The Home Depot utilizes SupplierGATEWAY, DIR's technology partner, and DIR to manage its online supplier diversity data. On Diversity and Commerce's web site, The Home Depot is featured in this helpful article about their Supplier Diversity Initiative. It's a terrific introduction to the reasons why some companies choose to pursue a robust supplier diversity plan. Read more below:
"We tell our diverse suppliers we respect them and are committed to the communities they care about," says the supplier diversity directorThe Home Depot (Atlanta, GA) began its formal supplier diversity program in 2003, says Michelle Sourie Johnson, the company's supplier diversity director. That was "primarily because of a shift in our customer base," she explains. "We were looking at increasing numbers of women and minority customers and the increased spending power they had in the marketplace. It made sense to bring in more MBEs and WBEs. ...."