23 April 2010 | Nick Martindale
Communications company Motorola has pledged to increase the number of its suppliers owned by minority groups and women.
In its corporate responsibility report, the business said it had set goals to increase the proportion of procurement spend with diverse businesses.
The report said: “We recognise that supplier diversity promotes innovation and creativity and allows us to meet the needs of customers and consumers around the world.”
Motorola pledged to work with individual companies in the US, where it faces requirements from the government and its customers to source from a diverse range of suppliers, and with local diversity organisations such as the National Minority Supplier Development Council elsewhere.
It added it had spent more than $2.1 billion (£1.4 billion) with a diverse range of suppliers in India, China, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa and the US since the start of 2004.
The organisation also said it had carried out 40 supplier audits in 2009 to ensure they complied with its labour and environmental requirements, and held six training sessions for 165 suppliers in China, Israel, Singapore and Taiwan to help firms establish their own programmes.
Motorola is currently co-leader of the Global e-Sustainability Initiative, an industry collaboration that aims to help suppliers develop their social and environmental performance.