SDD PROGRAM MILESTONES
SDD PROGRAM MILESTONES
Ford’s SDDProgram was launched, one of the first supplier diversity programs in the United States.
Awarded Corporation of the Year for the first time by NMSDC.
Ford’s SDD Program expands to include women owned businesses.
Ford is a founding member of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council.
Ford’s SDD Program expands to include Veteran Owned Businesses.
Ford’s SDD Program expands to include Canadian Aboriginal and Global Women Owned Businesses.
Ford’s SDD Program expands to include LGBTQ and Disability Owned Businesses.
To better align our Supplier Diversity program with Ford’s Diversity & Inclusion program, spend with diverse companies in the following categories are recognized as part of the Supplier Diversity Program: Women, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Native Alaskans, Canadian Aboriginal, LGBT People, Veterans, Disabled Veterans, People with Disabilities and Small Businesses.
SUPPLIER DIVERSITY DEVELOPMENT
Supporting and developing a diverse supply chain contributes to strong and sustainable businesses. Through advocacy and relationship building internally and externally, our efforts assist us in making a positive impact to our bottom line and within the communities where our suppliers operate.
Jim HackettFord Motor Company’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is reflected in our employees, our customer base, dealer network and supply chain. Truly, there is such an advantage we have with our team and partners – diverse backgrounds and diversity of thought – and to me, there is nothing more important or influential to our success than diversity. As we evolve as a company to pursue leadership positions in electrification, autonomous vehicles and mobility solutions, we look for diverse suppliers to bring fresh ideas and perspectives that will help us produce smart vehicles for a smart world. Developing strong relationships with our supply chain, inclusive of diverse suppliers, will result in more innovative products, stronger communities and a better world.
Angela HendersonDiversity & Inclusion permeates the core of our company – from the diversity of our product offerings and global workforce, to our strategic partners, supply base and dealers. Rapidly changing technologies are creating incredible opportunities for growth with diverse suppliers who are able to identify and understand the traditional industry disruptors, grasp the concept of Diversity & Inclusion and develop a forward-looking strategy and plan. We remain committed to support, develop, grow and promote our diverse suppliers while expanding the economic impact and growth in the community for a more sustainable future.
We are happy to share with you that we are launching a new and improved Tier 2 diversity spend reporting system – UniTier.
Sept 11 – 12
NVBDC National Veteran Business Matchmaking Event
Motor City Casino, Detroit MI
This 2 day free event will be filled with educational resources and 1:1 matchmaking sessions and on the spot networking at exhibit tables.
Sept 16 – 18
USHCC National Convention
The National Convention brings together Hispanic business owners, corporate executives and members of more than 200 local Hispanic chambers of commerce from across the country. It offers the opportunity to establish strategic long-lasting business partnerships, through dialogue, networking, workshops, and more.
Great Lakes Women’s Business Conference
The annual Great Lakes Women’s Business Conference addresses the needs of both aspiring and established business owners while delivering strategies for succeeding in a highly competitive market. The conference is attended by 1000+ women business enterprises (WBE’s), corporate procurement and supplier diversity professionals, government representatives and partner organizations.
MMSDC Annual ACE Awards
The MMSDC 35th Annual A.C.E. Awards celebrates the business relationships between major corporations and minority-owned firms. At this event, minority business enterprises (MBEs) are honored for their excellent service in the past year and corporate members are recognized for their commitment to minority supplier development and supporting minority-owned businesses through purchasing contracts and advocacy.
Oct 14 – 18
NMSDC Annual Conference
The NMSDC Conference and Business Opportunity Exchange is the nation’s premier forum on minority supplier development. For four days, more than 6,000 corporate CEOs, procurement executives and supplier diversity professionals from the top multinational companies, as well as leading Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American business owners and international organizations will convene in Austin, Texas, to re-energize their collective efforts to Certify > Develop > Connect > and Advocate for solid minority firms in the global corporate supply chain.
MHCC Hispanic Gala
MGM Casino, Detroit MI
The Annual Fiesta Hispana Gala has served as the Hispanic business community’s premier social event for nearly 30 years. Every year, Fiesta Hispana offers an extensive program featuring prestigious guest speakers, awards, dinner and dancing, and significant opportunities for sponsors to receive recognition and visibility to business decision makers that attend every year.
The Supplier Diversity Development Office, a group within Supply Chain Sustainability, is a part of the Purchasing organization of Ford Motor Company. This office administers the Supplier Diversity Development Program and works with many diverse and small businesses to promote economic development and sustainability.