Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE) received the Airports Council International-North America's (ACI-NA) Inclusion Champion Award on Saturday.
The ACI-NA Inclusion Champion Awards provide a rare opportunity for the airport industry to acknowledge innovative and sustainable practices of a large, medium and small airport, as well as an associate that demonstrates commitment to diversity in airport business contracting, work-force inclusion and management development in the airport industry.
“North American airports and our associate members are dedicated to celebrating diversity and promoting inclusion,” ACI-NA President and CEO Kevin Burke said. “The recipients of our Inclusion Champions Awards have truly demonstrated their commitment to advancing business and workplace diversity.”
Columbia Metropolitan Airport was recognized for its attempts to re-focus its diversity initiatives and the development of an engagement cycle to help put Disadvantaged Business Enterprises on an equal footing with larger companies. Since the initiative’s launch in 2010, CAE has boosted small, minority- and female-owned business participation from 9 percent to more than 30 percent.
The airport’s commitment to work-force diversity has caused an increase in both minority and female personnel.
Additional 2015 recipients include Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority as the Medium Hub Inclusion Champion winner, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport as the Large Hub Inclusion Champion and Hudson Group as the Associate Inclusion Champion.