22 January 2007 | Paul Snell
US computer manufacturer Dell is aiming to boost its business with increased use of minority suppliers.
It told suppliers and purchasers at a diversity summit last week that it would launch its "direct talk" programme later in the year, aimed at allowing minority businesses better access to the Dell procurement process. Under the programme, minority businesses will meet frequently with the company to discuss opportunities to provide its supplies. The firm told conference delegates that partnerships with diverse businesses were needed to encourage economic growth.
Kevin Rollins, CEO of Dell, said: "Dell is committed to increasing opportunities for small, women-owned and minority-owned business enterprises. We believe that by doing so we're not only able to support these growing companies, but in addition we're able to contribute meaningfully to the economic growth of the communities we serve."
Last year Dell was ranked second in a Diversity Business poll of the top 50 US companies that offer access to diverse businesses. Car manufacturer Toyota also recently announced plans to increase the amount of money they spend with minority businesses (News, 14 December).