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BGIS Shortlisted as Best Initiative to Build a Diverse Supply Base through CIPS

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We are pleased to announce that BGIS’s Supplier Diversity Program has been shortlisted as Best Initiative to Build a Diverse Supply Base through the CIPS Excellence in Procurement Awards 2021! The winner will be announced on Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021.

These awards are an opportunity to showcase and celebrate the best work and teams in the Procurement profession. The CIPS judges look for innovative, engaging, and inspirational submissions and seek to find which entries demonstrate best practice and the highest standards the profession can offer. 2021 saw a record number of entries with tough competition, so being shortlisted is a true testament to BGIS’s Supplier Diversity Program.

“BGIS believes supplier diversity is an important contributor to our corporate mission of ensuring that we are being inclusive in our supply chain practices. We achieve this goal by providing organizations, which are at minimum 51 percent owned, controlled and managed by historically underutilized groups with an equal opportunity to become suppliers. Our supplier diversity process recognizes certified and self-identified businesses that are owned by women, Indigenous peoples, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, veterans or members of the LGBT+ community,” says John Castelhano, Vice President, Strategic Sourcing at BGIS.

“We also consider small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in our diversity process. We believe in the importance of supplier diversity as it encourages the growth of these suppliers, who often face challenges when their businesses are in their infancy stages. Not only will these partnerships benefit our nation’s economy, but they provide us with new perspectives and opportunities through their wide-ranging expertise, enabling us to continuously provide innovative services and products to our clients. BGIS is a proud corporate member and supporter of Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB), Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council (CAMSC), Women Business Enterprises Canada (WBE Canada) and Canada’s LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce (CGLCC) in Canada as well as the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) in the U.S.”

Congratulations to our procurement team for this amazing feat! BGIS is passionate about diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I), and we are proud of how DE&I remains a top priority when our procurement team sources suppliers.