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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

From 2018-2019, Work Without Limits was one of 8 Disability:IN affiliates that was a Wells Fargo grant holder to advance Disability:IN’s Supplier Diversity Program locally. Partnering with Disability:IN and the MA Supplier Diversity Office, Work Without Limits held two Disability Supplier Diversity Forums for our Employer Network in November 2019 and 2020.

Learn more about Supplier Diversity on our Resources page.