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Diversity has become a business buzzword in recent times, with numerous C-suite executives viewing it as simply a tick-box exercise, alas. And yet a growing welter of evidence suggests the manifold advantages of utilising diverse supply chains – engaging suppliers from ethnic, racial and gender minorities – are too significant to be ignored.
For Immediate Release
June 9, 2016
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The National Minority Supplier Development Council (www.nmsdc.org) is pleased to announce that Joseph R. Hinrichs, executive vice president and president, The Americas, Ford Motor Company, has accepted the position of Chairman of NMSDC.
Mr. Hinrichs joined Ford in 2000, following positions at Ryan Enterprises Group and General Motors. At Ford, Mr. Hinrichs has served in roles including: president and CEO of Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited; vice president, North America Manufacturing; group vice president, Global Manufacturing and Labor Affairs; and group vice president and president of Asia Pacific and Africa. Mr. Hinrichs was named the 2013 Fortune Magazine Reader’s Choice winner as Businessperson of the Year for the automotive industry, among other honors. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Dayton (Ohio), his alma mater, and currently is a campaign co-chair for the Michigan Education Excellence Foundation and a member of the Workforce Development Board for the city of Detroit. He has a master’s degree in business administration from the Harvard Business School. Mr. Hinrichs and his wife, Maria, have three children.
In 2015, NMSDC named Ford Motor Company “Corporation of the Year,” the most sought-after honor for major corporations dedicated to improving the overall participation of Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American suppliers. In winning the award, Ford continues to demonstrate its commitment to increasing procurement opportunities corporate-wide for minority business enterprises (MBEs).
Said Joset Wright-Lacy, NMSDC president: “From a relationship beginning in 1978, to the recognitions received and investments made, to our current partnership, Ford has answered NMSDC’s call to action on numerous occasions. Our histories have intertwined from the very beginning of the movement to support minority communities by offering opportunities for entrepreneurs.”
“It’s an honor to serve the talented men and women of NMSDC,” Hinrichs said. “Working together, we can continue to grow and strengthen the network of suppliers who develop and deliver technologies, products, services and solutions to make life better for millions of consumers touched by a variety of industries.”
NMSDC advances business opportunities for certified minority business enterprises and connects them to corporate members. To meet the growing need for supplier diversity, NMSDC matches its more than 12,000 certified minority-owned businesses to our network of more than 1,750 corporate members who wish to purchase their products, services and solutions. NMSDC, a unique and specialized player in the field of minority business enterprise, is proud of its unwavering commitment to advance Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American suppliers in a globalized corporate supply chain.
By Staff | June 8, 2016
The National Minority Supplier Development Council recently recognized both individuals and corporations for their leadership in supplier diversity.
Both individuals and businesses of all sizes were honored on May 18 at the 2016 National Minority Supplier Development Council Leadership Awards in New York. The awards, presented by the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), recognize corporate executives, minority business owners, and NMSDC affiliates for their leadership in developing opportunities for minority business enterprises (MBE) in corporate supply chains.
This year’s honorees included:
• Corporate Catalyst Award, for leadership while engaging internal and external peers in support of NMSDC’s mission—Shaleta Dunn, director of diverse talent and supplier programs for ManpowerGroup
• MBE Catalyst Award, for an MBE owner who has been actively engaged in the NMSDC network for five to 10 years—Azra Khalfan, chief executive officer of Signs & Lucite Products
• Corporate Trailblazer Award, for leadership in creating supplier diversity processes—I. Javette Hines, senior vice president, supplier diversity and sustainability for Citigroup Inc.
• MBE Trailblazer Award, for the owner of an MBE who has helped other MBEs in the NMSDC network succeed—Bonnie Nijst, president and CEO of Zeesman Communications
• The Corporate Clarion Award, for a corporate leader who promotes full support of and engagement in minority supplier development as a business imperative in global supply chains—George Ehrgott, senior manager, strategic sourcing, sustainability, and supplier diversity, Communications Test Design Inc.
• MBE Clarion Award, for an inspirational minority business leader with an established record of success for more than 20 years—John W. Rogers, CEO of Ariel Investments LLC
• Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) of the Year Award, for leadership that impacts the CPO’s corporation as well as the larger supplier diversity community—Farryn Melton, senior vice president and chief procurement officer, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.
• Robert M. Stuart Leadership Award, for advancing opportunities for MBEs in corporate America—Harriet R. Michel, NMSDC’s former president, who has worked for 50 years in the public sector developing and managing programs that address social concerns
The National Minority Supplier Development Council matches certified minority-owned businesses with more than 1,750 corporate members who wish to purchase their products, services, and solutions.
At the 2015 National Minority Supplier Development Council Conference, several chief procurement officers from leading corporations participated in a session titled “The Future of Minority Supplier Development” to share their views on developing supply chains that can be engines for economic growth.
“The numbers don’t lie.”
by Safon Floyd Posted: May 21, 2016
In Part 2 of an enlightening conversation on the supplier diversity landscape with National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) president, Joset Wright-Lacy, BlackEnterprise.com learns of the commodity, necessity, and future of diverse suppliers.
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How is the NMSDC going about ensuring that they remain impactful on the diversity landscape?
NMSDC’s role is to continue to drive equity and inclusion of minority business enterprises (MBEs) in corporate business opportunities. We are very clear that supplier diversity and minority supplier development is NOT the same thing.
MBEs are not fungible commodities that can be treated like other diverse suppliers. They have unique issues stemming from historical discrimination that must not be overlooked. Lack of access to capital, marketing, and networks often has a disproportionately negative impact on MBEs. While all diverse suppliers are valuable to corporations, MBEs will have a greater role in building up communities of color around the country.
With more diverse suppliers in the marketplace, it is important for corporate America to make a bigger pie. That means that corporate members will have to look beyond traditional supply chain opportunities in order to ensure equal opportunities for all diverse suppliers.
NMSDC is committed to engaging the corporate community around new business opportunities for MBEs; specifically, professional services like legal, treasury, and investment services. We are also looking at opportunities within the marketing and advertising industries.
What steps should minority business owners take to increase their likelihood of becoming suppliers?
Access to the right networks is very important to potential suppliers to NMSDC members. The NMSDC and its regional affiliates provide opportunities for members and certified MBEs to network. Like it or not, people do business with people they know, like, and trust. This is the foundation of building sustainable relationships between members and MBEs.
MBEs must be in the business of delivering products and services that provide valuable solutions to corporations. That means that all minority business owners must understand their potential customers’ pain points. It is not enough to say what you’re selling; the minority business owner must be able to communicate how what he or she is selling solves a problem.
Knowledge of the industry that the MBE is pursuing is absolutely essential. As we experience change at increasing speeds, the successful minority business owner will have to do more than ride the wave—he or she will have to own the wave.
What do you predict will happen to the demand for minority suppliers within the next 10 years?
The numbers don’t lie. As the country’s demographics shift, minorities will constitute more than 50% of the population by the year 2045—most likely, even sooner than that. Minority-owned businesses will be a critical measure of the nation’s economic health.
NMSDC prepared a study that illustrated the economic impact of certified minority business enterprises. MBEs generated more than one billion dollars in economic output EVERY day. Think about one billion dollars in daily economic output; that represents money in the hands of workers and their households. It represents the ability to buy cars, clothes, travel, and education. Most importantly, it represents an opportunity to increase the sustainability of communities of color.
Many of our MBEs provide jobs and job training in at-risk communities. They support schools and social institutions that provide a safety net for lower income communities. Corporations who understand that their future customers are likely to be employed by an MBE are more likely to act in their own economic self-interest.
The NMSDC is hosting the 2016 National Minority Supplier Development Council Leadership Awards. What impact are you looking to make with this ceremony? Why is it important?
The 2016 NMSDC Leadership Awards recognizes the dynamic corporate executives, minority business owners, and NMSDC affiliate council presidents for outstanding leadership that has had a positive impact on their companies and communities. It is important that NMSDC recognize and thank the individuals who have taken on a leadership role to drive the NMSDC mission. The Leadership Awards are about shining a light on some outstanding individuals who have demonstrated exemplary leadership.
As president of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), if you could have more things in terms of minorities in business, what would that look like?
MBEs would have the ability to access capital on the same terms and conditions as their non-minority counterparts; MBEs would embrace the opportunities presented by the digital economy; and corporate members would create a bigger pie for diverse suppliers.