WEConnect International held its inaugural gala celebrating champions of women's economic empowerment on March 30 in Washington, DC. Brenda Cockrell, Monsanto Company, received the Top Supplier Diversity Champion of the Year Award. In her present capacity as Global Supplier Diversity and Procurement Sustainability Director, Brenda influences cross-functional global champions in both sustainability and supplier diversity, fostering an environment where collaboration can occur throughout the business with sustainable solutions and diversity of suppliers to meet Monsanto’s Procurement needs in the various world regions. These approaches foster diversity of thought and bring new and sustainable ideas to help meet the growing need for innovative agricultural solutions.
According to a recent press release issued by Walmart earlier today, nine multinational corporations -- including WEConnect International members The Coca-Cola Company, ExxonMobil, Johnson&Johnson, PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble, and Walmart -- have joined together in a collaborative effort to track and report sourcing from self-identified women-owned business as well as women's business enterprises certified by WBENC and WEConnect International.