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Kellogg diverse supplier spending tops $350 million in 2011

Friday, March 30, 2012  
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The Kellogg Company’s spending on goods and services from diverse, first-tier suppliers surpassed $350 million last year, marking the 13th consecutive year of growth in spending among diverse supplies, the company recently reported. Kellogg is a Network of Executive Women title sponsor.

Kellogg’s U.S. supplier diversity program, which is two decades old, has experienced nearly a six-fold increase in spending in the last 10 years.

"Our company is strengthened by a workforce that's reflective of the diverse consumers we serve,” said Kellogg President and CEO John Bryant. "Similarly, we are also strengthened by working with a diverse supplier base that can help us better understand and address our consumers' needs. And we know when our suppliers succeed, we succeed."

Kellogg’s supplier diversity program supports more than 200 companies owned by women, people of color and disabled veterans. Last year, Kellogg spent $353 million on goods and services from these suppliers, who provide goods and services directly to Kellogg and its co-manufacturers.

"Our supplier diversity program is about more than simply boosting spending or the numbers of women- or minority-owned companies in our supply chain,” said Cathy Kutch, director of supplier diversity for Kellogg. "It’s about partnering with companies to foster mutual success and sustainable growth.”

Kellogg worked closely with the proprietor of Coalescence LLC , which sells more than $21 million worth of custom flavorings each year to Kellogg alone.

"Our supplier diversity program works to strengthen our communities, as well, providing business opportunities for companies owned by members of minority groups and women,” Bryant said. "Our partnership with Coalescence is just one example of that.”

Last year, the company was honored with the CEO Leadership Circle of Excellence Award from the Minority Business Development Agency. "The company's supplier diversity program is unequivocally best in class, and it’s evident that diversity initiatives across the company are supported from the top down,” said Eric Dobyne, Chicago regional director, U.S. Department of Commerce, MBDA. "Kellogg goes above and beyond the status quo to fully incorporate innovation and diversity into its global supply chain.”

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