GM awards ArcelorMittal with prestigious diversity supplier recognition

05.27.2016

For the second, consecutive year, ArcelorMittal was recognized with a General Motors Supplier Diversity Award. ArcelorMittal received GM’s 2016 Top Diversity Performer Platinum Award at the Michigan Minority Procurement Conference in Detroit, May 3-5, after having been recognized with a silver award in 2015.

GM Award“The award was presented for top diversity performance within General Motors tier one suppliers,” said Cathy Wriston, specialist, corporate purchasing, ArcelorMittal USA. “The platinum award was given in recognition of those companies exceeding in performance to goal (over eight percent) and top diversity spend for 2015.”

Supplier diversity is a strategic business process for ArcelorMittal. The company is committed to developing and maintaining supplier relationships that provide a source of competitive advantage. Having a diversity program allows ArcelorMittal to provide an opportunity for minority, women and veteran owned businesses to participate in the company’s procurement process.   

“ArcelorMittal USA and the procurement department in particular, are very pleased that our successful supplier diversity program has been recognized with the Platinum Award by General Motors,” said Eric Knorr, vice president, procurement, ArcelorMittal USA. “Just as ArcelorMittal is strengthened by the diversity of our workforce, our supply chain is strengthened by the inclusion of minority and women owned businesses. We continue to work with General Motors and the other automotive customers to increase the participation of minority, women and veteran owned businesses as suppliers to ArcelorMittal.”

TeamGM Supplier Diversity Award recognition at the Michigan Minority Procurement Conference, from left: Eric Knorr, vice president of procurement corporate purchasing, ArcelorMittal USA; Donna Gilmer, supplier diversity, General Motors; Cathy Wriston, specialist, corporate purchasing, ArcelorMittal USA; and Reginald Humphrey, supplier diversity manager, General Motors.

ArcelorMittal USA has averaged more than $200 million in diversity spend with minority, women and veteran-owned business over the past two years. During this period the company has also doubled its diversity spend with qualified and certified diversity suppliers.

Many companies, including automotive, are recognizing their suppliers who have established diversity supplier initiatives. In addition to GM, Ford, Fiat Chrysler, Nissan and Toyota, have strategic goals that must be met by suppliers if they want to do business with the automakers. 

“General Motors was the first automotive OEM to establish a formal supplier diversity program back in 1968,” added Wriston. “Since then, most of our automotive customers have initiated their own unique diversity programs.”

Although Wriston manages the diversity supplier program for ArcelorMittal, she credits many throughout the ArcelorMittal organization with implementing the various facets and expectations based on customers’ supplier requirements. Some of the ArcelorMittal diversity supplier initiatives include:

  • Understanding our customers’ requirements and expectations
  • Analyzing and tracking pertinent metrics
  • Identifying and mentoring our current qualified/certified suppliers
  • Providing internal communications, education and awareness of diversity activities
  • Constant networking with the national certifying councils; NMSDC (National Minority Supplier Development Council and WBENC (Women’s Business Enterprise Council)
  • Participate in customer recommended trade shows, conventions and workshops
  • Assist AM/NS Calvert and ArcelorMittal Dofasco with building their internal diversity programs

In addition to the above list, Wriston holds an active position on GM’s Supplier Diversity Council. This council is comprised of nine additional suppliers who are committed to providing transparent feedback and discussing process enhancements which will allow for building stronger, more efficient programs.

As the leading steelmaker in the world, my goal is for ArcelorMittal to have the number one supplier diversity program in our industry,” added Wriston. “Receiving this award from GM indicates we are moving in the right direction.”

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