In advance of the MSDUK Conference and Awards event in London, IBM’s Head of Procurement for United Kingdom and Ireland Ross Mandiwall recently shared his thoughts about supplier diversity with Spend Matters. IBM is a sponsor of the 2016 MSDUK Conference and has been a WEConnect International global member for several years.
In his interview, Mandiwall states:
“IBM has a long history of supporting social issues globally, and was one of the first businesses to have a supplier diversity programme, starting in the US in 1968 and becoming global in 2010. We spend some $2.6 billion annually with diverse suppliers now…”
“I’m aiming to open doors for them that might not otherwise have been open, giving firms the opportunity to pitch their wares. Then it is up to them to bring their value and innovation to IBM.”