Is Staples program different than diversity supplier programs at other office supply providers?
If so, how? Yes, this is a unique supplier diversity program in that Staples is partnering with multiple MWBE suppliers, rather than one supplier which is the industry’s traditional model. Staples’ multi-partner model helps our customers reach their MWBE spending goals and helps the business development of MWBE companies. In addition, Staples works closely with the National Minority Supplier Development Council and local councils to develop this innovative program which helps keep business dollars within partners’ local communities. How does Staples select companies to partner with? Staples is partnering with MWBEs that have: • expertise in office products, • demonstrated high-quality service to customers, • been in operation for at least 10 years, • demonstrated commitments to minority business development (e.g., diverse workforce) and to their local communities. • active participation by senior management Staples works closely with the National Minority Supplier Development Council a