Enterprise Supplier Programs & Outreach
We live our values by championing supplier community through connection & experience.
Winner: HCL Technologies
Along with rolling out new policies to enable people with disabilities in APAC countries, HCL is running a “Be Accessible” campaign, fostering a culture of inclusiveness through road shows, digital campaigns and sessions with industry experts. They’ve also partnered with Empauwer – AI for Autism to enhance machine learning and natural language processing capabilities in artificial intelligence, to better adapt for users with autism.
Finalists: Cognizant, Compass Group, Ernst & Young, Evia
Accenture has supported all manner of COVID-19 relief and maintained development partnerships that address complex social, economic and environmental issues in over 100 countries with over 1,900 engagements. In 2022, Accenture’s Day of Service campaign in the Metro D.C. area gathered nearly 2,000 volunteers and participated in 120 service projects.
Finalists: Cognizant, Robert Half/Protiviti, PM Group, Sonata Software
KPMG is pursuing a future that’s rich with representation. In launching The Embark Scholars program, it created a multiyear internship to develop high-performing students of color into KPMG leaders of tomorrow. Through its Accelerate 2025 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion program, KPMG is ensuring that more individuals from underrepresented groups choose KPMG as their employer of choice, build careers at KPMG, and advance to leadership positions within the firm and profession.
Finalists: Haddad & Partners, Mindtree, Slalom, Tek Experts
Last year, euNetworks updated its company values to include the commitment that “We are here to make a positive impact on society and our world,” and it’s living those values. It developed and launched its Construction Carbon Tool to identify carbon hotspots, assess the incremental carbon impact of new projects, and reduce emissions across its whole supply chain. The impact of this tool is significant, as euNetworks operates across 53 cities in 17 countries.
Finalists: Brillio, Infosys, Schneider Electric, United Airlines
Winner (1 of 2): Delightful Communications
Delightful Communications supported Microsoft CMO Chris Capossela’s team with big ideas that showcase their divergent thinking, which is the cornerstone of innovation. Flipping the script from influencers to industry experts is a perfect example of using conventional ideas unconventionally.
Winner (2 of 2): PricewaterhouseCoopers
PWC’s commitment to innovation is bringing ocV!BE to life as a digitally enhanced entertainment experience. This one-of-a-kind, mixed-use, planned community and entertainment destination is using a plethora of IoT technology and AI to create a modern, innovative experience.
Finalists: Click2Cloud, Ernst & Young, Tata Consultancy Services
Winner: Eventcore, EventPoint, Intergen, Pubble, Sound Planning, Wunderman Thompson
Coming together to transform a large-scale, in-person event into a successful end-to-end digital venue experience during the early COVID-19 pandemic, this team embraced a growth mindset, kept collaboration at the core of their efforts, and leveraged each other’s knowledge and experience to deliver an exceptional outcome. The commitment and collaboration shown by these dedicated creative, logistics and execution professionals were truly impressive.
Finalists: AppMeetup/Lions + Tigers, HCL Technologies/Wunderman Thompson, Perfect PlanIt/Premier Events
Winner: Troy Consulting
Troy Consulting champions the cultural awareness and sensitivity critical to supporting key initiatives. Not only does it consistently help onboard other Black suppliers coming into Microsoft, but it also provides coaching for University of Washington’s Foster School of Business, and they’re active with the STARS Program that enables educational support for low income and diverse students earning degrees in engineering.
Finalists: April5Agency, EyeMail, Lucid Consulting, OnPoint Property Management
Winner (1 of 2): Humbition Consulting
Humbition Consulting is 100% minority-, women- and disabled-led, with the bold vision of transforming every corporation to be socially responsible and equitable. Every project it delivers is centered around emotional quotient, while bridging the gap for minorities and women in business through digital solutions. Their methods ensure that all staffed projects bring a balance of holistic viewpoints and diversity of thought.
Winner (2 of 2): Leapley Construction
As one of the only woman-owned general contracting firms in the US, Leapley Construction delivered a showcase campus at Microsoft’s new site, Atlantic Yards, which covers over 500,000 square feet, two towers and 16 floors. Leapley supports the growth and sustainability of other diverse businesses, as over 40% of the project scope was delivered by diverse suppliers. Leapley curated Crafting Futures Together, a six month accelerator program for diverse businesses, many of which were awarded scope on the Atlantic Yards project.
Finalists: ARG Coaching & Consulting Group, Intrinz, Ludia Consulting
Winner: Premier Events
By enhancing and creating inclusive digital experiences with ASL interpreters, audio descriptions and closed captioning in 28 languages — and reaching more than 82K customers and partners — the impact of Premier Event Corp’s work has been felt throughout Microsoft. Its ability to curate digital experiences that highlight thought leadership and customer stories helped introduce Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability.
Finalists: 10up, AppMeetup, Humbition Consulting, Strong Tower Consulting
Winner: Lions + Tigers
Lions + Tigers embraces and encourages learning and staff development — from certifications to workshops to best practice framework to personal 1-on-1 coaching. It also ensures the right people are working on the right jobs with its innovative “Projects on Demand” concept that assembles a “pod” of consultants each specializing in part of a project, deploying the right people at the right time, at a moment’s notice.
Finalists: AnRuiDigital, BDS Connected Solutions, International Financial Group, Nextant
Winner: Tata Consultancy Services
TCS consistently delivers automation solutions that drive time savings and improve accuracy for Microsoft. Its global footprint across industries enables Microsoft to better serve customers, showcasing what it means to focus on strategy, impact, agility and modernization.
Finalists: Allegis, Capgemini, Infosys, Wipro