Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council Honors FCA US with Two Awards
- FCA US received Corporation of the Year award
- Head of Supplier Diversity Development honored for individual accomplishments
- In 2015, FCA US spent $3 billion with minority-, women- and veteran-owned suppliers
AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Oct. 21, 2016 /3BL Media/ -- FCA US LLC was named Corporation of the Year at the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council’s (MMSDC) 33rd Annual Ambassadors Championing Excellence (ACE) Awards honoring excellence and ongoing commitment to working with and helping to develop and mentor minority business enterprises.
Kevin Bell, Head of Diversity Supplier Development at FCA US, received the Jethro Joseph Advocate of the Year Award. Named after a former employee at the automaker, this award is given to a leader whose commitment to minority economic development symbolizes the true spirit and intent of supplier diversity.
The awards were given at a ceremony in Detroit on October 6.
“As FCA US attracts new customers to our global vehicle brands, like Jeep® and Ram, it is essential that we have diverse supplier partners who can offer fresh ideas and creative solutions,” said Scott Thiele, Chief Purchasing Officer for FCA NV and Head of Purchasing and Supplier Quality for FCA – North America. “I am proud of our supplier diversity team’s dedication and the mentorship they offer our business partners as we look to ensure mutual long-term growth.”
In 2015, FCA US spent $3 billion with approximately 230 minority-, women- and veteran-owned suppliers, representing 8 percent of the Company’s total annual purchasing. Since 1983, the Company has purchased nearly $55 billion from diverse suppliers.
“We recognized corporations, minority businesses and individuals who excelled in engaging, mentoring and advocating diverse suppliers this past year,” said Michelle Sourie Robinson, President and CEO of MMSDC. “Our ambassadors are true champions of excellence in minority supplier development.
About the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council
Founded in 1977, the MMSDC certifies minority businesses, develops their capacity and facilitates inclusive procurement opportunities. The MMSDC is one of 23 affiliates of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), a nonprofit corporate membership organization that advances business opportunities for its certified Asian, Black, Hispanic, and Native American business enterprises and connects them to its corporate members.
About FCA US LLC
FCA US LLC is a North American automaker with a new name and a long history. Headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan, FCA US is a member of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCA) family of companies. FCA US designs, engineers, manufactures and sells vehicles under the Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram and FIAT brands, as well as the SRT performance vehicle designation. The company also distributes the Alfa Romeo 4C model and Mopar products. FCA US is building upon the historic foundations of Chrysler, the innovative American automaker first established by Walter P. Chrysler in 1925; and Fiat, founded in Italy in 1899 by pioneering entrepreneurs, including Giovanni Agnelli.
FCA, the seventh-largest automaker in the world based on total annual vehicle sales, is an international automotive group. FCA is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FCAU” and on the Mercato Telematico Azionario under the symbol “FCA.”
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