Firms sign up to boost supplier diversity

14 January 2008
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14 January 2008 | Jake Kanter

More blue-chip firms have joined forces with Minority Supplier Development UK (MSDUK) to improve links with businesses owned by under-represented groups.

The 11 businesses that have joined the group are Accenture, Computacenter, engine maker Cummins, Dell, GlaxoSmithKline, staffing company GW Premier, automotive supplier Johnson Controls, Mastercard Worldwide, Merrill Lynch, Motorola, and PriceWaterhouseCoopers. This brings MSDUK's number of corporate members to 30.

Mayank Shah, business development director at MSDUK, said in a statement: "This latest increase in corporate membership represents these firms' commitment to supplier diversity within their supply chains. It also reflects the fact that big business is becoming increasingly aware of the opportunities emerging from the ethnic minority businesses sector."

MSDUK links big corporations with ethnic minority suppliers at "Meet the buyer" events. Members are invited to give presentations and offer contracts to minority suppliers from MSDUK's database. According to the group, UK minority firms are believed to have a collective turnover of £90 billion.

Shirley Cooper, procurement and supply chain director at Computacenter, said: "Supplier diversity is something Computacenter is completely committed to, exploring ways of furthering opportunities within the minority business sector."

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