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7th November 2022
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G4S has launched its Supplier Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) programme in the UK
We are thrilled to announce that G4S, the world’s leading global, integrated security company who are "committed to promoting and supporting diverse suppliers" has joined Kaleida International.
"At G4S we are committed to promoting and supporting diverse suppliers. The benefits of a diverse supply chain are clear; our suppliers play a critical role in helping us run a successful business, delivering excellent service to our customers. Greater diversity of suppliers brings a richness of thoughts, ideas and innovation. It’s also critical that our business reflects and supports the societies in which we operate, including often more marginalised, diverse communities"
JON WILLESCROFT, PROCUREMENT DIRECTOR, G4S
To achieve this aim in the UK, G4S is embedding the following practices across our business:
Measuring our use of diverse suppliers - using a sustainability technology platform (Integrity Next) we are now tracking our spend with diverse suppliers, allowing us to measure and set targets for the future.
Identifying and providing opportunities to new diverse suppliers - through our partnerships with Kaleida and MSDUK (see below), inviting more diverse suppliers to bid on G4S work.
Training and awareness - promoting the benefits of using diverse suppliers to our procurement teams and wider business.
G4S has partnered with the following organisations to support the ongoing roll-out and embedding of Supplier Diversity & Inclusion in our business:
In September 2022, G4S joined Kaleida's growing list of large employers supporting Supplier Diversity. Kaleida International is the UK's and EMEA's first fully-inclusive B2B marketplace for tenders connecting buyers to diverse suppliers. Finding diverse suppliers in the EMEA region is time-consuming as the process today involves researching multiple databases.
The Kaleida platform, a source of supplier diversity data, improves the accessibility of diverse suppliers to corporate buyers with an Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) mandate.
G4S is committed to promoting a broader representation of diverse suppliers in its supply chain. Kaleida’s platform will help to enable this and ensure that future opportunities are more accessible to diverse run businesses across the UK.
We are excited to partner with G4S, and make revenue generating opportunities accessible to marginalised communities across the UK, and Europe. Diverse Suppliers are asking for more access to economic equity to help grow their businesses. Diversity programmes like this one launched by G4S will help Diverse Suppliers overcome the economic hurdles often experienced by historically underutilised founders
JASON ROBERTS, CEO OF KALEIDA
This partnership with Kaleida will be key in helping us to access, connect and work with a wide range of diverse owned suppliers, creating greater breadth and better representation across our supply chain.
JON WILLESCROFT, PROCUREMENT DIRECTOR, G4S
28th September 2022
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Allianz Holdings diversifies suppliers
Allianz Holdings is striving to place more business with diverse suppliers through a pilot with Kaleida International, an inclusive business-to-business (B2B) marketplace for tenders.
Suppliers listed on Kaleida are businesses which are at least 51% owned and operated by women, veterans, people from ethnic minorities, from LGBTQ+ communities, or people who are neurodivergent or have disabilities. These suppliers are often certified by a third-party entity but can also be self-certified.
The partnership with Kaleida will support procurement, supply and workplace services within the Allianz group, including LV=, as they look to diversify their pool of providers. Alongside traditional market research tools, it will help them identify, assess and invite diverse suppliers to their upcoming tenders. The types of contracts that may come in its scope include software and IT services, research and insight or asset valuation, to name a few examples.
The supplier diversity pilot runs until the end of the year, allowing Allianz to deep dive into its pipeline of opportunities and review the Kaleida platform in detail to maximise all the benefits that the partnership can bring.
It builds on other Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) initiatives, such as Allianz’s sustainable procurement charter, which prioritises suppliers with strong ESG commitments. The Kaleida partnership focuses on the social element of the ESG agenda.
Oleh Melnyk, head of procurement at Allianz Holdings, commented: “Not only is it the right thing to do but it will also give us a competitive edge. We know the richness of thought and action that come with diversity and we’re looking forward to working with our new suppliers.”
Jason Roberts, founder and CEO of Kaleida International, added: “We are thrilled to welcome Allianz on board Kaleida as part of its ESG initiative. Our unique ability to connect diverse suppliers who join our fully inclusive platform to the published tenders of thought-leading corporations like Allianz will greatly improve the economic outcomes of firms owned by marginalised, diverse communities.”
About Allianz Holdings plc
Allianz Holdings plc is the non-regulated holding company which owns the principal insurance operations of Allianz SE in Great Britain including Allianz Insurance.
15th July 2022
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Kaleida announces its strategic partnership with Hampshire-based recruitment agency Procurement Heads
Driving successful Supplier Diversity initiatives requires leadership and partnership so we are thrilled to announce today our new partnership with Procurement Heads as we continue, together, to spread the message about the power of supplier diversity to a wider audience.
The synergies between Kaleida International and Procurement Heads’ shared missions strongly align, meaning that a strategic partnership between the two organisations makes perfect sense.
Kaleida's founder and CEO said: "I have seen the excellent work Procurement Heads do for many years now and through their commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, sustainability and thought leadership see them as a leading force in this space."
Operations Director, Hayley Packham, said, “We firmly believe in equality for all and have pledged to continue attracting a workforce that reflects this, not only for ourselves but for the clients and candidates we engage with.
Listen to Jason's 'Big Interview' with Hayley Packham. Click Here for the The Big Interview.
About Procurement Heads
Procurement Heads is all about getting to know great Procurement Professionals and bringing them together to make outstanding Procurement teams. With a proven track record of delivery, we support people through the life-cycle of their careers, providing an end-to-end consultative service. We partner with many prominent brands and organisations, sourcing Procurement talent using industry-leading tools and techniques. Focused and proactive, our methodology provides a comprehensive assessment of your needs and tailors solutions to meet them. The ability to identify and attract the best people across all sectors, often involves us designing and managing bespoke campaigns.
For Procurement Heads' full announcement click HERE
04th May 2022
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Investigo a leading recruitment agency, joins Kaleida International to increase their accessibility to Diverse Suppliers
Supplier Diversity remains a focus of strategic importance to many firms who wish to expand on their commitment to Diversity & Inclusion by enabling the improvement in economic outcomes of Diverse Suppliers
As we continue to grow our strategic alliances with corporate visionaries, it gives me great pleasure to announce that Investigo a leading recruitment agency, will join Kaleida, in partnership, to support diversity in their supply chain.
Olivia Dodd, Head of Partnerships and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee Co-Chair said “With our current suppliers firmly on our radar, it was important to consider true supplier diversity and how we would go about engaging with them... That is where Kaleida came in”
To read the complete Investigo blog, click HERE.
Supplier Diversity is not only the ethical thing to do, it makes great business sense too.
With corporates looking to double their spend with Diverse Suppliers by 2025, Kaleida International is leading the conversation across the UK, EMEA, and APAC on how to deliver a fully-inclusive Supplier Diversity programme, across a territories, and irrespective of sector or industry focus.
Jason Roberts, Kaleida, CEO said:
“We are proud of Kaleida’s commitment to driving equality, enabling equity, and solving a common problem businesses experience: ‘Getting access to Buyers and new revenue opportunities?’”
We continue to build relationships with pioneering market leaders, helping them deliver on the ‘Social’ tenet of their ESG agenda whilst creating a single repository of live Tenders that Suppliers and Diverse Suppliers can apply to.
We work in the ultimate recruitment business where the right people in the right seats, doing the right things make all the difference. In an industry which often talks about USP’s, the only USP we point to is our people. Their knowledge, expertise and passion help to distinguish our recruitment business from our competitors. What we do isn’t unique so, the way in which we do it has to stand out from the crowd.
For more on Investigo click.
15th March 2022
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SupplierGATEWAY Partners With Kaleida to Offer Enhanced Digital Certification in the UK
This partnership allows diverse businesses in the UK to become certified and access more opportunities
SANTA ANA, Calif., March 14, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SupplierGATEWAY, in partnership with Kaleida, is proud to bring Enhanced Digital Certification® to the UK starting in April of 2022. This innovative diversity certification is a fast and accessible way for qualified businesses in the UK to get diverse supplier certification. EDC UK, through partnership with Kaleida, opens access to thousands of tenders worth billions of pounds for certified suppliers in the UK.
In the UK, finding diverse suppliers is time consuming and involves intense research and cross-checking against databases. EDC UK, in partnership with Kaleida, enables companies to connect quickly and easily with certified diverse suppliers who want access to more opportunities in both the public and private sector.
EDC UK is an all-in-one, fully inclusive certification for diverse UK suppliers. The certification is easily verified 24/7. Companies can also verify certification by logging into the SupplierGATEWAY platform or electronically through an API connection.
UK companies can invite their current suppliers to apply for certification. Businesses can apply for $25 USD. The process is quick, easy, and entirely online.
The launch of SupplierGATEWAY's Enhanced Digital Certification® has attracted attention globally from institutions invested in creating an ever-growing and inclusive base of diverse suppliers.
For more information on EDC:
SupplierGATEWAY is a leading digital supplier management software platform that automates and simplifies supplier and vendor management for some of the most recognized companies in the world. Products encompass supplier sourcing, registration, risk management, compliance, and management, as well as corporate responsibility and diversity & inclusion.
For more information visit SupplierGATEWAY's website.
Kaleida International is the UK's and EMEA's first fully-inclusive B2B marketplace for tenders connecting buyers to diverse suppliers. Finding diverse suppliers in the EMEA region is time consuming as the process today involves researching against multiple databases. The Kaleida platform, a golden source of supplier diversity data, improves the accessibility of diverse suppliers to corporate buyers with an ESG mandate.
For more information visit Kaleida's website.
08th November 2021
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New procurement partnership builds in diversity goals
Sovereign is the first housing association in the UK to launch a partnership with Kaleida, a B2B marketplace that allows procurement teams to advertise tenders and connect with diverse suppliers.
As part of its five year procurement strategy, Sovereign, a housing association with 60,000 homes across the south of England, could direct suppliers to a potential £3.5m-worth of contracts and tenders via Kaleida, over the next year.
As well as advertising supply opportunities through the usual government channels, Sovereign will use Kaleida to give diverse suppliers a more accessible way to view its tender opportunities.
Diverse suppliers are defined as ‘a company that’s at least 51% owned by diverse individuals, or groups that have historically been underrepresented within the economy’*.
Examples of diverse businesses include: minority owned, female owned, former service personnel owned, LGBTQ+ owned, disabled owned, and neuro-divergent owned - the neurodivergent community includes people who live with autism, dyslexia, dyspraxia, autism, ADHD and other neurological conditions.
The Kaleida platform enables buyers like Sovereign to search for, engage with and then invite suppliers to tender. More than simply a database of certifications, the fully-inclusive platform connects procurement buyers to B2B suppliers through published live tenders, and provides insights into each supplier, including their news, stories and thought leadership to enable organisations to make informed, credibility-based tender awards.
Mo Ajibola, Category Manager for Sovereign, said:
“We’re committed to ensuring our tenders and opportunities are accessible and open to all. We will use Kaleida to ensure that we are working with a diverse range of suppliers.
“This new partnership will also support us to highlight our Equality Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) goals and diversity programmes across our supply chain, through knowledge sharing and training. We’re also hoping to broaden our supply chain's commitment to Environment Social Governance (ESG) objectives through this diversity of collaboration.”
Jason Roberts, CEO of Kaleida International, said:
“Corporate buyers diversify their supply chain not only because it’s the ethical thing to do, but because it makes economic sense, too. We are delighted to partner with thought-leading organisations like Sovereign Housing Association who, together with Kaleida, will pioneer a new ecosystem of buyer - supplier relationships by being more accessible to diverse run businesses.”
To view tenders, click HERE to register today
12th April 2021
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Kaleida appoints Daniel Cameron as Non-executive Director
Kaleida International is pleased to announce the appointment of Daniel Cameron as Non-executive Director, with immediate effect.
12 April 2021 – Kaleida International is pleased to announce the appointment of Daniel Cameron as Non-executive Director, with immediate effect.
Dan is a Chief Procurement Officer adept at delivering change and digital transformation in international organisations across a range of sectors.
Jason Roberts, CEO said:
“Today I am pleased to announce the appointment of Daniel Cameron as our Non-executive Director. Dan brings a host of invaluable skills to the Board and will add tremendous value to our purpose.
Kaleida connects Procurement Buyers to B2B Suppliers and Diverse Suppliers and we now face our next phase of growth.
Dan will be instrumental in insuring we deliver a superior, inclusive Marketplace to support our Clients with their strategic objectives around Supplier Diversity and new revenue generation.”
Please join me in welcoming Dan.
24th Feb 2021
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Kaleida, a new B2B eTendering marketplace, gets detected
detected’s international mark of trust transforms how procurement buyers source trusted suppliers
24 February 2021 – Kaleida International, a leading B2B marketplace for tenders, has partnered with detected and added the company’s functionality to its platform connecting Procurement Buyers to B2B Suppliers. Kaleida makes the private and public sector tender process focused, faster and more effective for everyone, and a core part of this is ensuring both parties mutually trust each other.
Jason Roberts, Founder & CEO of Kaleida International said, “Social media is exactly that, social. Kaleida means business. Like many of our members, I too found that traditional social media platforms were failing my business. Kaleida was created to provide a rewarding, professional space for buyers and suppliers to collaborate without the noise of social media which typically buries business content.
With our strategic focus on innovation discovery for Buyers, revenue generation for Suppliers and providing firms with a global repository of Supplier Diversity data, adding detected’s trust layer streamlines financial due diligence and strengthens confidence on either side of the tender.”
Kaleida enables procurement and compliance teams within public and private sector organisations to make informed decisions when awarding supplier contracts. It reduces the time taken to assess Suppliers from 4-6 weeks down to a matter of minutes. In one click procurement professionals can access thought leadership, supplier diversity, a firm’s efficacy, and now financial due diligence through the detected integration.
Every company profile on Kaleida now contains detected’s interactive icon. Clicking this brings up the organisation’s business credentials in real-time, enabling Procurement Buyers to instantly assess a B2B Supplier’s suitability for a project.
detected gathers this business information automatically from data sources across the world, standardises it and presents everything in an easy-to-understand format. detected is the only company in the world to surface this insight on a marketplace’s front-end website.
Liam Chennells, Chief Executive Officer at detected said: “Content published on Kaleida comes from a company not a person, so it is critical that users trust what they see. By verifying each company on Kaleida, we are providing the transparency needed to underpin sustainable, credible partnerships.”
detected, the internationally recognised mark of trust for online marketplaces and e-commerce, enables buyers and sellers to trade with confidence.
Buyers find a product, tap the detected icon, review the credentials of the business in real time and purchase confidently. This automated, rapid insight enables marketplaces and businesses to reduce fraud, accelerate trading and grow revenue faster.
Kaleida is the UK’s and Europe's first fully-inclusive B2B marketplace for Tenders which expedite the connection of Procurement Buyers to B2B Suppliers and Diverse Suppliers.
We combined a feed of published Tenders alongside a feed of categorised company posted content.
Content can be liked, shared, and commented on to create valuable and meaningful engagement.
Buyers use Kaleida to discover new diverse suppliers, whilst Suppliers use Kaleida to find new revenue generating opportunities.