Supplier Intelligence

Top 4 Supplier Diversity Events to Attend in 2017

Diverse suppliers wear many hats to keep ahead of the curve of maintaining and winning business. One of them is networking, a key means for staying attuned to opportunities, trends, and decision-makers. Fortunately, the supplier diversity industry stages many events each year to do just that in the form of conferences, exhibitions, and meetings. If you’re planning an itinerary in 2017, here are four national events we can recommend for your list:

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Where Is Supplier Diversity Heading?

The U.S. Census Bureau projects that by 2045, there will no longer be a majority racial demographic in the United States. We already see that reflected in changing consumer demographics, but what does that mean for the supply chain?

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What is the Federal Acquisition Regulation? And Why Is Being FAR Compliant Important?

In May 2016, the Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) issued a Final Rule to add a new subpart and contract clause (52.204-21) to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) “for the basic safeguarding of contractor information systems that process, store, or transmit Federal contract information.”

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Why Diverse Supplier Relationships Matter to You

Author Terry J. Soto has a theory about diversity and why it can be a “win-win” for organizations.

Soto heads About Marketing Solutions, Inc., a consulting firm in Burbank, California, and is author of Marketing to Hispanics: A Strategic Approach to Assessing and Planning Your Initiative and co-author of Grow With America – Best Practices in Ethnic Marketing and Merchandising.

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Chief Diversity Officers: Still Relevant to Supplier Diversity?


In 2012, a Wall Street Journal article cited a study that found that approximately 60 percent of Fortune 500 companies had a Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) or an executive role designated with overseeing diversity within the organization. While most of the discussion about the role of CDOs revolves around attracting and retaining minority talent, a CDO can and should be involved with supplier diversity as well.

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For over a decade CVM's mission has remained unchanged, to lead the transformation of Supplier Diversity program management and to support Supplier Diversity programs. CVM helps corporate supplier diversity programs in every stage of their evolution; from those that are just getting started, to the most advanced, world-class programs. Equipped with unparalleled data intelligence, superior technology and expertise guidance, businesses can effectively establish and advance their Supplier Diversity initiatives.