Wal-Mart has now 'partnered' with the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.
The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) announced today a partnership with Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. as part of the company’s ongoing commitment to advancing diversity among all of its associate, supplier and customer bases. This partnership will include executive representation on the NGLCC’s Corporate Advisory Council (CAC) and sponsorship of the organization’s 2006 events and initiatives.
As part of Wal-Mart’s involvement with NGLCC, Dee Breazeale, vice president of divisional merchandise, SAM’S CLUB Jewelry, will serve on the organization’s Corporate Advisory Council (CAC). The CAC is composed of NGLCC corporate partners whose mission is to discuss issues upon which members of the NGLCC and CAC work together to educate Corporate America and the public on the economic benefits of providing a diverse workplace and creating mutually beneficial relationships with the LGBT and LGBT-friendly business community.
A list of other partners that Wal-Mart follows:
Wal-Mart joins a highly respected group of companies with representatives on the CAC, including IBM, Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase, American Airlines, Intel Corporation, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, Lehman Brothers, Motorola, Travelport, Merrill Lynch, American Express, Cisco Systems, Avis, Orbitz, Intuit, Kodak, Fannie Mae, Millennium Hotels and Resorts, and Kimpton
Why Wal-Mart? Why Now? Background Statement from the NGLCC Leadership
We would like to take this opportunity to share some background on our partnership announcement with Wal-Mart and what it means for LGBT business owners and entrepreneurs – our members. One of the major initiatives at the NGLCC is our LGBT Supplier Diversity Initiative™ (SDI). The purpose of the SDI is to connect certified LGBT businesses with major corporations for the purposes of gaining procurement opportunities -- product and services contracts.
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