Disability Supplier Diversity

Disability Supplier Diversity Overview

There are an estimated 1 billion people with disabilities in the world and the U.S. Census Bureau reports people with disabilities are nearly twice as likely to be self-employed as people without disabilities. Further, a Cargill study states leading procurement organizations generate 133% greater return on the cost of procurement operations, with a higher adoption rate of supplier diversity programs, than average performers. Conversely, companies that limit their supply chain flexibility place themselves at risk for poor performance and potential supply disruptions. Disability:IN empowers business to achieve disability inclusion and equality.

The Disability:IN Supplier Diversity program is the leading third-party certifier of disability owned business enterprises (DOBEs®) and empowers corporations and government agencies to diversify their supply chain with increased contract opportunities. A certified DOBE is a for-profit business that is at least 51% owned, managed and controlled by a person with a disability.
– source: Disability:IN, 2019

Disability Supplier Diversity Forum

Disability:IN Massachusetts is one of 8 Disability:IN affiliates that is a Wells Fargo grant holder to advance Disability:IN’s Supplier Diversity Program locally. Partnering with Disability:IN and the MA Supplier Diversity Office, Disability:IN Massachusetts launched our first Disability Supplier Diversity Forum for interested Disability:IN Massachusetts procurement professionals in November 2019. We meet semi-annually.

Please contact Bonnie Rivers if you:

  • are interested in becoming a Work Without Limits sponsor to gain access to this forum
  • are an existing sponsor and want access to the latest DOBE listing
Learn more about Supplier Diversity on our Resources page.