As a certified Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE), Penn Emblem aids its clients in meeting supplier diversity goals. Oftentimes, the companies to which Penn Emblem provides products and services are suppliers to government agencies, and therefore contractually required to source a set percentage of materials or services from woman-owned or minority-owned businesses. Increasingly, it is common practice for Fortune 500 companies to require proof of supplier diversity, such as WBE certification, as part of their Request for Proposal (RFP) process.
Penn Emblem was first certified as a WBE in 2010 by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women in the United States. Companies seeking WBE status must be 51 percent owned, operated and controlled by a woman or women. Penn Emblem re-certifies annually to provide its customers the advantages that WBE status affords. More than 1,000 companies and government agencies accept WBE certification to meet their supplier diversity goals.
Randi Blumenthal-Joseph, president of Penn Emblem Company, is proud of her company’s role in supporting diversity programs. “Our goal is to expand opportunities for our clients that seek partnership with woman-owned businesses,” she said.