In 2009, the Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council (VMSDC) awarded Altria Group the Corporation of the Year Award.
Altria has not only benefited from their work with diverse suppliers, but has returned the favor in providing opportunities for small minority-owned businesses that may not have had the chance otherwise. Altria has sponsored Buckingham Greenery's CEO, Connie Hom, in several Diverse Supplier Executive Education programs. Through these educational opportunities, Hom was able to utilize the information and completely revamp her Supply Team Management to make Buckingham Greenery a much more cost-effective company.
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more about their support of women and minority-owned businesses.
Altria's support of Supplier Diversity has resulted in:*
• In 2009, spending with minority-owned and women-owned businesses accounted for more than 10 percent of total purchases across Altria's companies(1) –above average for spending by other consumer products companies.
• Altria was named the 2009 Corporation of the year by the Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council – the fourth consecutive year an Altria company has been so honored.
• Altria finished among the top 20 companies in the 2009 competition for Corporation of the Year from the National Minority Supplier Development Council.
*Taken with permission from the Altria website.
(1) The utilization figure includes Altria Group, Philip Morris USA, Altria Client Services, Altria Consumer Engagement Services and Altria Sales & Distribution.