Dell Recognized for $1 Billion Annual Commitment to Supplier Diversity

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Last week, during its annual summit in Arlington, VA, The Billion Dollar Roundtable Inc.(BDR) inducted Dell into its list of members. Founded in 2001 as a top-level forum for advancing the practice of supplier diversity, the BDR represents an exclusive group of 16 corporations.

This is in recognition of Dell's commitment of more than $1 billion in annual supply-chain spending with diverse suppliers. It is a great honor to be one of the 16 members of the Billon Dollar Roundtable and will see us continuing to partner with our peer members to provide thought leadership in advancing diverse businesses. Our direct culture fosters innovation, creativity and solutions, making Dell the technology supplier of choice for customers around the world. We depend on the contributions of diverse suppliers to succeed, and we continue to be committed to building and nurturing our supplier chain.

The Billion Dollar Roundtable Inc. was created in 2001 to recognize and celebrate corporations that achieved spending of $1 billion or more with diverse suppliers, including minority- and woman-owned companies. The BDR promotes and shares best practices in supply chain diversity excellence through summits, collaboration with other organizations and the production of policy papers. BDR member companies review and discuss issues, opportunities and strategies related to supplier diversity as a way to advance opportunities for corporations and diverse suppliers. The BDR encourages corporate entities to continue growing their supplier diversity programs by increasing commitment and spending levels each year.

Dell joined Honda and Avis Budget Group as 2009 BDR inductees. New members are inducted bi-annually.

According to William Moon, chairman of the BDR, "Dell has proven itself to be a leader and innovator in advancing supply-chain opportunities for diverse suppliers. Dell is a company built on direct engagement with its customers, and it follows a similar approach in building relationships with diverse suppliers. We welcome the ideas and commitment Dell will bring to the Billion Dollar Roundtable."

We look forward to contributing new ideas and delighted to be part of this team.

About the Author: Jens Gruenkemeier

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