Women’s Business Enterprise Council Recognizes Nissan
March is Women’s History Month, so it is time once again to announce the America’s Top Corporations for Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs) list by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). The list has been published for 18 consecutive years, and it is the only award on a national level that recognizes corporations for policies and practices that give women-owned businesses a level playing field as well as promoting growth and innovation. Nissan was honored to be recognized on this year’s list of 66 companies.
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“We believe that excellence in our supplier diversity program and processes can result in greatness within supply chain management and lead to growth for all,” said Heath Holtz, senior vice president, Manufacturing, Supply Chain Management and Purchasing. “Nissan values inclusion in all areas of the business and strives to mirror the diversity of our consumer base and the communities where we do business.”
According to Nissan and 2017 sales data from I.H.S. Polk more than 44% of its customers identify as multicultural, and this diverse customer base makes the brand motivated to reach out to all possible communities and support them. On the production end of things, Nissan committed itself to a Supplier Diversity Initiative to make its world-class supplier network as diverse as its customers.
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This year, the 2017 Top Corporations honored by the WBEs together spent $39.3 billion with WBENC-Certified WBE suppliers in 2016. The WBENC also chose corporations with written policies about diversity in its supply chain for this year’s honors. We won’t be surprised to see Nissan on this list in the future, thanks to its commitment to diversity in all parts of its business.