Tyson Foods, Inc. has been recognized for its supplier diversity efforts, the company reported today. The company was honored twice at the Third Annual Corporate Executives Minority Business Awards (CEMBA), presented by the Arkansas-Mississippi Minority Business Council (AMMBC). Tyson Chairman John Tyson received the "Corporate Leadership Award of Excellence," which is the most prestigious award presented to an individual by AMMBC.
The honor is given to the corporate executive officer who has exemplified their organization's commitment to the growth of minority business. Tyson Supplier Diversity Manager Heather Chilson won the "Impact Award," which is presented to a corporate buyer, minority program manager, supplier diversity coordinator or purchasing manager who best symbolizes the spirit and intent of minority economic development. This award recognizes the Arkansas or Mississippi company that has excelled in developing and providing opportunities for minority suppliers to partner with their company.
Through the Tyson Supplier Diversity Program, the company offers equal opportunity to all potential suppliers of goods and services. In addition, Tyson tracks procurement with minority-owned firms. Tyson Foods, Inc., founded in 1935 with headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas, is the world's largest processor and marketer of chicken, beef, and pork, the second-largest food production company in the Fortune 500 and a member of the S&P 500. The company produces a wide variety of protein-based and prepared food products and is the recognized market leader in the retail and foodservice markets it serves.