WALTHAM, Mass., March 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) is proud to be recognized by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) as one of America's Top Corporations for Women's Business Enterprises (WBEs), the only national award of its kind. Raytheon is one of 45 companies honored for leading supplier diversity programs that integrate WBEs into their supply chains.
WBENC is recognizing Raytheon and others during its Summit & Salute to WBEs event held March 18-20, 2014 in New Orleans, La. This is the 15th annual selection of top corporations to receive this national award.
"Supplier diversity is a competitive advantage and critical component of our integrated, inclusive supply chain," said David Wilkins, vice president, Raytheon Contracts and Supply Chain. "With more than 1,600 women-owned businesses among our trusted suppliers, we are able to leverage some of the most capable vendors within their respective areas to provide our customers with the best value products or services available."
Founded in 1997, WBENC is the nation's leader in women's business development and the leading third-party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women, with more than 12,000 WBENC-Certified WBEs. WBENC certification is accepted by more than 1,000 corporations.
Raytheon Company, with 2013 sales of $24 billion and 63,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, security and civil markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 92 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as cyber security and a broad range of mission support services. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Mass. For more about Raytheon, visit us at www.raytheon.com and follow us on Twitter @Raytheon.
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