Six Awards Handed Out to Supplier Diversity Champions and Partners
ATLANTA, Aug. 28, 2012 -- The
The event chronicled the evolution of the Company's Supplier Diversity program and explored how the process continues to change to meet the needs of the marketplace, communities and business.
"We're here tonight, 12 years into our supplier diversity journey, with the wind at our backs," said Terrez Thompson, Vice President of Global Supplier Diversity at The
In 2000, the Company committed to spend $800 million with minority- and women-owned business enterprises (MWBEs) over a five-year period. The Company exceeded this goal, spending $1 billion during the period, and by 2009, had increased its diverse spend by nearly 700 percent. Of note, in 2011,
"When we spend money in the communities where we do business, the people in those communities reciprocate by spending money with us. Everyone wins when we work together," said Ron Lewis, Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer at The
Awards were given in six categories to individuals and partners for their commitment to supplier diversity: the Chairman's Supplier Diversity Award, Outstanding Leadership Award, Buyer of the Year Award, Advocate of the Year Award, Champion of the Year Award, and Partners in the Promise Award.
The Chairman's Award went to Michael London, Director of the General Packaging Procurement Team at The
The Outstanding Leadership Award was given to Mark Shaughnessy, Senior Vice President of Procurement at
The Buyers of the Year Award was given to IT Global Procurement Managers Karin Stern and Don Herndon who utilized diverse IT firms in their areas of responsibility to the tune of more than $80 million in combined spend.
The Advocate of the Year Award went to Danise Van Vuuren, Senior Managing Counsel for Trademarks and Intellectual Property. The IP Team increased 58 percent of the Legal Function's supplier diversity commitment for 2011. The team boosted its 2012 commitment by 20 percent, and is currently at 63 percent of the Legal Function's diversity spend year-to-date.
The Champion of the Year Award was given to Joseph Raia, Director of Procurement, Production Equipment/MRO & Energy for
The Partners in the Promise Awards went to Harris & Ford, Prosys Information Systems, and Ball Corporation. Harris & Ford has been a
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