History of Supplier Development & Diversity

History of Supplier Development & Diversity

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Boeing established a formal small business program in 1951. For more than 60 years, Boeing has demonstrated a history of excellence in the execution of our subcontracting efforts with small businesses.

In the late 1990’s, Boeing expanded the program focus to include women and minority-owned businesses. The initiative became known as Supplier Diversity to reflect this broader emphasis. Over the next decade our program evolved to begin the global supplier diversity journey.  Much of that was done through membership and engagement with the international affiliates of the National Minority Supplier Diversity Council (NMSDC) and Women Business Enterprise National Network (WBENC).  

Boeing has actively engaged with NMSDC affiliates in Australia, Canada, China, South Africa and the UK.  We have also been involved with, the WBENC affiliate, WEConnect International who services women-owned businesses in countries and regions outside of the United States.  Boeing was a founding member in several of these important business development organizations.

This long-standing subcontracting relationship with our small and diverse suppliers is affirmed in our corporate policy statements. Our organization is responsible for establishing and executing global supplier development and diversity program strategies and plans consistent with the Boeing Company’s business objectives and customer expectations. The program is viewed as a critical element of our strategic sourcing efforts in both government and commercial contracting environments.  It is aligned and integrated into our supply chain and directly supports our domestic and international business development pursuits.

We are a part of Manufacturing, Supply Chain and Operations (MSC&O), which provides leadership and oversight to ensure effective supplier development and diversity strategy execution across the enterprise.

We're proud of our diverse supply base, and committed to additional expansion. We recognize that our continued success depends on it.