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Get Better Visibility Into Supplier Diversity

Get Better Visibility Into Supplier Diversity

For decades, companies have worked toward a fairer workplace that better reflects the communities they serve, not just through targeted recruitment strategies but also their supplier diversity programs.

Representation in business has a meaningful impact on racial, societal, and economical inequalities, and organizations want to do more and show their impact—but don’t always have the visibility or tools they need to feel confident that their goals are being met.

That’s why we’ve designed new features that highlight the diversity of talent available through Upwork. We know representation is a priority for many of the businesses looking to engage independent talent. And we’re dedicated to ensuring our work marketplace is a place where all professionals can compete on a level playing field and have opportunities to do incredible work.

Here’s a look at how these enhancements can help move your company forward.

Better visibility into business diversity on Upwork

Supplier diversity is an intentional commitment by an organization to find vendors that are majority-owned (at least 51%) by one or more individuals from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in business.

We have deep appreciation for clients who are committed to diversifying their vendor sourcing practices and want to help you reach your goals. To boost visibility into the talent you work with and close the gap between intent and action, Upwork is making it easier to quantify procurement decisions:

  • We’ve redesigned the profiles of U.S.-based agencies and independent professionals so Business- and Enterprise-level users can recognize diversity-related certifications they’ve obtained.
  • We’re revamping search so companies can filter for diversity-certified businesses.

Our initial launch allows agencies and individual professionals to provide business-level diversity certifications:

For consistency and veracity, many corporate policies require diversity certification. Our current efforts use widely recognized U.S.-based third-party certifications—and we’re looking to expand this effort to include global practices in the future. However, Upwork does allow businesses to self-identify.

The business case for vendor diversity and inclusion

Making representation a priority when choosing your service providers isn’t just about social responsibility. It can also boost an organization’s ability to adapt, innovate, and access the talent they need.

In an article for Harvard Business Review, supply chain management experts used interviews and analysis to highlight why embracing diverse opinions, perspectives, and experiences can be so powerful:

“An inclusive procurement strategy widens the pool of potential suppliers and promotes competition in the supply base, which can improve product quality and drive down costs. And by providing more sourcing options, inclusiveness can make supply chains more resilient and agile—an increasingly important advantage in these uncertain times.”

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