The SASDC aims to contribute to meaningful and sustainable economic transformation and inclusiveness, and to the leader and authority on strategies for supplier diversity. The primary goal of the SASDC is to promote supplier diversity by encouraging, supporting and assisting its member corporations to open up business opportunities and progressively increase the transactions with certified black-owned businesses. Participation by black owned companies in South Africa`s corporate supply chains of remain alarmingly low. Our members sign a code of conduct committing to identify and provide access to procurement opportunities for black owned suppliers.
Who We Are
The SASDC is a corporate-led initiative bringing together like-minded private sector companies to promote supplier diversity as a business strategy to achieve competitiveness and long term sustainability. We are an independent not-for-profit organization by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), under a Strategic Partnership Agreement with the Department of Trade and Industry of the Republic of South Africa.
Members are like-minded private sector corporations, state-owned enterprises and universities that are committed to supplier diversity. The founding members of the Council are:
- Anglo American
- Bidvest Afcom
- De Beers Consolidated Mines
- Johnson Controls Inc.
- Rand Water
The SASDC may be the first organization of its kind in South Africa, but supplier diversity is not a new business strategy. The SASDC is linked as an affiliate of the Global Link Partnership Network to similar organisations in the USA, Canada, UK, China and Australia. This global network is comprised of the Supply Nation (formerly the Australian Indigenous Minority Supplier Council), Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council (CAMSC), Minority Supplier Development China, Minority Supplier Development UK (MSDUK) and the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) in the USA.