Reaching out to organizations that meet and support supplier diversity remains a proactive business process at Cleveland Clinic.
Through the Office of Diversity & Inclusion Supplier Diversity Program, Cleveland Clinic aims to provide equal access to potential business opportunities among the following:
- Small businesses
- Businesses owned by women
- Businesses owned by minorities
According to Le Joyce Naylor, Executive Director, Diversity & Inclusion, “Our enterprise recognizes that incorporating diversity reinforces its commitment to the community and strengthens its position as a good community citizen. This work is core to Cleveland Clinic’s commitment to the economic vitality of northeast Ohio.”
“We are committed to growing our supplier diversity program. The commitment comes from the top,” says Bill Peacock, Chief of Operations at Cleveland Clinic. “There is a ripple effect that spreads outside of the traditional client-vendor relationship, benefiting the community as well."
Contact the Office of Diversity & Inclusion through our vendor contact form:
For more information about Cleveland Clinic’s Supplier Diversity Program, please contact Hermione Malone, Project Manager for Supplier Diversity, 216.448.8055, firstname.lastname@example.org and Diana Gueits, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, 216.445.7318, email@example.com.
Cleveland Clinic was named Corporation of the Year in 2010 for Supplier Diversity by the Northern Ohio Supplier Development Council (NOMSDC)
The supplier diversity program at Cleveland Clinic has two main objectives:
- Develop a pool of diverse suppliers for increased participation in Cleveland Clinic’s procurement opportunities
- Increase the number of local residents trained in skilled building trades, working on Cleveland Clinic construction sites
Cleveland Clinic’s desire to attract more minority-owned business enterprises (MBEs) and women-owned business enterprises (WBEs) follows a three-pronged approach:
- Increase the vendor pool to connect existing qualified WBEs and MBEs to current bidding through external matchmaker events, ongoing collaboration with community partners, targeted meet-and-greet events hosted by Cleveland Clinic and through vendors directly contacting the Cleveland Clinic Office of Diversity & Inclusion.
- Assist local vendors who currently do not qualify as Cleveland Clinic vendors to grow to the scope and scale to do business with Cleveland Clinic. These vendors are encouraged to work with our community partners who have developed training programs specifically for Cleveland Clinic.
- Foster skilled trade’s workforce development to increase the number of minority and female laborers on Cleveland Clinic construction projects through our UCIP-ASAP @ Cleveland Clinic Program.
Cleveland Clinic Supplier Diversity Partners & Vendors
By the Numbers: Minority & Women-Owned Suppliers
The following initiatives help support diversity suppliers at Cleveland Clinic:
Supplier Diversity Community Advisory Council»
Cleveland Clinic has assembled a council of experts in supplier diversity and regional economic development to assist in creating and implementing the best possible supplier diversity initiatives. The council meets quarterly and assists Cleveland Clinic in sourcing qualified vendors for appropriate opportunities. The council is also given all of Cleveland Clinic’s supplier diversity data to track progress and hold Cleveland Clinic accountable for its stated goals.
UCIP-ASAP @ Cleveland Clinic»
This program is a part of the local Union Apprenticeship initiative and brings together residents from Fairfax and other local neighborhoods for a 10-week session of classroom trades training. The program is funded by a grant from the County Workforce Investment Board.
Cleveland Clinic Targeted Matchmakers»
Cleveland Clinic hosts several matchmakers per year in specific supply chain and construction categories. Vendors who have registered on the supplier diversity website will receive emails notifying them of upcoming matchmaker events and the commodity area. Matchmakers are subject to the areas up for bid at any given time and vendors are subject to pre-qualification before receiving an invitation.
Healthcare Building Blocks»
The Healthcare Building Blocks Program is led by a partnership between the City of Cleveland and Skanska Shook. Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals are actively involved in the instruction of specific modules. The training program is designed to provide emerging disadvantaged businesses with the technical, administrative and managerial skills necessary to successfully pursue, win and execute business opportunities with the region’s healthcare institutions. Participants receive an in depth explanation of the healthcare industry, hospital facilities and the means and methods necessary to perform construction activities in the clinical environment.
Cleveland Clinic highly encourages and assists vendors in participating on projects through joint ventures, where smaller companies have the opportunity to combine resources to manage the scope and scale of work at Cleveland Clinic. Over the past few years, successful joint venture arrangements have been executed on three large Cleveland Clinic construction projects including the Cleveland Clinic Guesthouse, the Global Cardio Innovations Center and the Huron Community Health Center.
Cleveland Clinic knows that mentoring is a highly successful avenue towards building new capacities for vendor development. Cleveland Clinic encourages formal and informal mentoring arrangements. Cleveland Clinic also participates in several structured mentoring programs coordinated by our community partners.