The Coca-Cola Company recently was named among the 2014 America’s Top Corporations for Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs) for the eighth consecutive year by the Women’s Business Enterprises National Council (WBENC). 

“WBENC’s recognition of The Coca-Cola Company as Top Corporation in America for Doing Business with Women is indeed an honor. For us, it serves as confirmation of our Chairman’s commitment to the development of women as a business imperative. It’s widely accepted that women are the cornerstone of their communities, and female entrepreneurs have a multiplier impact on the economic health and well-being of their communities. That’s where real change can happen,” said Darlene Nicosia, Coke's chief procurement officer.

The WBENC is the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned, controlled, and operated by women in the United States. WBENC, a national 501(c)(3) non-profit, partners with 14 regional organizations to provide its world-class standard of certification to women-owned businesses throughout the country.

“This award reinforces the hard work, collaboration and supplier development work the Global Sustainable Procurement team at The Coca-Cola Company has undertaken and that has delivered results and made a difference for our businesses. While our bar is already set high I can assure you that a sincere commitment to a ‘best-in class’ Supplier Diversity program continues under my leadership,” added Nicosia.

A total of 51 corporations were recognized on the 2014 list for driving best practices that result in productive partnerships with women entrepreneurs and valuable products and services for customers.