Supplier Diversity

Under the umbrella of Henry Ford Health System's Supply Chain Management, the supplier diversity initiative is designed to provide all suppliers, including women- and minority-owned, equal access to procurement and contracting opportunities within the organization. Using an inclusive and transparent sourcing process ensures Henry Ford maximizes its effort to seek the most talented innovative, experienced and cost-competitive suppliers available locally in the southeast Michigan area as well as the outstate areas.

Doing business with diverse suppliers makes a good business sense and helps the financial stability of many local communities where Henry Ford is delivering quality healthcare services. There are more than 300 active minority- and women-owned businesses included in Henry Ford's supply chain management database.

Nationally recognized diversity

Henry Ford Health System is recognized locally and nationally for its supplier diversity initiative and is considered "best practice" among the healthcare industry. Locally, the Michigan Minority Business Development Council (MMBDC) has twice recognized Henry Ford as the Health Care Sector Corporation of the Year, and five times awarded Henry Ford with the Corporate ONE Award. DiversityInc has ranked Henry Ford #8 and #10 in the country among global companies such as UPS, Proctor and Gamble and Coca Cola.

Premier, Inc., a national group purchasing organization, twice awarded Henry Ford with its diversity award from among its 2,200-member hospitals and health systems.

Henry Ford Health System is a vital and active member of the MMBDC, which is designed to bring minority businesses and corporations together for a common goal - to create business opportunities for minority businesses that have historically been excluded from major corporate contracts.

In 2010 and beyond, supplier diversity at Henry Ford Health System will remain strong in its business partnerships and be open to doing business with any and all qualified businesses that can offer quality products and services at competitive prices including those businesses which historically have been overlooked.

In addition, Henry Ford will expand its supplier diversity beyond supplies and equipment to include in sourcing opportunities in various operational areas and business units.