Posted on November 19, 2012

Oakland: African-American Chamber Names PG&E Top Corporation

OAKLAND – The Oakland African-American Chamber of Commerce has given PG&E a significant honor, naming it as the Corporation of the Year at a ceremony held on Nov. 14.

PG&E was selected for several of its efforts including its continuing and growing use of diverse suppliers as well as the involvement of PG&E’s Corporate Affairs staff based in Oakland.

From left, Bishop Bob Jackson, founder of the Oakland African-American Chamber of Commerce; PG&E’s Alicia Bert; PG&E’s William Harper; and Keith Houston of the Chamber. (Photo by Tom Guarino.)

Nearly 500 leaders from the political, business, faith and general communities in Oakland attended the event held at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Oakland. Bill Harper, PG&E’s vice president of talent management and its chief diversity officer, accepted the award for the utility.

“As a major purchaser of goods and services, PG&E enthusiastically supports the economic health of the diverse communities in which we live and work,” said Harper. “It’s an honor to receive this recognition as we continue our efforts to integrate more African American-owned businesses into our supply chain.”

Bishop Bob Jackson, the founder of the Oakland African-American Chamber, and Keith Houston, its executive director, congratulated Harper and Alicia Bert, a PG&E East Bay government relations manager, at the event.

“PG&E has raised the bar for sustainable business partnerships with African American-owned business enterprises in Oakland,” said Keith Houston, Executive Director of Oakland African American Chamber of Commerce. “Our long standing relationship with PG&E is extraordinarily important in promoting and supporting the advancement and development of African American and minority owned businesses.”

Founded in 2003, the Oakland African-American Chamber of Commerce supports small and minority-owned businesses through events, partnership and advocacy.


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