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HOUSTON -- The National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) awarded retiring president of Shell Oil Co., John Hofmeister, with the prestigious Corporate Leadership Award.
The honor was bestowed during the 2008 Minority Business Awards Dinner on May 20 in New York. Hofmeister is the first Shell recipient of this award, which recognizes the collective efforts of Shell and Motiva employees who make diversity a priority.
"At Shell, we're constantly looking for diverse business partners to provide innovative products and services," Hofmeister, who served as president of Houston-based Shell Oil Co. since March 2005, said in released statement. "We need these partners for their innovation, creative approaches to problem-solving, and their ability to identify new customers and to help us penetrate growth markets."
Shell's commitment to supplier diversity includes the use of strategies, processes, a supporting framework to ensure inclusive behaviors and accountability, noted Hofmeister. Over the last three years, Shell's direct spend with certified minority-owned firms was almost $900 million, and combined with second tier efforts with prime suppliers, exceeded $1 billion.
NMSDC President Harriet Michel's letter to Hofmeister about this honor noted, "We believe by demonstrating our appreciation for Shell's achievements at this major national event, other corporations and minority businesses will be encouraged to join with us in this worthwhile effort."
NMSDC is the nation's leading corporate membership organization, a network of 39 affiliated regional councils, that matches more than 15,000 certified minority businesses with its more than 3,500 corporate members who want to purchase their goods and services.