About the Supplier Diversity Alliance Canada (SDAC)

About the SDAC

Supplier Diversity Alliance Canada (SDAC) was established in 2016 for the intention of advancing supplier diversity in Canada.  SDAC seeks to provide support, guidance and consultation to stakeholders on the direct impacts of developing and applying effective inclusive procurement policies and practices.

Collaborating and aligning efforts in key areas, SDAC strives to improve economic opportunities for diverse certified suppliers from across the country.  SDAC focuses on three core activities: Advocacy, Research, and Learning.

The three member organizations of the SDAC include: 

The three member organizations are all incorporated not-for profit Canadian organizations with a national scope.  It is anticipated that other categories of diverse suppliers may be represented in the future.

SDAC encourages participation from organizations focused on driving economic opportunities for diverse-owned businesses through supplier diversity activities.

What is Supplier diversity?

​Supplier Diversity is defined as reaching out to groups not traditionally included or underrepresented in the supply chain or within the purchasing process of major corporations or governments.  Some underrepresented groups include LGBT, women, visible minority, aboriginal business owners, people with disabilities and Veterans. By procuring goods and services from these diverse suppliers, organizations and governments are creating value in historically disadvantaged communities through job creation, tax dollar generation, economic empowerment, and increased spending power amongst these communities. It has since become apparent that there are other benefits, such as innovation, flexibility, cost savings, etc.

Supplier Diversity has been an active program in the USA for more than 40 years and has legislation to support it at federal, state, and municipal levels.  Many major corporations support Supplier Diversity in Canada, and have been actively building and establishing their programs over the past 10 years.  In April 2016, the City of Toronto was the first government body in Canada to put a program in place.

Supplier diversity benefits include:

  • Helps businesses and governments connect with their communities
  • Drives innovation through new perspectives
  • Builds a reputation in diverse communities
  • Builds prosperity in targeted communities
  • Levels the playing field
  • Increases market penetration in diversity markets, driving social and economic benefits in targeted communities

Supplier Diversity encourages economic development and innovation by

  • Allowing the small and medium businesses which have the best economic multipliers to grow quickly
  • Bring underrepresented groups into Canadian business
  • Enhancing competition among suppliers, while encouraging innovation
  • Building capacity in the Canadian economy
  • Creating stronger ties to the LGBT, Aboriginal, minority, women’s, people with disabilities and Veteran’s communities
  • Create employment in minority communities: minority owned and operating business statistically hire a greater number of minority employees
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