By William Atkinson — Purchasing, 1/17/2008
Two of the bigger trends recently in strategic sourcing have been supplier diversity and global sourcing. While many companies see these as separate trends, high-tech giant Intel Corp. sees some overlap where one trend can feed the other.
As a global company operating in 48 nations, Santa Clara, Calif.-based Intel has enormous diversity in its employee base, and it has had an admirable track record seeking and working with a diverse supply base. Intel’s supplier website notes: “As part of our commitment to supplying world-class products and services, we recognize the importance of working with a supply chain that represents and knows our many local markets.” To this end, Intel’s Supplier Development and Diversity team promotes opportunities for diverse suppliers around the world. How can global suppliers qualify as diverse suppliers? For starters, Intel’s website points out that, “While global adoption of supplier diversity may be slower paced, we will align our initiative with each country’s government guidelines.”