LOUISVILLE, Ky..—Nov. 22, 2021—This week, GE Appliances, a Haier company, became the newest corporate member of the National Veteran Business Development Council (NVBDC).
GE Appliances is committed to supporting the NVBDC Certified Service-Disabled and Veteran-Owned Businesses (SD/VOBs). This includes an ongoing effort to strengthen its outreach to secure SD/VOBs in procurement opportunities.
“The world of supplier diversity is forever evolving here at GE Appliances and having a proactive, creative, and intentional mindset will be key attributes to ensure positive trends in the years to come”, said Kirby Watson, principal program manager for supplier diversity and citizenship.
GE Appliances strives to provide competitive business opportunities for all suppliers, including small, small-disadvantaged, and small, women-owned businesses and has publicly declared its intention to double its diverse supplier spend.
It's part of a long history of corporate citizenship at GE Appliances, which includes investing to build stronger communities, promoting a culture of inclusion & diversity, offering hundreds of Energy Star appliances, and taking steps to help protect the environment.
The company’s volunteer efforts and investments with community partners connect people with the resources they need to be successful and shape the future workforce. Whether they are mentoring students, investing in manufacturing pathway programs, or revitalizing entire neighborhoods, GEA employees show how much they value their communities by sharing their time and their talents.
In 2021, the business published its first Corporate Citizenship Report, outlining its progress as a company and charting a path forward for the future.
“We are filled with excitement, at NVBDC, about the boundless new upcoming opportunities for our Certified Service-Disabled / Veteran Owned Businesses,” said Brigadier General (ret) Dick Miller, President, NVBDC. “NVBDC is always available to answer your questions on how to get certified.”
NVBDC Certified Service-Disabled and Veteran-Owned Businesses can discuss supplier diversity opportunities directly with GE Appliances by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.