Chrysler Group LLC receives Corporation of the Year Award by Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce (APACC)

Chrysler Group LLC was recognized as Corporation of the Year from Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce (APACC) held at the 11th annual dinner celebrations last Saturday in Rochester, Michigan. The award was presented to Chrysler for its contribution to the economic advancement of Asian Pacific Americans besides their contribution to maintaining financially sound business relations between the US and Asian based companies.

Chrysler Group has continually been striving for better economic relations in the community. The company was presented this award for their participation in community activities, minority management and minority employment. Ever since 1983 Chrysler Group has purchased more than $45 billion worth of equipment from minority owned suppliers. The company also introduced a program in California which saw augmentation of purchasing from minority suppliers. The company also offers to develop Asian Pacific American businesses and communities and has found mention in DiversityInc Magazine among the list of Top 50 companies for Diversity.

The company was even named in a list of 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers and has been recognized 6 times by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation as the country’s leading companies which support diversity. APACC is an organisation which was founded in the year 2000 and has its headquarters in Rochester Hills, Michigan. It has a Board of Directors consisting of 21 members and is founded with a mission to facilitate business relations among Asian and US based companies to help in the economic development of Asian Pacific Americans.
News Release: Chrysler Group Named “Corporation of the Year” by the Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce

Award cites Company’s contribution to the economic advancement of Asian Pacific Americans

The Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce (APACC) presented Chrysler Group LLC with its Corporation of the Year Award at APACC’s 11th annual dinner celebration Saturday evening in Rochester, Mich.

Chrysler Group received the award for its long history of work “in facilitating resourceful and financially sound business relationships among U.S.- and Asian-based companies and for the Company’s devotion to the economic advancement of Asian Pacific Americans.”

“Chrysler Group values diversity and inclusion throughout our enterprise,” said Sig Huber, Director of Supplier Relations, Chrysler Group LLC, who accepted the award on behalf of the Company. “We are honored to receive this award, as it shows that our continuous efforts in embracing diversity are leading to positive economic outcomes in the community.”

The APACC Corporation of the Year Award was determined by a variety of factors. In particular, Chrysler Group was honored for its participation in community activities, minority management and minority employment. According to APACC, Chrysler Group also has shown progress cultivating Asian Pacific American business and communities through purchases, meaningful referrals and mentorship.

Since 1983, Chrysler has purchased more than $45 billion from certified minority-owned suppliers and its commitment continues to grow. Earlier this month, the Company piloted a program in California that extends its best-practice Matchmaker supplier diversity purchasing program to help improve dealer purchasing from minority suppliers.

“Chrysler Group has demonstrated extraordinary advocacy and support to APACC’s mission,” said Ron Shahani, Chairman and Board Director for APACC. “The Company continues to offer out-of-the- box programs that help to grow and develop Asian Pacific American businesses and communities.”

About Chrysler Group’s Leadership Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
In March 2011, the editors of DiversityInc magazine named Chrysler Group to the magazine’s 2011 list of “Top 50 Companies for Diversity.” This coveted annual benchmark is comprised of companies the magazine’s editors believe are diversity-management leaders. This was the fifth year since the list was established in 2001 that Chrysler has been included.

Chrysler Group was named one of the “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers” by Working Mother magazine 12 times, and has been recognized six times by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation as one of the country’s leading corporations supporting diversity and inclusion. Chrysler Group also has been named to HispanicBusiness magazine’s annual Diversity Elite 60 list for implementing strategies to reach more Hispanic customers and to pursue more business with minority- and Hispanic-owned suppliers.

In December 2011, The Chrysler Foundation provided a $50,000 grant to the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF), the nation’s largest provider of college financial aid for Latino students. The grant supports Hispanic students who pursue a course of study that focuses on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields and continues a longstanding relationship that began in 1986 between The Chrysler Foundation and the HSF. Since that time, HSF has received 25 grants from the Foundation totaling more than $750,000.

Over the years, a long line of Chrysler Group employees have received important professional recognition from various diversity organizations, including Black Engineer of the Year, Women of Color, HENAAC Great Minds in STEM and others, reflecting the Company’s strong commitment to developing its diverse workforce.