At Verizon, our supplier diversity program promotes an inclusive business environment including small businesses, small-disadvantaged businesses, minority, women, veteran and service-disabled veteran owned-businesses. There is an entire team committed to utilizing diverse suppliers throughout the sourcing and supply chain process. We leverage our diverse suppliers to ensure our customer base mirrors our supply base. This means when one of Verizon’s business groups need the services of outside experts and/or suppliers, small businesses have the same opportunities as larger businesses to submit a proposal.
Since 1984, the Verizon Supplier Diversity program was charged with the mission to drive the growth of working with diverse businesses and identify certified diverse suppliers, while building sustainable value-added business partnerships.
We have implemented several key initiatives to propel our mission, such as encouraging multi-tier sourcing, mentoring small businesses and diverse suppliers, and helping to connect small and diverse suppliers with large and majority-owned suppliers.
Our supplier selection criteria include the following:
Verizon’s Donna W. Erhardt, director of sourcing and supplier diversity received the 2011 Executive Advocate of the Year Award for her outstanding support of diverse suppliers. The criteria for the award was as follows: leadership and vision in Supplier Diversity, outstanding performance in minority business development, support and participation with the D/FW MSDC and involvement with the diverse business community.
Donna has actively served on the D/FW MSDC's Board of Directors and Executive Boards for the past three years. She holds the position of Secretary on both Boards. In addition, she makes a point to regularly coach and mentor small and diverse suppliers.
Verizon also received the 2011 Mega Deal award in recognition of our work with Software House International (SHI), a global provider of information technology products and services. They provide software and hardware procurement, deployment planning, pc refresh, and IT asset management. SHI has recently begun working with Verizon on its Green Initiatives, which include: recycling, asset recovery and asset disposal.
Mega Deals are defined as deals totaling over $25 million and take place between a corporation and a DF/W MSDC diverse owned business enterprise. The Mega Deal award helps diverse businesses to showcase their performance and further grow their businesses.
Now that you are familiar with our interest and leadership in utilizing small and diverse businesses, I encourage small and diverse suppliers to register at our website: http://www.verizon.com/suppliers.
[Editor's note: Top photo of Monya Emery guest blogger: center photo of Donna Erhardt (right) with the 2011 Executive Adovate of the Year Award and Royalyn Reid, co-founder & CEO of Consumer & Market Insights of Dallas, TX; below, photo of all the individuals honored by the D/FW MSDC.]
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