Women’s Business Enterprise National Council Honors FCA US
For the sixth year in a row, FCA US LLC has been singled out as a Top Corporation for Advancing Women-owned Businesses by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. The award recognizes corporations that establish “world-class supplier diversity programs that reduce barriers and drive growth for women-owned businesses,” according to FCA.
One of 66 corporations to earn the highly-acclaimed designation from the WBENC, FCA US took the honor home on March 22, at the 2018 WBENC Summit & Salute held in Dallas.
“America’s Top Corporations know that stronger WBEs will drive new sources of revenue, deepen customer satisfaction and generate a stronger economy,” said Pamela Prince-Eason, President and CEO of WBENC, the nation’s leader in women’s business development.
In 2017, FCA US financially supported strategic women-owned businesses with an investment of approximately $3 billion.
“Since 1983, the Company has purchased nearly $62 billion from minority-owned, women-owned and veteran-owned suppliers. FCA US spent $8.6 billion with diverse suppliers in 2017, representing 18% of the Company’s total annual purchasing,” reports FCA.
The MatchMaker trade show, which FCA US hosts each year, has helped generate business opportunities for women-, veteran-, minority-owned businesses netting approximately $3 billion since its founding in 2000.
“Supplier diversity has been embedded in this company for the past 35 years and together with our diverse suppliers we are able to contribute to our mutual growth,” said Scott Thiele, Chief Purchasing Officer, FCA. “The support WBENC provides for women-owned businesses not only strengthens the automotive industry, but also helps inject the voice of women into every vehicle we make.”