Supplier diversity—when you actively work with a business owned by an underrepresented group—is something people need to talk about that they would rather not discuss. We must talk about it because our communities are naturally diverse; yet, discussing it in the office can be perceived as politicizing a sensitive issue. People are already tiptoeing around specific personal and professional topics and adding more will not make these ideas easier to accept.
Regardless, the conversation has to happen because supplier diversity can only benefit corporate America.
In this episode, we discuss the concept of supplier diversity, its history, and the politicians involved in helping this idea become more than just a thought. We explain how supplier diversity often boosts a company’s reputation and sales. We share why the concept of supplier diversity is still a controversial topic and how we can move forward with it. We describe how offering a risk package can help get you more business, why supplier diversity still isn’t normalized, and what is currently holding it back. We also share the subsequent conversations we should be having after supplier diversity.
Topics discussed in this episode of Breaking Barriers, Building Hire Ground:
- What supplier diversity means and its history.
- The politicians who spearheaded supplier diversity in the US.
- How being pro-diversity can boost a company’s reputation and sales.
- Why some companies find risk in hiring minorities.
- How supplier diversity is a win-win situation from both a buyer and seller perspective.
- The next conversations we should be having for corporate diversity.
- What is currently hurting supplier diversity?
- Why offering a risk package can get more corporate sponsors.
- The best way to avoid offending different groups of people when moving in different spaces.
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