SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 4, 2005--Washington Mutual, Inc.
(NYSE: WM) has been honored for excellence in creating contracting
opportunities for women-owned business and suppliers by Astra Women's
Business Alliance in association with the Women's Business Enterprise
National Council (WBENC).
The award, presented at a gala dinner in Oakland on Nov. 3, was
prompted by Washington Mutual's nine-year contracting relationship
with Tajima Creative, a strategic design and marketing group that has
worked with Washington Mutual since 1996. Tajima Creative, Washington
Mutual's largest woman-owned supplier was certified as a woman
business enterprise in 2004.
Washington Mutual received the annual "Done Deal Award" for the
more than 200 transactions it has had with Tajima Creative. The award
was created by Astra to showcase corporations who create contracting
opportunities for Astra-certified women business owners.
"We're pleased to be honored for our supplier diversity program
and for fostering an atmosphere of encouragement, cooperation and
achievement for women," said Laura King, vice president, Commodity
Manager in Strategic Sourcing.
Washington Mutual's supplier diversity program has a long-term
goal of awarding 15 percent of supplier-related contract expenses to
businesses that are at least 51 percent owned by minorities, women or
individuals with disabilities.
Last year Washington Mutual was named one of the "Top 10 Companies
for Supplier Diversity" by Diversity Inc. and included in a list of
the "Top 25 Minor Vendor Programs for Latinos" by Hispanic Magazine.
Astra, a third-party certifier of women-owned businesses under the
WBENC standards, providers personal, professional and income
development skills for women business owners in Oregon, Washington,
Idaho, Alaska, Nevada and Northern California.
Established in 1996, Tajima Creative is based in Menlo Park,
Calif. and has offices in Los Angeles and Seattle. It focuses on
creating compelling customer experiences.
With a history dating back to 1889, Washington Mutual is a
retailer of financial services that provides a diversified line of
products and services to consumers and commercial clients. At
September 30, 2005, Washington Mutual and its subsidiaries had assets
of $333.62 billion. Washington Mutual currently operates more than
2,500 retail banking, mortgage lending, commercial banking and
financial services offices throughout the nation. Washington Mutual's
press releases are available at www.wamunewsroom.com.
CONTACT: Washington Mutual
Gary Kishner, 213-217-4006
SOURCE: Washington Mutual, Inc.