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Supplier Diversity

The University of Richmond’s Supplier Diversity Program is designed to mirror the University’s commitment to a diverse and inclusive campus community by providing support for certified women- or minority-owned business enterprises (WMBE). Supplier diversity will become a standard business practice for the University of Richmond.

The University will actively engage and encourage qualified businesses to participate in the procurement activities of the University, and will expect its contractors to adopt similar strategies of inclusion. All individuals involved in the procurement decision-making process are required to diversify sourcing opportunities to include WMBE-certified businesses, regardless of the funding source. However, the University will not favor any WMBE supplier solely on the basis of their status. All suppliers will be evaluated using the same criteria and will be expected to adhere to the same conditions as all University suppliers. Diverse and non-diverse suppliers alike will be required to demonstrate their firm’s professionalism, ability to compete, quality of their products, and commitment to customer service and operational excellence.