Ensuring Inclusivity and Diversity in IT Procurement

Ensuring Inclusivity and Diversity in IT Procurement

For many organizations, supplier diversity is a crucial part of business. More and more leaders and procurement managers seek to recruit companies, contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers that reflect the communities they serve.

Diverse suppliers are vendors that are certified as at least 51% owned, operated, and controlled by one or more individuals or a group that is part of a traditionally underrepresented or underserved group, according to the Harvard Business Review. That includes minority groups, women, LGBTQ+ individuals, veterans, service-disabled veterans, people with a disability, aboriginal-indigenous people, and historically underutilized businesses.

Through a partnership between InfoSystems and Veterans Technology Solutions, businesses have an opportunity to contract with a supplier that satisfies diversity spending goals.

VTS + InfoSystems: Achieving Excellence Through Experience

VTS is a certified Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), as well as a robust IT services provider. This partnership merges InfoSystems’ and VTS’s extensive backgrounds in the information technology space to deliver the highest level of services — along with the added benefit of offering clients an opportunity to capture a diversity spend for procurement.

With more than 80 years of combined IT industry experience, Dadisi Olutosin, Vice President and Chief Operations Officer at VTS, and VTS founder Buck Gilbert, have gained a deep and broad understanding of supplier diversity needs. Their complementary work histories include long tenures in corporate environments, as well as in entrepreneurial roles, uniquely positioning Olutosin and Gilbert to provide the most benefit and value to procurement managers.

“We understand the specific directives for sourcing within the supply chain,” Olutosin says. “Procurement managers have their own directives based on cost savings and the longevity and quality of the vendor relationship. Through our partnership with InfoSystems, we’re able to help clients meet a diversity spend, while delivering top-tier services and customer support.”

The Importance of Supplier Diversity

Since the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, major corporations, including early leaders such as IBM, have prioritized supplier diversity spending. And those priorities have been revisited in the past year amid the national focus on dismantling systemic racism.

Business leaders indicate that supplier diversity isn’t just the right thing to do — it demonstrates high ethical standards and has the potential to generate economic opportunity for disadvantaged communities.

“Diversity is in the national conversation for a few reasons,” Olutsin says. “Diversity and inclusion has risen as a social priority for advocacy reasons, and in some cases, simply because corporations are being called out. Many haven’t historically been doing business with suppliers that represent our communities and our nation as a whole. With InfoSystems, we can share these valuable services and enable clients to choose vendors that more closely align with their business’s diversity and inclusion goals.”

Learn more about how your company may benefit from the partnership between InfoSystems and VTS — contact us today.

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