Unlocking supplier potential in Reed Exhibitions
Published: December 2020
Reed Exhibitions has launched a new Supplier Diversity portal where minority businesses are encouraged to register their interest in doing business with us.
It’s the latest initiative in our ongoing programme to unlock supplier potential across Reed Exhibitions by identifying and qualifying minority-owned suppliers and encouraging diverse supplier inclusion in all our sourcing processes.
“Supplier diversity is one of the key areas in which we are determined to make a positive impact and lasting change” says Alan John, project lead and member of Reed Exhibitions’ Global Race Committee, which is driving the initiative.
As a Global Process Manager in Operations for the past seven years, supplier diversity is a subject close to Alan’s heart. “I’m proud to work for a company that offers fair and equal opportunities to its employees, but we also need to be fair in our choice of suppliers to reflect the diversity of our communities” says Alan. “Not only is it the right thing to do, but diversity drives innovation. It’s good for our business.”
Key to improving supplier diversity, says Alan, is to pro-actively engage with minority owned businesses – hence the launch of the Supplier Diversity Registration Portal.
“If you are a minority-owned, women-owned, LGBT-owned or other diverse supplier to the events industry, we urge you to visit the portal and register” says Alan. “Registration doesn’t guarantee that you will obtain business. The criteria used to select diverse suppliers are the same ones we use to select all suppliers” says Alan. “But it does ensure that you have fair and equal opportunity at all stages of the sourcing process, including that critical first stage of identification.”