We are excited to announce that Convoy has partnered with the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) and the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), as part of our Supplier Diversity Program. These partnerships further Convoy’s ability to help minority-owned and women-owned trucking businesses access exclusive freight, and help our customers reach their supplier diversity and corporate social responsibility goals. With these partnerships, we are able to unlock opportunities for the thousands of carriers in our network that are certified as diverse suppliers through these organizations, helping to even the playing field for historically underutilized businesses around the country.
Supplier diversity programs are business strategies that ensure a diverse supplier base in the procurement of goods and services for a business or organization. These programs emphasize the creation of a diverse supply chain that works to secure the inclusion of diverse groups in the procurement plans for government agencies, nonprofits, and private industries. In practice, supplier diversity programs are commitments made by businesses or organizations to allocate a certain amount of money spent in their supply chain to historically underutilized businesses, such as minority-owned businesses, women-owned businesses, LGBTQIA-owned businesses, veteran-owned businesses, or businesses owned by people with disabilities.
In order to be certified as a diverse supplier, the business must be >51% owned and operated by a member of a diverse community. If qualified, the business owner should reach out to the certifying organization directly to get the process started. This process can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months and the financial cost of getting certified will vary based on which organization the certifications is through, and the size of the business getting certified. Once certified, businesses should make sure any company or organization they work with is made aware of their certification status in case there are benefits they could be receiving that they are unaware of.
If you are a trucking company certified through any of these organizations, please reach out to Convoy to learn more about how we can help you access freight and grow your business.