✳️ Supplier Diversity is not ‘positive discrimination’.
It is about equality, equity, and increasing access to opportunities to communities marginalised by society. It’s not favouritism.
Tenders are not made exclusively available to Diverse Suppliers only but there may be efforts to included a Diverse Supplier into the vendor evaluation process.
✳️ Supplier Diversity is not ‘Diversity & Inclusion’.
D&I is designed to protect people identified by the ‘9 protected characteristics’.
People with these characteristics can experience bias and prejudice in the workplace.
The Equality Act 2010 made it illegal to discriminate against people based on those 9 characteristics listed above.
Supplier Diversity is a practice, it is not legislation, and seeks to increase access to commercial opportunities by businesses at least 51% owned and operated by the 6 identified marginalised communities.
✳️ Supplier Diversity is not a box ticking exercise motivated by achieving targets or diverse identity quotas.
Diverse Suppliers provide innovation and their services can differentiate a Buyer’s customer experience.
They provide superior service, and can build deep relationships with their clients.
Working with Diverse Suppliers can open up new markets and customer base making it a great, strategic business decision that positively impacts a Buyer’s bottom line.
"Finding Diverse Suppliers is time-consuming as the process today involves researching against multiple databases."
Founded in 2019, Kaleida International is a B2B marketplace for Tenders connecting Buyers to Suppliers, and Diverse Suppliers. With a focus on helping the Chief Procurement Office achieve its ESG goals, and alerting companies to new revenue opportunities, Kaleida's fully-inclusive platform helps Buyers find, identify and assess Diverse Suppliers they can invite to Tender.
In 2023 Kaleida will publish £600b in both Public and Private sector tenders for suppliers, and Diverse suppliers to apply to. By increasing access to commercial opportunity, we believe we can drive equality through providing access to economic parity.