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Supplier Diversity Blog by supplier.io

How to Find Diverse Suppliers During the COVID-19 Pandemic

As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to impact every part of our lives, anticipating and resolving supply chain obstacles has become more critical than ever. 

Diverse suppliers could be a solution for companies seeking to fill supply chain gaps or find innovative ways to meet emerging needs. 

But with so much of our “business as usual” disrupted, many supplier diversity professionals are wondering how to find diverse suppliers during COVID-19. The usual routes of discovery—primarily industry conferences and business expos—are not accessible during this time of social distancing.

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What Makes a Good Diverse Supplier and How Can You Evaluate Suppliers?

A business is only as good as its supply chain, and a supplier diversity program is only as good as the diverse suppliers it identifies and brings into that supply chain.

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10 Reasons to Invest in a Supplier Development Program

This blog was originally published on 3/13/2019 and updated on 12/10/2019. 

As more companies grow savvy to the benefits of cultivating a diverse supplier base, supplier diversity programs have grown in popularity and in number. For a supplier diversity program to succeed long term, however, it needs to have a sustainable growth strategy—and that’s where supplier development programs offer a strategic advantage.

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The State of Supplier Diversity in Europe



Although the history of supplier diversity legislation can be traced back to the United States during the civil rights movement, diverse procurement initiatives have since been adopted by a variety of Western nations. Building on the framework established by the U.S., European countries have made impressive strides with regard to diverse procurement practices. On its most recent list of the top 15 companies for supplier diversity, DiversityInc named two U.K.-based companies: Ernst & Young (EY) and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Below, we’ve outlined the brief history of supplier diversity in Europe and where these initiatives stand today.

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Best Practices in Supplier Development

Have you been thinking about establishing a supplier development program, but don't know where to start? Is your supplier development program not quite delivering on your goals?

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