The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) honored Energy Future Holdings (EFH) for the 12thconsecutive year as one of America’s Top Corporations for Women’s Business Enterprises. This award is the only national award honoring corporations for world-class programs that create level playing fields for women’s business enterprises (WBEs) to compete for corporate contracts. EFH has been recognized by WBENC every year since the award’s creation.
“We are deeply committed to providing and supporting business opportunities that increase the diversity of our suppliers,“ said Cheryl Stevens, EFH Vice President of Supplier Diversity. “We are honored to be recognized again by WBENC for our efforts, and to further our shared goal of increasing opportunities for women’s business enterprises.”
The America’s Top Corporations for Women’s Business Enterprises award presentation took place March 23 at the Women In Military Service For America Memorial at the Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C., during WBENC’s 2011 Summit & Salute to Women’s Business Enterprise: The Opportunity Connection.
“We are proud to honor 20 Top Corporations for their world-class leadership in partnering with women’s business enterprises to sustain innovation in this country and fuel our economic growth,” said Linda Denny, president and CEO of WBENC, the leading authority on and advocate for women’s business enterprises (WBEs) as vendors and suppliers to the nation’s leading corporations. “These Top Corporations are deeply committed to supplier diversity programs that span their organizations and achieve measurable results.”
Other 2010 Top Corporations recognized for WBEs include: Accenture, Alcatel-Lucent, AT&T, Avis Budget Group, Inc., Bank of America, Chevron, The Coca-Cola Company, Dell, Ernst & Young LLP, Exxon Mobil Corporation, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Kelly Services, Inc., Manpower, PepsiCo, Inc., Pfizer Inc., Shell Oil Company, UPS and Verizon.
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About Energy Future Holdings
EFH is a Dallas-based holding company engaged in competitive and regulated energy market activities, primarily in Texas. Its portfolio of competitive businesses consists primarily of TXU Energy, a retail electricity provider with approximately 2 million customers in Texas, and Luminant, which is engaged largely in power generation and related mining activities, wholesale power marketing and energy trading. Luminant has approximately 15,400 MW of generation in Texas, including 2,300 MW fueled by nuclear power and 8,000 MW fueled by coal. Luminant is also the largest purchaser of wind-generated electricity in Texas and fifth largest in the United States. EFH’s regulated operations consist of Oncor, which operates the largest electricity distribution and transmission system in Texas with more than three million delivery points, 103,000 miles of distribution conductors and 15,000 miles of transmission lines. While EFH indirectly owns approximately 80 percent of Oncor, the management of Oncor reports to a separate board with a majority of directors that are independent from EFH.
The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) is the leading advocate for, and authority on, Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs) as suppliers and vendors to the nation’s corporations. Founded in 1997, WBENC is also the nation’s leading third-party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women, with over 10,500 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, please go to www.wbenc.org.