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Introduction

VIRTUAL TRADE MISSION TO SOUTH AFRICA

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Global Supply Chains drive Supplier Diversity Globally

Leading Corporations have been instrumental in taking the concept of minority supplier development to many different parts of the world, encouraging other corporations (both related and unrelated to their respective value chains) to think about the global impact of an inclusive supply chain.  Over the years, collaboration around such efforts have resulted in the establishment of sustainable organisations in the US, Canada, UK, China, Australia and South Africa that champion supplier diversity and inclusive procurement in their respective countries.

A Global Ecosystem of Supplier Diversity support

The SASDC is proud to be associated with the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) in the USA, as well as the Global Supplier Diversity Alliance (GSDA - www.gsda.global), a global information network promoting minority supplier inclusion and comprises similar Councils in the Canada, UK, China and Australia.

The Purpose of GSDA is to:

  • Drive inclusion of Minority Business Enterprises across the world in corporate supply chains
  • Provide single point access to research, best practices around supplier diversity and a database of Minority Business Enterprises around the world
  • Give Minority Business Enterprises access to information, networks and business intelligence to go global
  • Bring together advocacy networks from across the world that champion and drive supplier diversity in individual countries
  • Develop a common global governance and delivery structure that effectively supports the global supplier diversity goals and objectives of multiple global partners

As the globalization of value chains continue to gather momentum, many corporations are working to make sure that their supplier diversity policies and practices are being implemented globally. In recognition thereof, we need to ensure that our resources and efforts are leveraged effectively to support our corporate members and Minority Business Enterprises with their aspirations of championing supplier diversity on a global level.

Despite the Covid-19 pandemic placing major constraints for international business travel, it is in line with this that the SASDC is excited to host its first Virtual Inbound Business Mission to South Africa from the 13th to 15th September 2021.