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Diverse supplier programs featured in the Journal of Healthcare Contracting

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Distributor’s Perspective of Supplier Diversity

Supplier diversity is a goal not only for supply chain executives, but for their distributors as well.

“It is our policy to ensure meaningful inclusion of large and small businesses owned by ethnic minorities, women and veterans in our procurement process,” says Abigail Kofete, manager of supplier diversity at Cardinal Health. “For our organization, maintaining a diverse supplier base spurs competition, generates innovative thinking and facilitates the exchange of ideas that have the potential to produce value-added solutions. Partnering with best-in-class diverse suppliers is essential to our work.”


Connection with the Community

Diverse supplier programs can bring cohesion to the community, not to mention a greater economic impact.

Novant Health has a strong commitment to patient care, education and community services for those insured, under-insured and uninsured, and consistently delivers a significant impact to the health of its communities, says Kevin J. Price, director of supplier diversity and performance analytics. “The health of the communities we serve is our priority and a commitment we take very seriously.”


Kevin Price

Connecting with Diverse Suppliers

GPOs act as a bridge between supply chain executives and diverse/veteran-owned suppliers. Case in point: Vizient and Mercury Medical

Most supply chain executives want to work with diverse suppliers, but they don’t want to be in the “minority/diverse supplier education & development” business. That’s OK, because Mark Cartwright, MBA, CPSM, CPSD, does.

Mark Cartwright
Mark Cartwright

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