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The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) recognized its top performing external business partners at its annual External Business Partner Recognition Dinner. Nearly 80 top suppliers and agencies attended the annual event to recognize and celebrate key contributors who have demonstrated partner excellence.
Speaking at the event, A.G. Lafley, P&G’s chairman, president and CEO, said, "For P&G, the primary drivers of growth and value creation are innovation and productivity. P&G’s external business partners help us deliver both, creating value for consumers, customers and shareholders alike."
Lafley added that the collective capabilities of the companies and individuals in P&G’s global partner network offered a powerful competitive advantage. During his presentation, he highlighted the contributions from a number of external business partners helping P&G innovate across its global supply chain.
Additionally, P&G global product supply officer Yannis Skoufalos, said, “Product supply works hand-in-hand with our supply chain partners, exploring every aspect to innovate, drive out costs, and serve our customers and consumers better. When we collaborate with our supply chain partners, we create consumer value and competitive advantage for P&G.”
Among P&G’s more than 82,000 suppliers and agencies, 15 received the highest honor of being named “External Business Partner of the Year” including:
*These four companies were named External Business Partner of the Year in 2012 as well.
“I congratulate all of our award winners, especially those who were recognized as [an] External Business Partner of the Year,” said Rick Hughes, chief purchasing officer for P&G. "Our external business partners are a critical part of the P&G team and a true competitive advantage."
In addition to the select few External Business Partner of the Year awards, a number of companies received Excellence Awards for consistent high performance. For P&G's beauty-related business, that included Arkay Packaging, Asanuma Corporation, BASF, Brandzeichen–DACH MDO Beauty, Encapsys, Firmenich, International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (IFF), Novozymes, Quality Associates, Inc., Rising Display Products (Zhongshan) Co., Ltd., Ronchi Mario S.p.A, ZRP Printing Group Ltd. and many more. (Click here to see a full list of winners.)
Thirty-six of this year’s Excellence Award winners were also winners in 2012. P&G works with all business partners to reach excellence levels, and therefore there is no limit on the number of excellence awards that can be achieved.