Category Archives: Supplier Diversity

Kaiser Permanente Stepping Up Its Commitment To Workplace Inclusiveness and Supplier Diversity

The company’s actions – which will include a $60 million joint investment with LISC and $40M in grant funding – will support more than 2,000 Black-owned businesses and businesses owned by other underrepresented individuals, and address deeply entrenched structural racism and the trauma and economic inequity it creates

Kaiser Permanente, the United State’s largest integrated health system, announced a series of actions –- including $60 million in joint investments and $40 million in grant funding –- to address systemic racism and lack of economic opportunities that have persisted for far too long and prevented communities of color, and especially Black communities, from achieving total health. This announcement comes as Kaiser Permanente deepens its 75-year commitment to equity and inclusion and sends a clear message that the organization stands with those who are fighting for equity and social justice.

“The tragic murder of George Floyd and so many others has reverberated around the world, pushing us to demand overdue change to a status quo that keeps communities of color in the margins and holds us all back as a society,” said Greg A. Adams, chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente. “As a country, this is a moment to define who we are and what we stand for. We must take strong action to stop the physical, psychological, economic and social impacts of inequity and systemic racism so that we can create healthier communities where everybody, regardless of their skin color, can feel safe and thrive.”

Support for businesses led by Black and other underrepresented communities

As a critical step toward supporting communities in overcoming systemic and structural disadvantages, Kaiser Permanente will provide support to more than 2,000 businesses owned by Black and other underrepresented people across the country. Communities of color are disproportionately impacted by a lack of economic opportunity, living under sustained financial strain that creates multiple barriers to good health. The health crisis and economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic are hitting low-income and communities of color – particularly Black communities – disproportionately hard, threatening to widen the health equity gap in even further.

To support businesses led by Black and other underrepresented individuals, Kaiser Permanente and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), the nation’s largest community development organization, have launched a $60 million investment partnership to strengthen businesses in the wake of COVID-19. The partnership will provide business loans of $100,000 to $4 million. Kaiser Permanente is also designating $15 million in grant dollars to increase access to formal training, business networks, and recovery and growth capital to help businesses led by Black and other underrepresented groups overcome systemic economic disadvantage. Pacific Community Ventures and the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) – two organizations with expertise in the needs of these small-businesses owners – will be initial partners in this work.

“All across the country, we can see that health and wealth are inextricably linked. Creating pathways for people to get back to work in quality jobs, and for small businesses to get on solid ground and grow, is so important for the well-being of the nation at large,” said Maurice A. Jones, LISC president and CEO. “This new partnership with Kaiser Permanente not only helps small businesses sustain their operations during the pandemic, but it also looks to the future— strengthening the economic infrastructure of our communities so that families and businesses can thrive.”

Grassroots efforts to end systemic racism and break cycles of trauma

Kaiser Permanente also announced actions to help end systemic racism and break the cycles of trauma and chronic stress that contribute to poor health outcomes.

Kaiser Permanente was one of the first health care organizations to recognize the link between trauma and health through the landmark adverse childhood events, or ACEs, study it conducted along with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Today it is understood that traumatic childhood events – which include systemic racism as well as abuse, neglect and household dysfunction – are associated with a long-lasting, exaggerated chronic stress response that has been linked to chronic health conditions, including an increase in mental health issues. Previous studies have indicated that those with 4 or more ACEs are 12 times more likely to attempt suicide and those with 6 or more ACEs have a 20-year shorter life expectancy. Research has also shown that Black people experience 11 percent more ACEs than white people at all income levels.

Kaiser Permanente is designating an additional $25 million in grants to build upon its work to address ACEs and trauma and to support grassroots efforts to end systemic racism. In the coming weeks, Kaiser Permanente will solicit proposals from community based organizations, particularly those that are led or governed by Black people or other people of color, that are focused on dismantling discriminatory institutional practices and structures and/or on promoting healing from chronic stress, trauma and grief that stems from systemic racism and social injustice.

Commitments to workplace inclusiveness and supplier diversity

Kaiser Permanente is also stepping up its commitment to workplace inclusiveness and supplier diversity. This internal work will build upon the organization’s existing commitment to the Billion Dollar Roundtable and related efforts to spend almost $2 billion per year on women-, LGBTQ+-, veteran-, individuals of color-, and individuals with disabilities-owned enterprises. Efforts to improve workplace inclusiveness will take the shape of a workforce equity analysis to identify improvement areas and redesign core talent programs to reflect inclusion; adopting science-based strategies to further remove bias and racial inequities from the employee and physician experience; and an accelerated approach to health equity through a new advisory board.

About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 12.4 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. https://about.kaiserpermanente.org

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AT&T On Track To Meet $3B Spending Commitment with Black-Owned Businesses

AT&T (NYSE:T) has announced that they are on track to meet their commitment to spend $3 billion with U.S. Black-owned suppliers by the end of this year. As of June 26, 2020, they are nearly 90 percent of the way there.

Our AT&T Supplier Diversity team remains dedicated to making a significant economic impact in the Black business community. Starting in 1968 working with the Chicago Urban League and the Chicago Economic Development Corporation, we’ve sustained our commitment of spending with Black-owned businesses for nearly 52 years.

We’re committed to equality and non-discrimination for all. We’re using our voice, and that of our employees and our customers, to drive impactful and lasting change in our workplaces and communities.

Today, we have Black-owned businesses in many areas of our supply chain. Our goal is within reach as we seek out Black-owned businesses in the areas of technology development, construction and engineering, legal and professional services, emerging technologies among others. Our commitment will continue beyond 2020, not only to generate revenue for Black-owned businesses but to also create jobs and economic impact for their communities.

“Our commitment to ensuring that Black-owned businesses and other diverse businesses have the opportunity to work with AT&T is longstanding, sustainable and unwavering. Our commitment to these suppliers will continue beyond 2020; these are not short-term commitments,” said Susan A. Johnson, executive vice president – Global Connections & Supply Chain, AT&T. “We will continue to work closely with all suppliers to foster economic growth and innovation within the communities we serve.”

One of those firms is Overland-Tandberg. The company stepped up to provide critical personal protective equipment for our international workforce within a 3-week window.

“The COVID-19 pandemic created significant challenges for many businesses and their supply chains,” said Eric Kelly, Chairman and CEO of Overland-Tandberg, a global technology company headquartered in San Ramon, CA. “Our ability to provide innovative business continuity solutions to customers in over 90 countries for 40 years put Overland-Tandberg in a unique position to assist AT&T. Our shared philosophy and commitment with AT&T enabled us to pivot and ensure the resources were available to meet AT&T’s worldwide requirements. We’re proud that we could help AT&T manage and protect their workforce and customers.”

AT&T recognizes the value of Black-owned businesses and will continue to be focused and intentional to contribute to economic equality and provide sustainable opportunities for the Black community. We remain committed more than ever.

Learn more about AT&T’s Supplier Diversity program at attsupplierdiversity.com.

AT&T Communications is part of AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T). Learn more at att.com/CommunicationsNews.

Source: AT&T Communications



Vanderbilt Joins WBENC and MSDC to Improve Its Supplier Diversity

Vanderbilt University, a private research university located in Nashville, Tennessee (founded in 1873),  has partnered with the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and the TriState Minority Supplier Development Council (TSMSDC) to improve its engagement with diverse suppliers.

WBENC will provide Vanderbilt with access to almost 16,000 certified women-owned enterprises to help fulfill their contracting needs.

The TSMSDC, one of 23 regional affiliate councils under the National Minority Supplier Development Council, will help identify minority suppliers that can supply goods and/or services for the university.

“Being intentional about integrating our values of equity, diversity and inclusion into all that we do, including our supply chain, will set our university and our community on a path to collective success,” said André Churchwell, Vanderbilt University’s interim vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer.

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Aramark Announces Programs to Bolster Supply Chain Diversity

Partnership with Certify My Company and New Mentoring Initiatives are Designed to Enhance Supplier Diversity Opportunities

PHILADELPHIA–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Aramark, the leading U.S.-based food service provider, has announced a partnership with Certify My Company, to assist self-classified suppliers in obtaining third-party diversity certifications.

The partnership furthers Aramark’s commitment to increase overall spend with small and diverse suppliers to 25 percent by 2025. Aramark’s robust supply chain already includes more than 6,000 small or diverse suppliers, about 18 percent of which are third-party certified as diverse. A diverse business is generally defined as one that is 51 percent owned and controlled by women, ethnic minorities, veterans, LGBTQ, or disabled person(s).

By working with Certify My Company, which provides certification assistance to diverse business owners by guiding and assisting them through the comprehensive process of becoming certified, Aramark will be able to identify and engage with even more certified suppliers.

“We believe our supplier base should reflect the diversity of our employees, clients and customers,” said Autumn Bayles, Vice President of Global Supply Chain at Aramark. “Partnering with local, small and diverse suppliers drives economic impact, delivers valuable insight into local market trends and helps us supply products and services that are culturally relevant for our consumers.”

Last year, Aramark’s supplier diversity initiatives supported more than 14,000 jobs across the United States, for a total economic impact of $1.9 billion.

“Aramark has done an outstanding job demonstrating their support and appreciation of diverse businesses and third-party certification,” said Heather Cox, Co-Founder and President of Certify My Company. “Aramark is a leader in recognizing the direct and indirect benefits of supplier diversity, diversity certification and of course the diverse suppliers themselves.”

In addition to partnering with Certify My CompanyAramark will sponsor Centers of Excellence (COE) programs through regional affiliates of the National Minority Supplier Development Council, like the Eastern Minority Supplier Development Council (EMSDC), who certify and match minority-owned businesses with local member corporations. The COE programs will promote supplier diversity best practices, knowledge-sharing and procurement opportunities for minority businesses of all sizes, and will provide Aramark team members, specifically those in Aramark’s Employee Resources Groups, with opportunities to mentor emerging Minority Business Enterprises.

As part of its expansive supplier diversity outreach and engagement efforts, Aramark is a member of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NSMDC), Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and Disability:IN.

To learn about how Aramark is growing with small, local and diverse suppliers, please visit the Nourish Blog. For more information on Aramark’s sustainability plan, visit www.aramark.com/sustainability, or join the conversation on social media, #AramarkBeWellDoWell.


About Aramark: Aramark (NYSE: ARMK) proudly serves the world’s leading educational institutions, Fortune 500 companies, world champion sports teams, prominent healthcare providers, iconic destinations and cultural attractions, and numerous municipalities in 19 countries around the world. Our 280,000 team members deliver innovative experiences and services in food, facilities management and uniforms to millions of people every day. We strive to create a better world by making a positive impact on people and the planet, including commitments to engage our employees; empower healthy consumers; build local communities; source ethically, inclusively and responsibly; operate efficiently; and reduce waste. Aramark is recognized as a Best Place to Work by the Human Rights Campaign (LGBTQ), DiversityInc, Black Enterprise and the Disability Equality Index. Learn more at www.aramark.com or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

Erin Noss (215) 409-7403 Noss-erin@aramark.com

Source: Aramark