Utility recognized for its commitment to veterans and its supplier diversity program
SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--California American Water is pleased to announce being named to the U.S.
Veterans Magazine’s Best of the Best Top Veteran-Friendly Company and
Top Supplier Diversity Programs lists. In addition, the company recently
received the 105 percent Club Award from the U.S. Veterans Business
Alliance. The two coveted distinctions recognize California American
Water’s commitment and efforts to assist veterans and diverse business
“California American Water is honored to receive both these recognitions
for our efforts to hire veterans and our commitment to working with
diverse vendors throughout the state,” said California American Water
President, Rich Svindland. “We are privileged to have individuals in our
company who have sacrificed so much in service of others.”
The company is committed and works tirelessly to include veterans in its
procurement processes. In 2017, 6.5 percent of California American
Water’s procurement spend was with disabled veterans, exceeding the
California Public Utilities Commission’s target of 1.5 percent. In the
same year, California American Water worked with the following prime and
subcontractor disabled veteran businesses. These firms included Aqueous
Vets, Altitude Construction, Business Products Express, Blue Watchdog,
Americal Solutions, Wells Sweeping Company, Sacramento for Tractors, and
11th Aerial & Architectural Photography.
U.S. Veterans Magazine publishes Best of the Best lists annually for
veteran-friendly companies, schools, franchises, supplier diversity
programs, and government and law enforcement agencies by polling
hundreds of Fortune 1000 companies and evaluating their work with
veterans. The Best of the Best lists are compiled from market-based and
independent research, diversity conference participation, and survey
The Best of the Best lists can be viewed by visiting https://www.usveteransmagazine.com/recognition-lists/#1496867702149-acbd49db-b74a.
At the USVBA’s annual Keeping the Promise Conference, state entities
were awarded the 105 percent Club Award. The 105 percent Club Award
recognizes companies that reached more than a 105 percent of Disabled
Veteran Business Enterprise spend in the State of California and has
shown true interest in furthering Veteran entrepreneurship. The USVBA is
a national veteran-led organization that empowers, provides resources
to, and works side-by-side with veterans to promote and support them in
establishing, maintaining and growing viable business enterprises.
California American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK),
provides high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to
more than 690,000 California residents. Information regarding California
American Water’s service areas can be found on the company’s website www.californiaamwater.com.
With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and
most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater
utility company. The company employs more than 6,900 dedicated
professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water,
wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people
in 46 states and Ontario, Canada. American Water provides safe, clean,
affordable and reliable water services to our customers to make sure we
keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit amwater.com
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