Supplier Diversity Champions program, powered by The US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation (USPAACC), will officially launch in January 2023 to acknowledge and celebrate the "unsung heroes" of supplier diversity.
Supplier Diversity Champions ("SD Champions") program breaks new ground in the realm of supplier diversity by including applications from any U.S.-based corporation, opening the doors for equitable recognition of supplier diversity programs at varying levels of maturity. The SD Champions program advanced by USPAACC represents a purposeful shift away from awards solely based on a corporation's ability to spend and moves toward a new emphasis that encourages transparency, innovation, inclusion, impact on the community, and integration in supplier diversity programs.
"By recognizing the unsung heroes of supplier diversity, our SD Champions program is a game changer. We're moving beyond corporate spending and looking more holistically toward transparency, innovation, inclusion, impact on the community, and integration of supplier diversity initiatives in their entirety. We believe that supplier diversity is critical to the success of our nation's economy and contributes to the health, security, and stability of the global supply chain," USPAACC National President and CEO Susan Au Allen said.
"While our program will accept applications beginning January of 2023, we've already received an incredibly positive response to our program from corporations and national certification organizations who want to be part of this effort. This program will draw a new skyline for building and recognizing the true champions of supplier diversity. USPAACC is excited to see our SD Champions program officially open in January and grow beyond the skyline," USPAACC National President and CEO Susan Au Allen stated.
The SD Champions program is supported by USPAACC's chamber partners Disability:IN, NaVOBA, NVBDC, US Black Chambers, and WBENC, respectively. For more details about the Supplier Diversity Champions program, call or email USPAACC at (202) 735-3632, [email protected], or visit the website http://supplierdiversitychampions.us/.
Founded in 1984 in the nation’s Capital, the US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation (USPAACC) is the most established and effective national nonprofit nonpartisan organization representing all Asian American and Asian American-related groups in business, sciences, the arts, sports, education, public and community services. Our mission is to promote and propel economic growth and job creation by opening doors to business and professional opportunities for Asian Americans and their partners in corporations, government at the federal, state and local levels, and the small, minority and diverse business communities. For 35 years, USPAACC has served and will continue to serve as the unified voice for equal opportunity in business for Asian Americans, as the gateway to corporate and government contracts, to Asian American suppliers, and information about Asian Americans and the Asia-Pacific and Indian Subcontinent markets.
Our signature annual thought-leadership programs include: College Hallmark Scholarship Program that began in 1989, One-on-One Prescheduled Business Matchmaking Meetings in 1998, Supplier Diversity & Procurement Leadership Caucus in 2004, Federal Contracting Town Hall Meetings in 2005, Fast 100 Asian American Businesses in 2008, Business Executive Coaching: ReadySetGrow in 2011, Chief Procurement Officers Forum in 2011, What’s Your Pitch Innovation Competitions in 2015, Chief Technology & Information Officers Forum in 2017, and Corporate Employee Business Resource Group Leadership Caucus in 2017.
Headquartered in Washington DC, USPAACC reaches Asian American businesses nationwide through regional chapters in California, Texas, New York, Georgia, Illinois and the Washington DC-Maryland-Virginia National Capital Area.
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SD Champions provides tools to nurture corporate, government, and large nonprofit supplier diversity programs, while also encouraging and supporting the certification and development of the small and diverse businesses that make these programs a reality.