Supreme Group Launches Local First Program for Community Development in Africa

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• Local Management Training to increase Supreme’s African National workforce from current level of 75%. • Local First Program is being launched in Ivory Coast, with plans to expand across Africa.

The first group of managers from the Ivory Coast has completed management training in Supreme's international offices

Supreme is committed to providing employment and career development opportunities in local communities where we operate.

Supreme Group, a global leader in the provision of end-to-end supply chain solutions in challenging environments around the world, has launched a Local First Program in Africa; an initiative designed to enhance community development through the hiring and training of local nationals for management positions within Supreme. The program was launched in the Ivory Coast in May 2013, with plans to expand to more of Supreme’s operations across Africa in future.

A Management Training Program is being implemented to increase the number of African Nationals in Supreme’s workforce, which currently stands at 75 per cent across five countries in Africa. The first group of managers from the Ivory Coast has been recruited and completed management training at Supreme’s international offices. In the next few months, Supreme will be conducting training in other locations so as to enhance the skills and develop the career succession plans of employees.

“Supreme is committed to providing employment and career development opportunities in local communities where we operate. The employment opportunities we provide enable local employees to learn new skills, earn a decent wage, and provide for their families,” said Victoria Frost, Director of Corporate Development, Marketing & Communications, Supreme Group. “This also makes good business sense as we improve the agility and effectiveness of our operations by understanding the local cultures and requirements fluently.”

Supreme’s Local First program was successfully implemented in Afghanistan in 2010, with more than 2,000 Afghan Nationals employed across Supreme’s operations. The Supreme Afghan First Program (SA1P) focuses on community development by creating employment opportunities and sourcing products from local farms and suppliers. Together with its local partners, Supreme is one of the largest private employers of Afghan Nationals in Afghanistan today.

Supreme Group is a leader in the provision of end-to-end supply chain solutions in support of many of the world’s leading organizations, governments and diplomatic missions. The company’s capabilities include procurement, transportation, storage, technology and full site services. For more information, visit http://www.supreme-group.net.

About Supreme Group:

Founded in 1957, Supreme Group is a global leader in the provision of end-to-end supply chain solutions to defense, government, and commercial sector clients around the world. For more than fifty years, the company has provided critical, life-sustaining services that empower clients to accomplish missions in challenging and austere environments.

Supreme offers a unique breadth of capabilities – ranging from procurement, transportation and storage through to technology and full site services. Today, its legacy of proven and trusted performance in challenging environments spans more than fifty years; covering 30 nations across five continents.

Supreme has a long history of supporting international organizations and governments. Its current clients include the United Nations (UN), the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and leading military forces including the US Department of Defense (DoD) and the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD). Over the years, the company has also partnered with many commercial clients.

The Group’s excellent reputation is built on the key strengths of delivering where others cannot; implementing rapid response solutions; and creating fully integrated supply chain solutions.

As a socially responsible organization, Supreme Group strives to maintain the highest standards of ethics and integrity across its operations at all times. It is committed to respecting people and the environment; nurturing community development; implementing sustainable business practices; and giving back to the communities in which it operates.

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