Purchasing

Supplier Diversity Program

As part of the University’s commitment to support minority and small business enterprises, the University Purchasing Office in collaboration with the Office of Equity,  Diversity & Community Engagement has established a Supplier Diversity Program. The purpose of the program is to ensure that suppliers who are State of Ohio certified as a MBE (minority business enterprise) or EDGE (encouraging diversity, growth and equity) are given opportunities for goods, service and construction contracts with the University. 

The University is committed to the inclusion of minority businesses as an integral part of its supply chain management efforts.  Purchasing consistently is searching for suppliers that offer competitive prices and quality items and services that meet the needs of our campus community. Through our Supplier Diversity program, the University recognizes its responsibility to the communities we serve, and the society in which we conduct our business.  The inclusion of minority suppliers is a function of our normal purchasing and supply chain management process.  No potential supplier will be precluded from consideration based on race, color, religion, sex, age or national origin.

 


President’s Message on Supplier Diversity
(as transcribed from Presidents “Thoughts on Diversity at UT video)
 “…I am particularly interested in our diversity programs related to purchasing and related to construction contracts. 
I believe that the economic impact those kinds of programs have great strength and leverage other programs.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Mission - to provide opportunities for minority and small disadvantaged businesses within our community and surrounding areas to grow and prosper which will have a positive impact on economic growth for the region.

 

 

 

 

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Last Updated: 6/26/15