Everest Discovery is excited to share it has once again affirmed its commitment to diversity by successfully earning recertification from three prestigious programs: Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE), Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) and the Supplier Clearinghouse.
The Importance of Maintaining Certifications
Obtaining certifications from the reputable organizations behind these programs is an ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusivity for Everest Discovery. These certifications serve as a testament to the company’s dedication to promoting diversity in the workplace and engaging in supplier diversity initiatives. Renewing certifications signals a continued devotion to meeting and exceeding the standards set by these organizations, demonstrating that Everest Discovery actively fosters an environment where diverse perspectives are valued and integrated into its operations.
Recertification also showcases Everest Discovery’s consistency and growth as a diverse supplier. It reinforces the company as a partner that prioritizes diversity and seeks socially responsible business relationships.
Commitment to Diversity
At Everest Discovery, diversity is not just a buzzword but a guiding principle that shapes our organizational culture, business practices and community engagement. We firmly believe that diversity is the cornerstone of innovation and that embracing varied perspectives enriches decision-making processes. We foster an inclusive environment where all employees, clients and partners feel respected, valued and empowered to succeed.
The Advantages of Certification
- Building Trust with Clients and Partners: Certification validates Everest Discovery’s diversity standards and fosters trust among clients and partners who prioritize diversity and inclusion in their supply chain. It demonstrates a level of credibility and accountability that can lead to stronger, long-lasting business relationships.
- Networking and Collaborations: Certifications open the door to networking events, conferences and matchmaking opportunities specifically geared toward connecting diverse businesses with corporations seeking diverse suppliers. The collaborations that can come from these events can fuel growth and innovation.
- Compliance with Supplier Diversity Goals: Many corporations and government agencies have set supplier diversity goals and mandates to work with diverse businesses. Being certified aligns Everest Discovery with these goals, increasing the likelihood of being considered for contracts and projects.
- Access to New Business Opportunities: Being certified by WBE, WOSB and the Supplier Clearinghouse gives Everest Discovery increased visibility in supplier diversity databases and directories of like-minded corporations and government entities committed to supplier diversity, which often turn to these databases to identify potential partners, giving Everest Discovery a competitive advantage in the marketplace.
To achieve these certifications a company must have, at a minimum, a 51% women ownership status. That woman or women must also be active in business operations. With Sue Pellegrino serving as our president and CFO and having a very active role in the day-to-day operations, Everest meets these requirements.
Continuing to go through the process to receive these certifications underscores the company’s sustained commitment to meet and exceed industry expectations and regulations, assuring customers and partners of its reliability and competence. In addition, it gives the company increased opportunities. The federal government has a goal to award at least 5% of all federal contracting dollars to WOSB Certified businesses each year. This makes having this designation an important tool for increased consideration and potential business.
Certifications symbolize an ongoing journey toward inclusivity, openness and equal opportunity. Everest Discovery is proud to maintain these certifications, and we remain dedicated to promoting diversity, both within our organization and across the broader business landscape.