Dimensions of Diversity: Equality and Opportunity – The Importance of Supplier Diversity (Podcast) – Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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Diversity and inclusion go beyond the workplace. The most successful companies know that by also creating diversity in their supply chains, they can unleash innovation and agility and improve their ethical credentials. Supplier Diversity is defined as “a proactive business program, which encourages the use of businesses owned by minorities, women, veterans, LGBT, veterans with disabilities, historically underutilized and at the Small Business Administration (SBA) – have defined small businesses as suppliers.”

In this episode of Dimensions of Diversity, host Lloyd Freeman is joined by Dr. Karmetria Dunham Burton, Senior Director, Global Supplier Diversity and Inclusion, McDonalds; Kerry L. Kirkland, Assistant Secretary for Diversity, Inclusion, and Small Business Opportunities, Pennsylvania Department of General Services; and Lee E. Lewis, Jr., director of supplier diversity and inclusion, Highmark Health.

The group discusses supplier diversity best practices, how supplier diversity works to address racial/social injustice, how to remove barriers for minority suppliers, and ways measure the effectiveness of supplier diversity programs.

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