The Supplier Diversity Program (SDP) was established in 2010 to promote supplier diversity in public contracting.
The program instituted policies to encourage the award of state contracts in a manner that develops and strengthens and increases business opportunities for Women Business Enterprise (WBE), Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Service-Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (SDVOBE) and Veteran Business Enterprise (VBE).
It is a business program amongst Fortune 1000 companies that encourages the use of privately-held companies owned by historically under-utilized businesses when purchasing goods/ services. The fundamental goal of Supplier Diversity is to include businesses owned by diverse people in the supply chain of Fortune 1000 companies to build wealth within those communities.
A commitment to equal opportunity, diversity, and inclusion is critical for the Federal Government as an employer. By law, the Federal Government’s recruitment policies should “endeavor to achieve a workforce from all segments of society. As the Nation’s largest employer, the Federal Government has a special obligation to lead by example. Attaining a diverse, qualified workforce is one of the cornerstones of the merit-based civil service.