At Sodexo, we consciously build diversity into our supply chain. We proactively align ourselves with underrepresented suppliers, including the LGBTQ community. We forge a diversity of partnerships in the marketplace. These collaborations position us to deliver the best value to our customers and the communities we serve. Our diverse vendors enable us to source a diversity of products and services. And this gives us a competitive edge. When our partners flourish, they spur economic and social growth. This ripple effect is why Sodexo actively seeks out ways to integrate diverse suppliers in our day-to-day business.
While we can’t contract every diverse supplier, we can mentor and work with them to help them grow. We give them the tools to work with large corporations, like ours. We can educate them and provide supply chain resources to help them introduce their competitive offerings to a potential client. We can share important information that will help them in that next request for proposal or request for information.
I invite more corporations to discover this hidden gem that comes with aligning with diverse suppliers. Every corporation is always reviewing and analyzing how to increase their bottom line. Here is a win-win solution.
Get talking about supplier diversity and how being diverse & inclusive is your commitment. Share your efforts within your company, your clients and suppliers. Then take the next crucial step: implement a supplier diversity program. Here’s how:
Start your Supplier Diversity Program:
- Define a policy or statement: This outlines your program, strategy and commitment.
- Implement measurement or metrics: It is important to have metrics in place to ensure you are growing through your purpose or commitment.
- Sign up with third party agencies: Tap into additional resources, such as the Canadian Gay & Lesbian Chamber Commerce, for guidance to help you start your program.
Sodexo has been on this journey for some time, and we are eager to share our experiences. We are a call away.
I invite you to be a leader, be a voice and proactively develop a diverse supply chain.
Supplier Diversity Manager