The Business Diversity Initiative at The University of Akron is committed to creating sound business relationships that strengthen the economic development and viability for diverse businesses while providing a value-added strategy that increases competition to ensure the best overall value for University family and the surrounding community.
Why Does UA Value Supplier Diversity?
- We have the resources to get better and do better than we have.
- We recognize the impact that our Supplier Diversity Initiative has on the communities we serve.
- We are building bridges within communities and contributing to the economic growth of entities that, in turn, help us provide excellent products and services to our students, faculty and staff.
Our goal is to have the most effective supplier diversity initiative within Higher Education and provide a positive impact on the economic growth and viability of small, disadvantaged, minority, and women-owned businesses.
- Create an environment through our daily activity that ensures fair and equal opportunities to provide goods and services to The University of Akron.
- Increase business opportunities for diverse suppliers.
- Encourage our prime suppliers to expand their business transactions with diverse suppliers.
- Assist diverse suppliers in forging alliances that strengthen their scope and scale.
The continuous goal of our Supplier Diversity Initiative is to promote a healthy social and economic environment for our organization and our small and diverse business partners.
We truly appreciate the benefits that this diversity effort brings to our institution, to the businesses we work with and to the communities we serve. Benefits include but are not limited to:
- Innovative strategy development
- Increased competition in sourcing decisions
- Inclusion in the sourcing process
- Provides consumers with the best businesses, materials and services available
- Helps meet the unique needs of local communities
- Increased customer satisfaction.
The Universe Is Diverse.
Alan D. Parker
The University of Akron
100 Lincoln Street
Akron, Ohio 44325
Phone: (330) 972-7643
Fax: (330) 972-5564