DUKE ENERGY HONORED FOR SUPPLIER DIVERSITY INITIATIVES
The company was cited today at a luncheon as one of
“Duke Energy’s supplier diversity program has made great strides in recent years to allow women-owned companies more opportunities to do business with the company,” said Williams. “In Houston, our manager of supplier diversity, Angell Brown-Fontenot, has been instrumental in helping us establish ongoing relationships with women-owned businesses in the region. I’m pleased that WBEA has recognized our efforts.”
WBEA is the
“Duke Energy has shown through its action that it is committed to creating opportunities between itself and women-owned businesses,” said Darcey Baron, executive director of WBEA. “We applaud their efforts, and the efforts of other companies in the
Also at the luncheon, Duke Energy announced that it would make $1,500 grants to both WBEA and the Houston Minority Business Council. The funds would be used to offer Discover Leadership communications training to some members of the organizations. Duke Energy will also host the training in its
Additionally, Duke Energy announced that a significant part of its future supplier diversity strategy will be to support education and economic development in the regions the company serves. As part of this strategy, the company announced a $5,000 scholarship to WBEA for one of its members to attend the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth Executive Development Program in October 2003.
“Strengthening the role of diverse suppliers is an important part of re-energizing our economy. These businesses help create good jobs and add value in the communities where we do business,” said Williams.
Duke Energy is a diversified multinational energy company with an integrated network of energy assets and expertise. The company manages a dynamic portfolio of natural gas and electric supply, delivery and trading businesses – meeting the energy needs of customers throughout