One of my favorite changes sparked by the transformative year that was 2021 is the increase in opportunities for diverse suppliers. As Sysco continues to bolster its supplier network, the distributor is further embracing diversity by optimizing five unique new partnerships to enhance its initiatives. To facilitate relationships with diverse new suppliers, the distributor announced it has recently aligned with Disability:IN, National LGBT Chamber of Commerce, National Veteran-Owned Business Association, The National Minority Supplier Development Council, and Women’s Business Enterprise National Council.
“As a leader in the foodservice industry, these new partnerships will help Sysco develop future diverse suppliers critical to meeting the evolving needs of our customers,” said Judy Sansone, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer. “It’s important that every aspect of our business, including our supply chain, reflects the changing demographics of the communities where we work and live.”
Through these dynamic partnerships, Sysco will have direct access to a certified diverse business database to identify and engage qualified suppliers in procurement opportunities, according to a press release.
By teaming up with these organizations, Sysco looks to advance the success of businesses owned by minorities, women, LGBTQIA+, people with disabilities, and veterans. The new partnerships will present a multitude of benefits to diverse suppliers, including:
With the use of these innovative strategies, the company aims to identify, develop, and expand certified diverse suppliers’ reach to meet customers’ business needs and provide them with unique competitive advantages.
Stay tuned to Deli Market News as we continue to report on the latest moves to bolster the supply-side.