The Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) chose Dell as one of America's Top Corporations for Women's Business Enterprises for 2009 in recognition of its policies that create level playing fields for women's business enterprises (WBEs) to compete for corporate contracts and gain fair access to procurement opportunities.
In 2008, Dell's spending with women, small and minority-owned suppliers reached more than $2.5 billion.
"Supplier diversity is a critical component of our supply chain strategy. We are honored by the recognition and will continue to ensure we create opportunities for women-owned businesses, while at the same time learning from these synergistic relationships," said Jens Gruenkemeier, director, Dell general procurement & global supplier diversity.
One supplier, Integrated Human Capital, noted that its participation in the Centers of Excellence program with Dell as their mentor company has led to increased procurement opportunities both in the U.S. and Latin America.