets record
San Francisco, CA – The California Public Utilities Commission's supplier diversity program continues to set records and establish itself as a model for economic recovery, reports the Greenlining Institute's latest supplier diversity report card. The report card was released in June during a special event at the Public Policy Institute of California. The CPUC program, established by state legislation, encourages regulated utility and telecommunications companies to contract with businesses owned by minorities, women and disabled veterans.
Greenlining Institute general counsel Samuel S. Kang, co-author of the report, said, "It's frustrating that even though it's wildly successful, the CPUC's supplier diversity program is one of the business world's best-kept secrets. Almost under the radar, the Public Utilities Commission has created a model that California and the rest of the country can use to spur economic recovery."
The new report is available at greenlining.org/publications/pdf/663/663.pdf.
Office Depot recognized as a top corporation impacting supplier diversity
Boca Raton, FL – Office Depot, Inc, a leading global provider of office supplies and services, announced November 5 that the company has been named one of the "top forty corporations impacting supplier diversity" by MBN (Minority Business News) USA magazine. The company was recognized by a team of experts on minority business and industry trends for raising the bar for today's supplier diversity expectations and paving the way for future advancements that will help take diverse businesses to the next level.
"We are honored to be named one of the top corporations impacting supplier diversity," said Frantz Tiffeau, senior manager of supply chain diversity for Office Depot. "Office Depot is committed to supporting and offering opportunities to women and minority-owned businesses, and our ranking on MBN USA magazine's list further exemplifies this."
Office Depot's program gives historically underutilized businesses (HUBs) ample opportunities to grow and prosper. The company actively seeks out promising HUBs that are certified minority, women, disabled, and veteran owned to ensure equal opportunity in the supplier selection process. Office Depot also produces an annual HUB catalog that features an assortment of more than 1,600 items from select HUB suppliers.
The company has affiliations with national organizations such as the National Minority Supplier Development Council, the Women's Business Enterprise National Council, the Small Business Administration, and others that share Office Depot's goal of making a positive impact on economic development through supplier diversity.
For more information on Office Depot's diversity initiatives, please visit www.officedepot.com/diversity.
Chrysler Group executive named "leader of the year" by NMSDC
Auburn Hills, MI – Kevin L. Bell, senior manager of diversity supplier development at Chrysler Group LLC, received the minority supplier development leader of the year award from the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) "in recognition of his exceptional leadership in improving the overall participation of Asian, African American, Hispanic and Native American suppliers in the company's global corporate supply chain." Bell was honored at the NMSDC annual awards event in Denver.
Earlier this fall, Bell was named 2012 "National Advocate of the Year" by the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council for his leadership in promoting the growth of minority supplier spending and business development at Chrysler Group.
Under Bell, Chrysler Group's supplier diversity goals require that 10 percent of a tier 1 supplier's procurement buy be sourced to certified minority suppliers. Chrysler Group announced early this year that it spent $2.1 billion with approximately 200 minority suppliers in 2011, representing 8.5 percent of its total annual purchasing. Women-owned businesses, tracked separately, accounted for $301 million of the company's spending. Overall, the company purchased $31 billion in direct and indirect parts, materials and services in 2011. Since 1983, the company has spent more than $47 billion with minority-owned suppliers.
Chrysler Group continues to support organizations that assist tier 1 suppliers with achieving their minority-owned and women-owned sourcing goals. These organizations also include the Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council and the Women's Business Enterprise National Council. Chrysler Group supports veteran business ownership through membership with the National Veteran-Owned Business Association.