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Computer Leader Recognized for $1 Billion Annual Commitment to Supplier Diversity
ARLINGTON VA, June 10, 2009 / -- DiversityBusiness.com /--The Billion Dollar Roundtable Inc. (BDR) announced the induction of Dell Inc. during its Annual Summit May 27-28 in Arlington, VA, recognizing the Round Rock, TX company’s commitment of more than $1 billion in annual supply-chain spending with diverse suppliers. Founded in 2001 as a top-level forum for advancing the practice of supplier diversity, the BDR represents an exclusive group of 16 corporations.

Dell joined Honda and Avis Budget Group as 2009 BDR inductees. New members are inducted bi-annually.

“Dell has proven itself to be a leader and innovator in advancing supply-chain opportunities for diverse suppliers. Dell is a company built on direct engagement with its customers, and it follows a similar approach in building relationships with diverse suppliers. We welcome the ideas and commitment Dell will bring to the Billion Dollar Roundtable,” said William Moon, chairman of the BDR. This year Dell also made to the prestigious Div50 Award "Top 50 Organizations for Multicultural Business Opportunities" from DiversityBusiness.com.

“We are honored to become one of the 16 members of the Billon Dollar Roundtable. We look forward to partnering with our peer members to provide thought leadership in advancing diverse businesses. Our direct culture fosters innovation, creativity and solutions, making Dell the technology supplier of choice for customers around the world. We depend on the contributions of diverse suppliers to succeed, and we continue to be committed to building and nurturing our supplier chain,” said Jens Gruenkemeier, director, General Procurement and Global Supplier Diversity for Dell.

The BDR held induction ceremonies for Dell, Honda and Avis Budget Group during a dinner program May 27 at the Hyatt Arlington hotel that featured a keynote address by Karen G. Mills, administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration. The two-day summit, titled “An Integrated Approach to Fostering the Inclusion of Diverse Businesses,” offered a critical examination of a range of topics in supplier diversity, including, capacity of diverse firms, relevance of the practice of supplier diversity, certification procedures, government programs and globalization, as a backdrop to devise solutions to foster new opportunities.

“Our objectives for this year’s summit were to strengthen buying relationships between corporations and diverse suppliers and synchronize the supplier-diversity strategies of corporations, government and organizations to drive meaningful results and change,” said Sharon Patterson, BDR president and CEO. The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College joined the BDR as the summit co-host. Sponsors were Verizon Communications Inc., Johnson Controls Inc., Honda and Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

The 16 member companies of the BDR are AT&T Corp., Avis Budget Group, Boeing Co., Chrysler LLC, Dell Inc., Ford Motor Corp., General Motors Corp., Honda, IBM Corp., Johnson Controls Inc., The Kroger Co., Lockheed Martin Corp., Procter & Gamble Co., Toyota Motor North America Inc., Verizon Communications Inc. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

The Billion Dollar Roundtable Inc. was created in 2001 to recognize and celebrate corporations that achieved spending of $1 billion or more with diverse suppliers, including minority- and woman-owned companies. The BDR promotes and shares best practices in supply chain diversity excellence through summits, collaboration with other organizations and the production of policy papers. BDR member companies review and discuss issues, opportunities and strategies related to supplier diversity as a way to advance opportunities for corporations and diverse suppliers. The BDR encourages corporate entities to continue growing their supplier diversity programs by increasing commitment and spending levels each year. For more information, go to http://www.bdrusa.org.

Press Contact: Sharon Patterson, President and CEO, Billion Dollar Roundtable Inc., 847-337-9102

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Launched in 1999, DiversityBusiness, with over 50,000 members, is the largest organization of diversity owned businesses throughout the United States that provide goods and services to Fortune 1000 companies, government agencies, and colleges and universities. DiversityBusiness provides research and data collection services for diversity including the "Top 50 Organizations for Multicultural Business Opportunities", "Top 500 Diversity Owned Companies in America", and others. Its research has been recognized and published by Forbes Magazine, Business Week and thousands of other print and internet publications. The site has gained national recognition and has won numerous awards for its content and design. DiversityBusiness reaches more diverse suppliers and communicates more information to them on a more frequent basis then all other organizations combined. We also communicate with mainstream businesses, government agencies and educational institutions with information related to diversity. Our magazine reaches over 300,000 readers, a monthly e-newsletter that reaches 2.4 million, and website visitors of 1.2 million a month. It is a leading provider of Supplier Diversity management tools and has the most widely distributed Diversity magazine in the United States. DiversityBusiness.com is produced by Computer Consulting Associates International Inc. (CCAii.com) of Southport, CT. Founded in 1980.

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