PLYMOUTH, Mich., Feb. 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Adient (NYSE: ADNT), the global leader in automotive seating, has been named by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) to its 18th annual list of America's Top Corporations for Women's Business Enterprises (WBEs).
This is the only national award honoring corporations for world-class supplier diversity programs that reduce barriers and drive growth for women-owned businesses. Adient was honored for its commitment to innovative supplier development initiatives.
"Fostering diversity across our business is an important component of Adient's values," said Bruce McDonald, chairman and CEO of Adient. "Being honored as a top corporation for women's business enterprises is recognition of our commitment to developing diverse suppliers, which brings significant benefit to our company."
Adient operates an innovative program to recruit and develop diverse suppliers. The company is a member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable, a nonprofit organization created in 2001 made up of 27 Fortune-level corporations that each spend $1 billion or more annually on a Tier 1 basis with minority- and women-owned businesses.
"Supplier diversity is embraced at every level of our company. Our relationships with women-owned and other diverse suppliers are key to our success, enabling innovation across our supply chain and strengthening our capabilities," said Kelly Bysouth, vice president of global procurement and supply chain at Adient.
"America's Top Corporations know that stronger women's business enterprises 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.
Adient will be honored at the WBENC Summit & Salute to Women's Business Enterprises March 20-22, 2018 in Dallas.
Adient is a global leader in automotive seating. With 85,000 employees operating 238 manufacturing/assembly plants in 34 countries worldwide, we produce and deliver automotive seating for all vehicle classes and all major OEMs. From complete seating systems to individual components, our expertise spans every step of the automotive seat-making process. Our integrated, in-house skills allow us to take our products from research and design all the way to engineering and manufacturing – and into more than 25 million vehicles every year. For more information on Adient, please visit adient.com.
WBENC is the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned, controlled, and operated by women in the United States. WBENC partners with 14 Regional Partner Organizations (RPOs) to provide its world-class standard of certification to women-owned businesses throughout the country. WBENC is also the nation's leading advocate of women-owned businesses and entrepreneurs. Throughout the year, WBENC provides business development opportunities for member corporations, government agencies and more than 14,000 certified women-owned businesses at events and other forums. Learn more at www.wbenc.org http://www.wbenc.org/americas-top-corporations-for-wbes.