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Diversity on Display

Commitment to diversity producing great results

August 1, 2016

FCA US LLC continues to demonstrate its deep commitment to supplier diversity and minority supplier development, hosting the 17th annual Matchmaker event at the Company's headquarters in Auburn Hills, Mich.

FCA US LLC continues to demonstrate its deep commitment to supplier diversity and minority supplier development, hosting the 17th annual Matchmaker event at the Company’s headquarters in Auburn Hills, Mich.

Sometimes the best recipes are those that are altered using ingredients you have on hand. With practice, swapping in a few choice ingredients can turn a regular dish from ordinary and expected into the extraordinary.

Along the same line, adding diversity to an organization can produce great results. At FCA US LLC, we believe it is our diversity of talents and perspectives that allow us to take visionary approaches apply new technologies and forge ahead in our industry in innovation and performance.

The diversity of the workforce here at FCA US benefits not only the company and our products, but it also leads to personal achievement by our employees. This year, several of our employees – and FCA US itself – have been honored for leadership and support of women- and minority-owned businesses.

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    This year the Women’s Automotive Association International recognized FCA US Commodity Manager Shellie Medici with the 2016 Spirit of Leadership Award.

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    FCA US Manufacturing Engineer Kristal Fears proudly accepted the 2016 Black Engineer of the Year Special Recognition Award this year.

  • FCA US Engineer Receives 2016 BEYA Award

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    Bell was named as one of Women’s Enterprise USA’s Top 100 Leaders in Supplier Diversity in 2016.

Celebrating our employees
This year the Women’s Automotive Association International recognized FCA US Commodity Manager Shellie Medici with the 2016 Spirit of Leadership Award for her professional accomplishments, community involvement, and contributions to the growth and progress of the automotive industry.

Medici is celebrating 28 rewarding years in the automotive industry. Her professional highlights include being a working mom and having successful cross-functional team management experiences in various accounting, finance, corporate audit and direct and indirect assignments.

“I feel honored to have been nominated and acknowledged by a group of distinguished women in automotive. Accepting the award represents the successes of my past accomplishments and an inspiration for future endeavors to empower others to change obstacles into opportunities and become motivated and confident to create a better future for others,” Medici said.

Medici isn’t alone in her recognition. FCA US Manufacturing Engineer Kristal Fears proudly accepted the 2016 Black Engineer of the Year Special Recognition Award this year. The award from U.S. Black Engineer & Information Technology magazine honors outstanding leaders in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. Fears credits an elementary school teacher in Detroit who recognized her math skills and encouraged her to pursue a career in engineering.

Along with her colleagues, Fears implemented a transmission flash system at a plant that was a first for FCA and is now being implemented at plants around the globe. It also saved the company a great deal of money.

In addition, Kevin Bell, senior manager – diversity supplier development, was recognized for being a visionary role model who’s helping to pave the way for dynamic growth in supply chain diversity and inclusion. Bell was named as one of Women’s Enterprise USA’s Top 100 Leaders in Supplier Diversity in 2016.

WE-Top-100-graphic-250x227Think of Bell as the “Matchmaker” for FCA US.

MatchMaker is an annual event held by the company that provides more than 250 minority-, women- and veteran-owned businesses access to 3,000 attendees ranging from FCA US leadership and buyers to Tier 1 suppliers and leaders to advocacy and certifying organizations. Tier 1 companies are direct suppliers to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), or in this case FCA US.

Bell’s mission is to identify these qualified minority- and women-owned businesses and “set them up” to do business with FCA US. Think of it like speed-dating for businesses. Under Bell, the FCA US supplier diversity goals require that 10% of a Tier 1 supplier’s procurement buy is sourced to certified minority suppliers.

In addition to the achievements of our employees, the company maintains a longstanding commitment to longstanding commitment to developing and launching innovative programs to increase diverse business participation in the Company’s supply base. 

Diversifying the supply base
FCA US is committed to creating a diverse and sustainable supply base that directly reflects our customer base. Since 1983, we have purchased nearly $50 billion of goods and services from minority-owned suppliers.

“FCA US is committed to creating a diverse and sustainable supply base that directly reflects our customers,” said Tom Finelli, Vice President – Purchasing and Supplier Quality, FCA North America. “Our commitment to women-owned businesses is a critical element to both developing vehicles that resonate with our customers and supporting the communities where we operate.”

Amy Scott (center), director of product development purchasing - FCA US, accepts the Corporation of the Year award from the Great Lakes Women's Business Council President Sandra Miller (left) and Executive Director Michelle Richards (right) on Thursday, April 21, 2016. The award acknowledges the Company's support and development of minority- and women-owned businesses in Michigan and Indiana. Since 1983, the Company has purchased nearly $53 billion from minority-owned, women-owned and veteran-owned suppliers.

Amy Scott (center), director of product development purchasing – FCA US, accepts the Corporation of the Year award from the Great Lakes Women’s Business Council President Sandra Miller (left) and Executive Director Michelle Richards (right).

Earlier this year, FCA US was named one of America’s top corporations supporting women-owned businesses by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). The Great Lakes Women’s Business Council is WBENC’s local affiliate and partner in the Midwest region. The award is the only national award honoring corporations that promote policies and programs that support the growth and sustainability of women-owned businesses.

FCA US continues to support several organizations that assist Tier 1 suppliers with achieving their minority-owned and women-owned sourcing goals. In addition to the Great Lakes Women’s Business Council and WBENC, these organizations include the National Minority Supplier Development Council, Canadian Aboriginal Minority Supplier Council, WBE Canada and WEConnect International. FCA US also supports veteran-business ownership through membership with the National Veteran-Owned Business Association.

When it comes to diversity and inclusion, our commitment to encouraging diversity is not only vital to our sustainability as a company, but it helps breed innovation and leadership that’s being recognized in more than just automotive circles.

Investment highlights

  • FCA US supplier diversity goals require that 8.5 percent of a Tier 1 supplier’s procurement be sourced to certified minority suppliers. The goal for women-owned suppliers is 3 percent.
  • FCA US itself spent $2.9 billion with approximately 215 minority- and women–owned suppliers in 2015, representing 8 percent of the Company’s total annual purchasing.
  • Since 1983, the Company has purchased nearly $53 billion from minority-owned, women-owned and veteran-owned suppliers