C.H. Robinson Honored as Diverse Supplier

The Houston Minority Supplier Development Council (HMSDC) honored C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. with the Emerging Prime Supplier Award at HMSDC’s EXPO 2010.  C.H. Robinson was nominated for the award by ConocoPhillips.

The Emerging Prime Supplier Award is presented annually to the prime supplier who has best met their customers’ second tier requirements judged on the basis of commitment, innovation and expenditure with Minority Business Enterprises.

“C.H. Robinson is proud to be recognized for supporting ConocoPhillips’ supplier diversity initiatives.  Supporting small and diverse companies helps strengthen the motor carrier community, fosters innovation, and reflects the goals and values of our employees and customers,” said Mark Walker, senior vice president of C.H. Robinson.

C. H. Robinson contributes to its customers’ supplier diversity programs by reporting on secondary transportation spending with both certified and uncertified (self-reporting) transportation companies.  With access to over 14,000 tier 2 carriers, C.H. Robinson has spent over $1 billion on their services through the first three quarters of 2010.

Supplier diversity is a priority for many shippers and C.H. Robinson works with them to meet their goals and objectives which include assisting their minority business development efforts, supporting the carriers within their network and reporting their diversity spend.

“Diverse supplier inclusion is important to ConocoPhillips and we congratulate C.H. Robinson, winner of the Houston Minority Supplier Development Council’s 2010 Emerging Prime Supplier of the Year Award that acknowledges commitment to diverse supplier inclusion,” said Hubert Jones, Director of Supplier Diversity for ConocoPhillips.

With the largest contract motor carrier base of its kind, C.H. Robinson is in a unique position to not only help shippers meet their supplier diversity goals, but also support diverse carriers to be more successful.  C.H. Robinson aids the carrier community by working with self-reporting diverse carriers to help them become certified and promoting the benefits of certification to the diverse carriers within its contract carrier base.  In addition, C.H. Robinson attends various local and national conferences to educate contract carriers about their supplier diversity program, welcome them into the program, support customers’ supplier diversity programs and co-host minority carrier forums.


Founded in 1905, C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc., is a global provider of multimodal logistics services, fresh produce sourcing, and information services to 35,000 customers through a network of more than 230 offices and approximately 7,500 employees around the world. The company works with 47,000 transportation providers worldwide. C.H. Robinson is a Fortune 500 company and had annual revenues of $7.6 billion in 2009.

Through the company and its Foundation, C.H. Robinson and its employees contribute millions of dollars annually to a variety of organizations, including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Community Health Charities, the American Cancer Society, the American Logistics Aid Network, Children’s Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota, Sustainable Harvest International, and the United Way. The company is headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, and has been publicly traded on the Nasdaq since 1997. For more information about C.H. Robinson, visit http://www.chrobinson.com/.

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