NORTHBROOK, Ill., March 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Allstate Insurance Company has been named to the 16th annual list of America's Top Corporations for Women's Business Enterprises (WBEs). This recognition from the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) is the only national award honoring corporations for world-class supplier diversity programs that reduce barriers and drive growth for women-owned businesses.
"We are honored to be recognized by WBENC," said Cheryl Harris, Allstate's senior vice president of sourcing and procurement solutions. "Allstate is committed to building diversity within our supply chain and within our business to help support the needs of our diverse customers. We believe we can make a difference through opportunities that include a supplier mentorship program and our annual Supplier Diversity Exchange, which showcased 75 companies last year."
"Our association with Allstate has helped us grow in both size and sophistication," said Linda Toops of Clerestory Consulting, a 13-year-old business focused on change management and operations improvement. "Our executive mentor solicited input from experts and associates within Allstate to make our monthly meetings very productive. We received advice on improving our website, proposals, company description and recruiting processes. In just two years, that advice helped our company win new business from large companies, increase revenues by 44 percent and double our number of consultants."
"We attended Allstate's Supplier Diversity Exchange for the first time in 2011," said Gay Gaddis, founder and chief executive officer of T3, a full-service advertising and digital strategy agency. "Within a week, we had the opportunity to respond to an Allstate RFP. To date, we've worked with more than nine business lines and 40 clients within Allstate and created beautiful, award-winning work. Our relationship with Allstate is another example of how T3 can scale our business to meet growing client needs."
"We are so proud of WBENC's Top Corporations, including Allstate, for choosing to set the standard for access and increase opportunities to women suppliers in new markets – both domestically and internationally," said Pamela Prince-Eason, president and chief executive officer of WBENC, the nation's leader in women's business development. "WBENC-Certified WBEs in turn are able to fuel innovation, and empower communities through economic growth and job creation."
A total of 62 companies met the standards to be recognized as one of America's Top Corporations for Women's Business Enterprises in 2015. Allstate will be honored in front of an audience of more than 1,500 attendees at the WBENC Summit & Salute to Women's Business Enterprises taking place March 22-24, 2016 in Phoenix.
The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home, life and other insurance offered through its Allstate, Esurance, Encompass and Answer Financial brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate®." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2015, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $36 million to support local communities. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 250,000 hours of service across the country.
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 about the annual America's Top Corporations for Women Business Enterprises, visit http://www.wbenc.org/americas-top-corporations-for-wbes.
SOURCE Allstate Insurance Company