Over the years, I’ve enjoyed watching how supplier diversity has changed – the types of suppliers being included and excluded from consideration.

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I recently learned from Supply Management Magazine that UPS has added a new classification to their supplier diversity program: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and/or Transgender owned Business Enterprise (LGBTBE). You can see their full list of diverse supplier classifications on their Web site.

Historically, supplier diversity programs were created to level the playing field after decades of discrimination left certain ethnic groups at a disadvantage. Today, as I’ve stated before (and have been debated on), is that supplier diversity programs are being used for companies to create more appeal to their diverse customer base.

The question I have for you is this: do you think UPS’ new LGBTBE classification is more aimed at (a) compensating for societal discrimination of the past or (b) appealing to a diverse customer base?

Oh, and how the h*ck do you audit sexual orientation? If this type of classification becomes more widely adopted, will business owners try to cheat by claiming a false sexuality the way suppliers have tried to cheat as described in the podcast “Supplier Diversity Challenges?”

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Charles Dominick, SPSM
President & Chief Procurement Officer
Next Level Purchasing, Inc.
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Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3

Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3 is an internationally-recognized business expert, legendary procurement thought leader, award-winning entrepreneur, and provocative blogger. Charles founded the Next Level Purchasing Association in 2000, oversaw its incredible growth, and successfully led the organization to its acquisition by the Certitrek Group in 2016. He continues to blog and provide advisory services for the NLPA on a part-time basis as he incubates his upcoming business innovations. Charles is also the co-author of the wildly popular, groundbreaking book, "The Procurement Game Plan: Winning Strategies & Techniques For Supply Management Professionals."

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