We are committed to strengthening the communities we serve by reaching out to diverse suppliers. Our Supplier Diversity team finds and develops the best suppliers, expanding competitive business opportunities with minorities, women, veterans (including service-disable veterans) and HUBZone (Historically Underutilized Businesses) Enterprises. As a result of our commitment to diversity, we spent $68 million with 197 certified minority and women-owned companies in 2011, exceeding our goal for that year.
We match goods and services from diverse suppliers with buyers throughout our organization. Every employee with the authority to commit corporate funds is responsible for making our supplier diversity program successful.