SOURCE: Cummins Inc.DESCRIPTION:
The National Business Inclusion Consortium (NBIC) has identified its fifth annual cohort of Best-of-the-Best list of corporations in America committed to diversity and inclusion across all communities. Cummins is among just 50 companies named to the overall list, and was one of just five finalists for NBIC’s Best-of-the-Best program or Initiative of the Year award.
“The Best-of-the-Best designation honors corporations for their commitment to America’s diverse employees and business owners, which includes LGBT people, people of color, women, and people with disabilities,” said NGLCC Co-Founder and President Justin Nelson. “This designation is highly competitive and is bestowed only to corporations that we see constantly striving to strengthen and celebrate diversity. These corporations being honored are true leaders in ongoing global commitments to create a better future for all diverse communities in business.”
Cummins has a long legacy of commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and the company recognizes diversity and inclusion as one of its six core values. Cummins understands that businesses owned by diverse suppliers help contribute to the overall economic growth and wellbeing of the communities in which we live and work. We also understand that establishing strategic partnerships with suppliers helps create value for our stakeholders and provides us with a competitive advantage. Collaborating with such businesses to provide goods and services to our company creates a cross-cultural competency that only comes from multiple perspectives.
“We are proud to be a part of a culture valuing diversity and inclusion,” said Helena Hutton, Director of Global Diversity Procurement – Center of Excellence at Cummins.
“This recognition emphasizes Cummins’ dedication and commitment to drive action for an inclusive environment for suppliers and our employees.”
In addition to Cummins, other Fortune 500 companies receiving recognition include: ADP, Anthem Inc., Bank of America, Comcast NBCUniversal, FedEx, General Mills, IBM Corporation, Johnson & Johnson, Kellogg Company, Merck, Sony Pictures Entertainment, The Coca-Cola Company, The Walt Disney Company and Toyota.
“Demonstrating commitment to diversity is not only the right thing to do, but it’s also the smartest thing to do for businesses large and small,” said NGLCC Co-Founder and CEO Chance Mitchell. “The select group of Fortune 500 companies honored with a Best-of-the-Best designation are innovators and trailblazers for inclusion and are constantly raising the bar forward for themselves, their peers, and their competitors. While we pause to honor some extraordinary leaders at the Best-of-the-Best gala, the great work of ensuring opportunity for all us is a year-round commitment. We look forward to working with all of these great companies for decades to come in shaping a more inclusive economy for all.”
NGLCC formed the National Business Inclusion Consortium in 2011, and its members represent a total of over $9 trillion in annual economic strength along with significant contributions to the marketplace and workplace. Only companies achieving industry-leading results across all diverse segments are eligible to receive the prestigious Best-of-the-Best designation from the NBIC, whose members include the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC); Disability:IN; National Minority Supplier Development Council; National Veteran-Owned Business Association; United States Black Chambers, Inc.; United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; United States Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce; WEConnect International; Women Impacting Public Policy; and Women’s Business Enterprise National Council.
The presentation of those honored with the Best-of-the-Best designation was made at the fifth annual Best-of-the-Best Awards Gala.
Cummins is a global power leader that designs, manufactures, sells and services diesel and alternative fuel engines from 2.8 to 95 liters, diesel and alternative-fueled electrical generator sets from 2.5 to 3,500 kW, as well as related components and technology. Cummins serves its customers through its network of 600 company-owned and independent distributor facilities and more than 7,200 dealer locations in over 190 countries and territories.
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