Top Corporations Committed To Women-Owned Businesses Honored By WBENC

Feb 29, 2016, 10:44 ET from Women's Business Enterprise National Council

WASHINGTON, Feb. 29, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the nation's leader in women's business development, today announced the 16th Annual America's Top Corporations for Women's Business Enterprises (WBEs), the only national award honoring corporations and their leadership for choosing to integrate policies and programs to enable growth and reduce barriers for women-owned businesses.

"We are so proud not only of the increasing number of WBENC's Top Corporations, but also for the leadership of these corporations who are consistently choosing to set the standard for access and increase opportunities for women suppliers in new markets—both domestically and internationally," said Pamela Prince-Eason, President and CEO of WBENC. "WBENC-Certified WBEs in turn are able to fuel innovation and empower communities through economic growth and job creation."

The award announcement recognizes 62 corporations, the largest list in the history of the program, which started in 1999 when only 17 corporations made the list. WBENC's Top Corporations will be honored in front of an audience of more than 1,500 attendees, including top-level senior executives from the awarded corporations, at the WBENC Summit & Salute taking place March 22 to 24 in Phoenix, AZ.

WBENC's 2015 America's Top Corporations for Women's Business Enterprises are (in alphabetical order):

Accenture
Alcatel-Lucent
Allstate Insurance Company
Altria Group, Inc.
AT&T
Avis Budget Group, Inc.
Bank of America
Best Buy
BP America, Inc.
Bristol-Myers Squibb
Capital One
Cargill, Inc
Chevron
The Coca-Cola Company
CVS Health
Dell, Inc.
DTE Energy
DuPont
Energy Future Holdings
Entergy Corporation
Ericsson, Inc.
Exxon Mobil Corporation
EY
FedEx
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
Ford Motor Company
General Motors Company
IBM
Johnson & Johnson
Kaiser Permanente
Kellogg Company
Kelly Services, Inc.
The Kroger Co.
Lockheed Martin Corporation
Macy's, Inc.
ManpowerGroup, Inc.
Marriott International
Merck
MetLife
MGM Resorts International
Microsoft
Monsanto Company
Nationwide Mutual
New York Life
Office Depot
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
PepsiCo, Inc.
Pfizer Inc
Pitney Bowes, Inc.
Procter & Gamble
Raytheon Company
Robert Half International Inc.
Shell
Target Corporation
TIAA-CREF
TOYOTA
United Airlines
UPS
Verizon
Walmart Stores, Inc.
The Walt Disney Company
Wells Fargo

Sponsored by Accenture, EY, and Ampcus, WBENC's Summit & Salute will showcase senior executives discussing the trends, challenges, and opportunities across multiple industries, which impact the supply chain landscape.

To learn more about the event or WBENC's Top Corporations, visit http://summit.wbenc.org.

About WBENC
Founded in 1997, WBENC is the leading third-party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women, with over 12,000 WBENC-Certified WBEs. WBENC-Certification is accepted by more than 1,000 corporations representing America's most prestigious brands, in addition to many states, cities and other entities. Throughout the year, WBENC and its 14 Regional Partner Organizations provide opportunities for interactions between more than 650 member corporations, government agencies and thousands of certified WBEs at business building events and other forums. WBENC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that seeks and accepts donations from corporations, foundations and individuals that support its mission and programs. For more information, please go to www.wbenc.org.

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SOURCE Women's Business Enterprise National Council



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