Kaiser wins Corporation of the Year award

Kaiser Permanente received the Corporation of the Year award from the Rocky Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council last week.

The award recognizes the corporation or government agency that has shown a commitment to minority business development, and was nominated by one of the council’s certified minority businesses.

“Kaiser Permanente is pleased to receive this award as recognition of our commitment to supplier diversity,” said Clayton Mitchell, executive director of Kaiser Permanente national facilities services. “Utilizing diverse suppliers contributes to the economic health of our members and reflects the diversity of our Colorado region.

According to the RMMSDC, Kaiser Permanente was recognized for this award based upon a number of factors including:

· Kaiser’s commitment to Minority Business Enterprises. In 2013, Kaiser Permanente invested $58.5 million in minority businesses in Colorado.

· The company conducted community outreach seminars and vendor forums such as the Women’s Business Enterprise Council event, “Trailblazers: Women Entrepreneurs of the Next Generation” to educate companies on opportunities available within the Colorado region as well as assist potential vendors with strategies for assessing contract opportunities.

· Kaiser also placed an emphasis engagement with diversity affinity organizations such as RMMSDC, Hispanic Contractors of Colorado, National Association of Minority Contractors, and other organizations with similar values.