MILWAUKEE, Jan. 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- ManpowerGroup (NYSE: MAN) today announced it has been named one of America's Top Corporations for Women's Business Enterprises (WBEs) by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). The company earned a platinum distinction – the highest category – for the second year in a row as a result of its commitment to women-owned businesses.
"We know diversity of people drives diversity of thought and improves business outcomes," said Michael Stull, Senior Vice President, Manpower North America. "Women make up more than half of the global workforce, so recognizing the expertise and capabilities of Women Business Enterprises is part of our commitment to ensuring we tap all potential. This forms the foundation of ManpowerGroup's supplier diversity initiative. We are delighted to be recognized for the practical steps we are taking to promote diverse suppliers, including partnering with women-owned businesses."
"WBENC's Top Corporations set the standard for helping women's enterprise suppliers to access opportunities in new markets – both domestically and internationally. They have been valued partners in our 20 years of commitment to women's business development," said Pamela Prince-Eason, President and CEO of WBENC, the nation's leader in women's business development. "WBENC-certified businesses are able to fuel innovation and empower communities through economic growth and job creation."
ManpowerGroup continues to advance its supplier diversity initiatives by launching innovative programs and engaging women-owned businesses in ways that truly add value. The company's executive mentoring program matches high-potential diverse suppliers with top talent and its annual diversity roundtable helps develop more than 175 diverse suppliers in the workforce solutions industry each year. Top ManpowerGroup executives are active participants in the initiatives this award recognizes.
America's Top Corporations for Women's Business Enterprises is the only national award honoring corporations for world-class supplier diversity programs that reduce barriers and drive growth for women-owned businesses. ManpowerGroup will be honored in front of an audience of more than 1,500 business leaders at the WBENC Summit & Salute to Women's Business Enterprises taking place March 21-23, 2017 in New Orleans, LA.
For more information about ManpowerGroup's supplier diversity initiatives in the United States, visit http://www.manpower.us/en/About-Us/Supplier-Diversity.htm.
ManpowerGroup® (NYSE: MAN) is the world's workforce expert, creating innovative workforce solutions for nearly 70 years. We connect more than 600,000 people to meaningful work across a wide range of skills and industries every day. Through our ManpowerGroup family of brands – Manpower®, Experis®, Right Management® and ManpowerGroup® Solutions – we help more than 400,000 clients in 80 countries and territories address their critical talent needs, providing comprehensive solutions to resource, manage and develop talent. In 2016, ManpowerGroup was named one of the World's Most Ethical Companies for the sixth consecutive year and one of Fortune's Most Admired Companies, confirming our position as the most trusted and admired brand in the industry. See how ManpowerGroup makes powering the world of work humanly possible: www.manpowergroup.com
Founded in 1997, WBENC is the leading third-party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women, with over 13,000 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