Outreach and mentoring program information for Steelcase suppliers
Our CEO, Jim Hackett, has expressed to internal and external audiences – including nearly 200 people at the 2012 Steelcase Supplier Summit – that it’s not companies that survive for 100 years, its ideas. And Steelcase has been centered on one core idea for over 100 years – we unlock human promise. We also believe there is opportunity to unlock human promise in the development of a diverse supply base.
Since 1991, the Steelcase Supplier Diversity Program has focused on promoting the growth and development of minority-owned, women-owned, service veteran-owned as well as service-disabled veteran-owned businesses and HUBzone in the United States by integrating them into our procurement process. Here at Steelcase, we review our corporate supplier diversity goals monthly. In addition, we continue our involvement in conferences and networking opportunities to make connections with more potential suppliers.
Our Supplier Diversity vision is to grow, develop, and retain our diverse businesses by creating the best supplier diversity program that surpasses the requirements of our industry and customers. Our diversity initiatives include:
- Participating in trade shows, conferences, networking events, customer showcases and meetings of associations representing diverse businesses to share information about Steelcase and to identify potential suppliers
- Maintaining relationships with diverse business associations, as well as small business associations
- Advertising in publications that serve our diverse business communities
- Maintaining active membership in the National Minority Supplier Development Council, Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC), Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Manufacturers Association, The Right Place, Inforum, Business Leaders for Michigan and the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce. The MMSDC awarded us their Corporate One Award for 10 years of excellence through our involvement and support.