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25 Major Corporate Supplier Diversity Programs across the country

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by ConnXus on January 28, 2013

Supplier Diversity Programs are becoming a huge part of how major corporations do business. Companies like Xerox, WalMart, Time Warner, Sears and IBM have their own supplier diversity programs designed to connect these giants with top-notch diverse suppliers.

These companies know it’s smart to do business with qualified diverse suppliers because these smaller businesses are more nimble, faster and efficient than a large corporation. The smaller guy or gal can respond quickly, and keep their corporate buyers in touch with needs related to the growing purchasing power of the multi-cultural consumer market.

These supplier diversity programs have an interest in their supplier’s prosperity too. A major component of a successful supplier diversity program is small business development.

Here’s an example of that from Time Warner’s Supplier Diversity program:

The Supplier Diversity program is a mutually beneficial effort for Time Warner and diverse businesses. As Time Warner prospers, our goal is that these businesses will expand and prosper too.

We measure the success of Time Warner Supplier Diversity program efforts not only by the size of our dollar commitment to diverse vendors, but also by the general benefits of our employees’ commitment to help develop successful businesses.

At ConnXus we work every day to connect our buyer and supplier members through specific job opportunities.

Today we want to share an even wider view of what’s out there. Take a look at these 25 Corporate Supplier Diversity programs.

Archer Daniels Midland Company
Bristol-Myers Squibb
Duke Energy
General Mills
Key Bank
Mayo Clinic
Procter & Gamble
Time Warner
U.S. Bank
U.S. Cellular

ConnXus helps grow small, woman- and minority-owned businesses by connecting them to Fortune 2000 corporations seeking a competitive edge through supplier diversity. Learn more at

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Rod Robinson

The ConnXion Point is the blog for, an online service connecting small, minority- and woman-owned businesses with companies seeking to hire diverse suppliers.

I'm Rod Robinson, founder and chief connector of I've spent 15 years in the procurement business as a minority business owner, company procurement officer and industry consultant.

The ConnXion Point will focus on issues, events and news about procurement and supplier diversity. So, whether you're purchasing or selling, we'll have information you can use. We also hope to facilitate a healthy, respectful exchange of viewpoints on issues surrounding supplier diversity and procurement.

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