Inclusive procurement is a long-standing UK policy objective.
Successive governments have recognised that formal procurement processes tend to exclude smaller enterprises and marginalised suppliers and have called for more inclusive supply chains.
This agenda is even more important following COVID-19 as we all seek to support hard-hit businesses and communities, and build back a more resilient and innovative economy.
We have a research-led Inclusive Procurement Programme that organisations use to embed Equality, Diversity and Inclusion into procurement processes.
We define it as ‘procurement that actively seeks out small, local and diverse suppliers and supports their learning, lowers barriers to supply caused by procurement processes and both innovates and creates social value through a diverse supply chain’.
Inclusive Procurement can:
How much business do you award to Diverse Suppliers?
Reporting on supplier diversity by reporting on spend is an important step because we know that what is measured matters.
However, data reporting does not in itself increase the capability of diverse suppliers to trade with you and nor does it change organisational procurer behaviour.
Our Inclusive Procurement Programme enables you to realise Community Wealth-Building through your procurement processes.
Use our Inclusive Procurement Programme to:
Being an Inclusive Procurer is a cornerstone of good organisational Equality, Diversity and Inclusion practice.
Learn from our Inclusive Procurement Programme to start making a difference today.