Does the University prioritize the use of minority or women owned businesses?
No, Washington State law prevents such programs that would give priority to some businesses over others. State Initiative I-200 prohibits discrimination and preferential treatment toward any entity. Visit State Initiative I-200 for more information
Why supplier diversity?
The purpose of supplier diversity is to diversify institutional purchasing by spending with more small and local suppliers
This ties in with several University diversity initiatives such as the University of Washington’s Diversity Blueprint and Diversity Action Plan
How does this apply to my department?
Each department has a budget to make purchases using state funds, supplier diversity allows for those funds to benefit the community by choosing to spend with local businesses
Local businesses can be more expensive to purchase from.
By purchasing with local businesses we are strengthening our relationship with the community we are a part of and showing our involvement
Local businesses often have local suppliers they purchase from which helps reduce our overall carbon footprint
How do I find the supplier I am looking for?
Our website has lists of diverse and local supplier that fit your purchasing needs; such as caterers, florists, and office suppliers