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Supplier Diversity Is Key to Doing Business in the Global Century

As Boeing increasingly focuses on its core competencies in high-end design, engineering and systems integration, we need suppliers that are highly focused on their own core competencies, continually striving to create additional value in everything they do. Small and diverse companies have proved in competition that they bring innovation, flexibility and strength to our supply base, as well as a passion for helping Boeing deliver the strongest possible solutions to our own customers.

At The Boeing Company, we know that diversity brings strength, innovation and flexibility to our supply base. Tapping the skills and technologies available within the community of small and diverse businesses is vital to maintaining our position as the premier aerospace company in the world.


History of Supplier Diversity at Boeing

Boeing has had an established, formal small business and supplier diversity program in place since 1951. You might be interested in knowing that the Small Business Administration wasn't even established until 1953.

But even before that, Boeing success was built on diversity.

In 1916, the year of the company's founding, Wang Zhu was the first chief engineer hired by Boeing. Wang was born in Beijing. He studied aeronautical engineering at Armstrong Technical College in London and Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston. His work designing a seaplane for the U.S. Navy laid the groundwork for a generation of new airplanes.

Throughout the years, Boeing has sought and found creative ways to promote opportunities for small businesses and we work with our first-tier suppliers to ensure that they too develop opportunities for diverse suppliers.

We're proud of our diverse supply base, and are committed to expanding it further. We know that our continuing success depends on it.


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