7 Supplier Diversity Challenges, Part I
By Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3
What Are The Challenges Of Using Diverse Suppliers?
As corporate social responsibility becomes more widely discussed, more organizations are asking purchasing departments
to increase supplier diversity spend. But supplier diversity programs have unique challenges.
Challenge #2: Tracking the use of diverse suppliers. There's an old business saying "What gets measured gets
done." So to ensure actual use of diverse suppliers, you need an easy way to determine how much your organization is
spending with them.
In addition, you also must strategize how to handle "double counting" supplier diversity spend. Double counting can occur when doing business with a supplier that qualifies for two or more diversity classifications,such as a supplier that is both a woman-owned business and a minority-owned business. You need to decide whether to pick one of those classifications for reporting purposes in accordance with a hierarchy, divide the spend among the classifications, or report the whole amount in multiple categories.
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