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Faurecia lands two supplier diversity awards

Company earns Corporation of the Year in the Manufacturing-Level II division


November 11, 2013
by PurchasingB2B Staff

AUBURN HILLS, Mich—Faurecia, North America’s fifth-largest automotive supplier, won two awards at the annual recognition program held by Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC). The company earned Corporation of the Year in the Manufacturing—Level II division, while Harold Cook, senior global commodity buyer at Faurecia, was named as Corporate Buyer of the Year in the local category. The awards were presented at the 30th-annual MMSDC awards program, held October 1 at the Fox Theatre in Detroit.

Over 1,000 business leaders from industries such as automotive, healthcare, construction, education, information technology and consumer products attended the event.

Faurecia’s supplier diversity efforts were recognized by the MMSDC as the company earned Corporation of the Year in the Manufacturing-Level II division, in part for its joint venture with Rush Group, Detroit Manufacturing Systems. First announced in 2012, the joint venture has created hundreds of jobs in Detroit and was a factor considered by the MMSDC for the achievement. Also, Faurecia’s spending with diverse suppliers grew significantly between 2011 and 2012.

“Faurecia’s winning of the prestigious Michigan Minority Supplier Diversity Council Corporation of The Year Award is a true message to our customers, and communities that Faurecia understands the value diversity plays in our continued growth,” said Charles Perkins, director, diversity management at Faurecia. “We are proud of our record of promoting diversity as a tool for achieving best-in-class quality, cost and delivery. This award is confirmation of the value we place on a diverse, extended enterprise that reflects our employee and customer base.”

Harold Cook, Faurecia senior global commodity buyer, was named corporate buyer of the year in the local category. Cook has over 30 years of experience in the industrial and manufacturing industries with companies such as Petromin and Ashland Oil, including nearly 15 years in the automotive industry with Faurecia and another Tier 1 supplier. He joined the Faurecia non-production purchasing team in 2005. He has been developing diverse suppliers and adding them to Faurecia North America’s MRO supply chain for the last seven years.