Dell has been taking the meaning of supply chain sustainability to a whole new level in the recent years.
And now, it’s starting to pay off.
While product transparency, traceability, life-cycle, and reduction of conflict minerals have been all the craze of supply chain sustainability initiatives in the recent years, Dell has focused on working towards a unique goal; empowering women and minorities.
Dell is one of the leading members of the Billion Dollar Roundtable, which recognizes companies that have accomplished a $1B spend on suppliers driven by minorities and women (Coca 2017). This kind of supplier diversification is exactly the kick in the norm-dominated-behind that supply chain teams, globally, need.
In a field with an atrocious underrepresentation of women and minorities, enterprise organizations (like Dell) that dare to think outside the white-patriarchy, are setting themselves apart from the pack. Dell is reinforcing the notion that supply chain sustainability isn’t just about delivering on sustainable quality, but ethical quality as well.
In regards to their recognition for spend on minority and women-driven suppliers, Dell has increased it’s spend by 500 percent since their initial recognition by the Billion Dollar Rountable in 2009.
Techway Services, a Texas-based supplier to Dell (their CEO is female, named Cathi Coan), has seen a growth in their own revenue five times over since beginning their collaboration with Dell.
Jennifer Allison, Dell’s VP for Supply Chain Sustainability sees these kinds of collaborations as necessary acts of empowerment. ““For us, it’s really about the greater good,” Allison said. “Watching and helping these companies grow and expand.”
Dell implores suppliers, whom they collaborate with, to transcend beyond their collaborations to bigger and better projects. Diversification of Dell’s supplier base has allowed various businesses to grow to a potential, which they once never found feasible; government contracts or parallel enterprise contracts.
Stories of this nature are a true beacon of hope for the global transitioning of supply chain sustainability.