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Supplier Diversity Takes Center Stage

Julie Copeland

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Next week, Arbill will attend and exhibit at the 2015 Women’s Business Enterprise NationalArbill will participate in the nation's largest business opportunity for Women's Business Enterprises (WBEs) next week in Austin, Texas. Council (WBENC) National Conference & Business Fair in Austin, Texas.

As a proud sponsor of this event, Arbill will take part in the nation's largest business opportunity for Women's Business Enterprises (WBEs) and the Corporate and Government Members that use their services. The conference draws more than 3,500 attendees. Among the participants are supplier diversity, procurement and senior executive representatives from the Fortune 1000 and federal government; women business owners and their teams, and strategic partner organizations.

The three-day annual event provides an ideal environment for conference participants to expand business opportunities by participating in workshops, general sessions, Business Fair, Procurement Opportunity Connection one-to-one MatchMaker Meetings, and networking events.

As a Board Member for WBENC and current Chair of WBENC’s Forum, I personally look forward to this exceptional conference. It's an opportunity to connect with business associates and meet so many dynamic professionals. And at this unique and popular venue, Supplier Diversity will take center stage.

Why is Supplier Diversity Important?          

For the same reasons that our customers select us as a woman-owned business, Arbill is committed to utilizing diverse businesses in our supplier base in order to expand opportunities for all segments of society to experience economic progress and competitive advantage. Arbill’s Supplier Diversity Program demonstrates our commitment to continually increase the total dollars and the percentage of total purchases sourced with woman-owned, minority-owned, and small disadvantaged businesses. All personnel associated with our procurement activities are made aware of this policy, and our employees are expected to commit themselves to its implementation through integration into purchasing and distribution strategies, procedures and good faith efforts. Personnel responsible for procurement and contracting operations seek out and promote the competitive participation of diverse businesses.

Our program is designed to complement our commitment to provide outstanding safety solutions to all of our customers and to recognize the important role 2nd tier suppliers have in our continued success. It is Arbill’s policy to identify appropriate opportunities for those vendors and suppliers who meet our standards for excellence. In addition, Arbill maintains a Supplier Diversity Initiative, which is designed to evaluate and promote diversity among our vendors and suppliers.

While ensuring that we receive the highest quality products and services at the most competitive pricing, our programs are founded on the principles of fair and equitable business practices and commitment to the customers we serve. Consequently, we have developed partnerships with organizations and businesses that will strengthen and enhance Arbill’s reputation as a committed partner to our customers.

A dedicated percentage of our spend is with M/WBE organizations. We are entirely committed to identifying a M/WBE supplier for every procurement opportunity. If we are able to identify a M/WBE supplier that is not certified, we assist them in the process in order to support the socio-economic growth of the communities we serve.

As a certified WBE and active member of WBENC, Arbill is continually introduced toArbill is a certified woman-owned business. organizations that can aide our efforts to exceed the diversity requirements of the customers we serve. In addition, we have a long standing relationship and involvement with National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) which enables us to explore even more options for our customers and our needs.  We strive for a measurable percentage of our operating expense to be allocated to resources which fall into these categories. 

Arbill continuously looks for opportunities to engage in partnerships with minority/women-owned suppliers in other areas of our business. It is the goal of our Supplier Diversity Program to continually increase the dollars and the percentage of total purchases sourced with woman-owned, minority-owned and small disadvantaged businesses in order to exhibit a steady growth pattern.

So while in Austin next week, Arbill will certainly take advantage of the largest business opportunity in the country for WBEs. Look for tweets and posts from the annual event.

For more information about Arbill, safety products and Vantage EH&S services and education programs, visit www.Arbill.com or call us at 800.523.5367. 

Have a safe day!

Topics: Diversity

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