Southwire Named Corporate Responsibility Supplier of the Year

CARROLLTON, Ga. — As part of its annual Supplier Excellence Awards program, Duke Energy presented Southwire with the Corporate Responsibility Supplier of the Year Award for 2019, recognizing the organization’s commitment to sustainability and its long history of giving back to the local community.

“We are delighted to receive the Corporate Responsibility Supplier of the Year Award from Duke Energy,” said Lee Peeples, vice president of Sales for Southwire. “At Southwire, we are committed to improving the economic and social conditions of the communities in which we operate, and we believe in reducing our environmental footprint, as demonstrated by our efforts to lower our greenhouse gas emissions, waste to landfill and water intensity.”

At its annual Supplier Exchange Forum, Duke Energy honored three different suppliers for their contributions to its corporate responsibility sourcing strategy, which focuses on safe work practices, local economic impact, supplier diversity and environmental stewardship, with Supplier Excellence Awards for Corporate Responsibility, Supplier Diversity and Environmental, Safety and Health.

According to Melody Birmingham-Byrd, Duke Energy’s chief procurement officer, Southwire’s emphasis on using diverse suppliers while maintaining sustainable business practices makes it a great choice for this year’s Corporate Responsibility Supplier of the Year.

“As one of North America’s largest wire and cable producers, Southwire demonstrates Duke Energy’s shared environmental and community priorities as its business continues to grow,” said Birmingham-Byrd.

Southwire’s history with Duke Energy dates back several decades. The customer and supplier relationship excelled to an Alliance partnership in 1999, and since that time, both businesses have been growing and implementing a number of innovative products to improve reliability, reduce environmental impact and increase productivity by reducing installation time.

“Southwire and Duke Energy both have a culture of innovation and a pursuit of continuous improvement that extends into our communities and the environment,” said John Wirtz, Southwire’s senior vice president of Utility. “This award recognizes our ongoing efforts to give back and provide sustainable solutions, and it encourages us to continue our work in these key areas. We thank Duke for their recognition and support.”

To learn more about Southwire’s commitment to sustainability, including its focus on Growing Green and Giving Back, visit

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