The Walt Disney Company to Sponsor Hawaii Diversity Committee

Hawaii Minority Supplier Certification (HawaiiMSC) announced today that The Walt Disney Company will become the 2011 sponsor of its Hawaii Minority Business Advisory Committee, which counsels HawaiiMSC on local diverse business development and impact.

“The Walt Disney Company continues to be one of our strongest corporate advocates for Hawaii’s certified ethnic minority businesses,” President Scott A. Vowels said. “I’m pleased that Disney has stepped forward to support the activities of our Hawaii Minority Business Advisory Committee, which is designed to keep HawaiiMSC’s vision aligned with the best interests of our local Minority-owned Business Enterprise community. We have exciting initiatives and programs planned for 2011, and with The Walt Disney Company’s support we’ll make powerful inroads in connecting local businesses with Corporate America, Tier 2 contractors, and each other.”

Since August 2009, HawaiiMSC and The Walt Disney Company have partnered to host local Minority-owned Business Enterprise (MBE) trainings around ethnic minority certification, corporate supplier diversity and procurement processes, and preparing to do business with corporate America. Additionally, they have offered events introducing upcoming business opportunities at their first resort in Hawaii, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawai’i, and have detailed the process for Hawaii’s certified MBEs to become included in Disney’s procurement chain. The Walt Disney Company strives to utilize local businesses and regional suppliers as well as those with a global reach. Disney Sourcing Professionals are committed to ensure that the diversity in its communities and clients is reflected in its supply base.

“Disney is proud to partner with HawaiiMSC and to be a sponsor for the 2011 Hawaii Minority Business Advisory Committee,” said Djuan Rivers, vice president, Disney Vacation Club and Resort, Hawaii. “One of our goals during the building process and beyond is to support local, minority owned businesses. We are confident that Disney’s sponsorship of the Hawaii Minority Business Advisory Committee will help further our efforts in this important area as we prepare to open the first Disney resort in Hawaii.”

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