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The Procter & Gamble Company recognized its top-performing external business partners during an awards ceremony October 7 as the conclusion of the P&G Supplier and Agency Summit in Cincinnati, Ohio. The objective of the annual summit is to recognize and celebrate those key contributors who have demonstrated partner excellence. This year more than 350 companies and agencies partners were represented at the awards dinner.
"We need partnerships with retail customers, investors, business partners, agencies and suppliers that are built upon the fundamental idea of improving lives," said Bob McDonald, P&G's chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer.
Among P&G's more than 80,000 suppliers, six received the honor of being named "Supplier of the Year" including:
"We view our suppliers, agencies and external business partners as an extension of our Company and critical to helping us achieve our Company's Purpose of touching and improving the lives of the world's consumers," said Rick Hughes, chief purchasing officer. "We expect the best from our business partners, and we are focused on growing long-term relationships that are sustainable, innovative and create joint value."
In addition to the select few "Supplier of the Year" awards, all companies performing consistently at high levels within P&G's internal performance management system earned Excellence Awards. The 76 external business partners receiving this distinction were:
"Our external business partners bring ideas, technology, creativity, diversity and innovation to our business. I am truly grateful for their commitment and dedication to helping P&G fulfill its Purpose of touching and improving the lives of the world's consumers, now and for generations to come," said McDonald.
About Procter & Gamble
Four billion times a day, P&G brands touch the lives of people around the world. The company has one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including Pampers, Tide, Ariel, Always, Whisper, Pantene, Mach3, Bounty, Dawn, Gain, Pringles, Charmin, Downy, Lenor, Iams, Crest, Oral-B, Duracell, Olay, Head & Shoulders, Wella, Gillette, Braun and Fusion. The P&G community includes approximately 127,000 employees working in about 80 countries worldwide.