04 October 2007
US bank Citi has appointed its first supplier diversity manager for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).
Victoria Hardie, formerly a hardware procurement manager at the firm, is based in London and reports to Gerard Voogt, Citi's regional EMEA procurement director.
She will create a supplier diversity programme to promote opportunities for SMEs owned or staffed by members of under-represented communities. Hardie is working closely with the diversity office in London and other Citi businesses to develop the programme, which will begin by educating internal clients and suppliers on the need for diversity.
Citi's New York office has had a three-strong supplier diversity team for at least five years. When asked why it has taken so long to tackle the matter in EMEA, Hardie said: "In the US, diversity has been driven by legislation and a civil rights agenda. We don't have the same legislation driving it as a business requirement."
Voogt said it was still an "embryonic concept for a lot of organisations" in EMEA.