Our Company recognized associates and internal teams who have made outstanding contributions to supplier diversity success in its annual Partners in the Promise Awards celebration. Held June 10, the ceremony honored suppliers who have excelled in product delivery, quality and services. Overall, our Company increased the total amount we spend with diverse suppliers by 14.8 percent, since 2012. Because of the Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) consolidation and Coca-Cola Refreshments (CCR) contributions, this is the first time our Company has had year-on-year first tier growth, or spend that our Company has directly with diverse suppliers.

Vice President of Global Supplier Diversity Terrez Thompson said, “One of the greatest benefits of this dynamic team is that I get to witness firsthand the lasting impacts of associates who are eager to make a difference. But this is only the beginning, and there is continued hard work and creative tension along the path.” 

TCCC’s supplier diversity goal is to join the ‘Billion Dollar Roundtable’ (BDR) by the year 2020, in line with our 2020 Vision, by spending $1 billion directly with diverse suppliers in one year. We’re leveraging our global footprint, with programs such as our 5by20 initiative to empower five million women across the globe, to help boost our North America supplier diversity efforts and join the BDR. Spending $952 million with diverse suppliers in 2013, our Company is making strong progress toward this goal.

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MeadWestvaco Corporation accepts the Prime Supplier of the Year Award for innovative practices in utilizing, retaining and growing diverse suppliers
This year’s Chairman’s Award and $10,000 check, reserved for an individual or team who demonstrates a commitment to supplier diversity by using creativity and innovation to promote the use of diverse suppliers, was given to the Global IT Procurement Team. Global IT Procurement increased the number of first tier diverse suppliers, doubled their percentage of diversity spend and increased second tier supplier diversity spend by $12.7 million – 19 times more than 2012.

Manager of General Procurement Tyra Paytes earned the Champion of the Year award, recognized for proactively advocating the inclusion of diverse suppliers in her division. She was able to extract $8.4 million in second tier spending, incorporating global and local opportunities to reach her goal.  

“To become a world class program you have to have a world class team, and I am fortunate to have the very best there is. I know we have a promising journey ahead of us,” Thompson said.

Other recipients of the 2014 Partners in the Promise Awards include:

  • Outstanding Leadership Award: Ann Taylor, VP and President, Global Business Services
  • Buyer of the Year Award: Kaye Masters, Senior Manager, Procurement
  • Special Recognition Awards:
    • Mark Ferguson, VP, Global Procurement Equipment
    • Allan Johnke, Sr., Financial Analyst
    • LeKea McMillan, Senior Procurement Manager, PMO-OE
    • Terri Milewski, Senior Executive Administrative Assistant
  • Supplier of the Year Awards:
  • Diverse Supplier of the Year Award: NEI Global, Inc.
  • Prime Supplier of the Year Award: MeadWestvaco Corporation