History of Supplier Development & Diversity

History of Supplier Development & Diversity

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Boeing established a formal small business program in 1951. It is interesting to note that the U.S. Small Business Administration wasn't established until 1953. For over 60 years, Boeing has demonstrated a history of excellence in the execution of our subcontracting efforts with small businesses.

In the late 90’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 actually founding members 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 the newly formed Manufacturing, Supply Chain and Operations (MSC&O) organization which provides leadership and oversight to ensure effective supplier development and diversity strategy execution across the enterprise. All of the supplier development and diversity professionals enterprise-wide are assigned to the MSC&O organization which reports directly to the Boeing CEO.  Other functional organizations such as Business Operations, Engineering, Quality, Contracts and Finance are key contributors to the effectiveness of our supplier development and diversity programs.

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