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Adient receives prestigious WBENC award for supplier diversity

Adient is honored as one of America’s top corporations for women’s business enterprises by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).

PLYMOUTH, Mich., Feb 8, 2019 – Adient (NYSE: ADNT), a global leader in automotive seating, has been named one of America’s Top Corporations for Women’s Business Enterprises by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).

“Supplier diversity is embraced at every level of our company. Being honored as a top corporation for women’s business enterprises is recognition of our commitment to developing diverse suppliers,” said Kelli Carney, vice president and chief purchasing officer.

Adient was honored for its innovative supplier development initiatives, which include:

  • Economically equipping women populations via purchasing goods and services from certified women-owned businesses
  • Building capacity with women-owned businesses so they can effectively compete in the marketplace
  • Having Adient’s preferred suppliers launch their own supplier diversity programs

Adient operates an innovative program to recruit and develop diverse suppliers. The company spends $1 billion or more annually on a Tier 1 basis with minority-, veteran- and women-owned businesses.

“WBENC’s Top Corporations set the standard for choosing to integrate policies and programs across their organization that enable the growth and development of women-owned businesses. These Top Corporations are valued partners in our commitment to women’s business development,” said Pamela Prince-Eason, President and CEO of WBENC, the nation’s leader in women’s business development.

This the second time Adient has been named as one of America’s Top Corporations for Women’s Business Enterprises. Adient will be honored at the WBENC Summit & Salute to Women's Business Enterprises March 11-13 in Houston.

About Adient:

Adient is a global leader in automotive seating. With 85,000 employees operating in 234 manufacturing/assembly plants in 34 countries worldwide, we produce and deliver automotive seating for all vehicle classes and all major OEMs. From complete seating systems to individual components, our expertise spans every step of the automotive seat-making process. Our integrated, in-house skills allow us to take our products from research and design all the way to engineering and manufacturing – and into more than 25 million vehicles every year. For more information on Adient, please visit adient.com.

About WBENC:

WBENC is the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned, controlled, and operated by women in the United States. WBENC partners with 14 Regional Partner Organizations (RPOs) to provide its world-class standard of certification to women-owned businesses throughout the country. WBENC is also the nation's leading advocate of women-owned businesses and entrepreneurs. Throughout the year, WBENC provides business development opportunities for member corporations, government agencies and more than 14,000 certified women-owned businesses at events and other forums. Learn more at www.wbenc.org and www.wbenc.org/americas-top-corporations-for-wbes.

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