Oil Companies Recognized for Supporting Women in Business

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Chevron Corp., Exxon Mobil Corp. and Shell Oil Co. earned a place this year on the Women's Business Enterprises National Council’s (WBENC) annual listing of America's Top Corporations for Women's Business Enterprise—the only national award honoring corporations for world-class programs that create level playing fields for women's business enterprises to compete for corporate contracts.

"Our top corporations are world-class leaders in producing innovation and growth through partnerships with women's business enterprises," Linda Denny, WBENC president and CEO, said in a statement. "This year, we have reached a record high of 19 corporations selected for outstanding, enterprise-wide supplier diversity programs and measurable results."

The America's Top Corporations for Women's Business Enterprises awards presentation was held yesterday in Washington, D.C. The event took place during WBENC's 2009 Summit and Salute to Women's Business Enterprise, which attracts more than 800 attendees.

Shell and Chevron have each won this award seven times, according to WBENC.

"This consistency of excellence demonstrates that once a company embeds best practices in its organization and its culture, it can sustain and enhance its success year after year," Denny stated.

Founded in 1997, the Women's Business Enterprise National Council is the nation's leading third-party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women.
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