The AMAC Catalyst Awards programme recognises outstanding contributions to promoting participation of minority and women-owned businesses in aerospace-related industries.
The Inclusive Leader Award honours an organisation that has demonstrated diversity-focused practices in procurement and employment.
Stellar’s selection for this award can be attributed to many activities from hiring, to product sourcing, and being highly-engaged with the local business community.
“We are absolutely thrilled that AMAC selected Stellar for the prestigious Inclusive Leader Award," enthused aid Stellar's president and chief operating officer, Padraig Drennan.
"This honour is the result of a shared dedication to all of the people that make up our extensive communities in the various airports where we operate.
“Furthermore, this award pays homage to a growing organisation that was first founded as a woman-owned airport retail company on the premise of workplace diversity and equality; values that we continue to instill throughout our business today.”
Stellar is steeped in a rich history of workplace inclusion dating back to its founding and was a trailblazer for early adoption and certification as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) in 1988 and later as an Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE).
The company continues to favour business policies that create a diverse workplace, demonstrated by an 80% female or minority executive team and a workforce that is 70% women and 69% minorities.
Associates at Stellar are also encouraged to grow within the organisation, resulting in a leadership staff made up of over 50% internally promoted people and a cohesive nationwide team.
In addition to internal workforce development, Stellar supports current and potential business partners through its ACDBE-approved mentor-protégé programme that provides structured mentorship to local companies as they navigate success in travel retail.