UK, 18th August 2022: As a champion and trailblazer in supplier diversity, MSDUK celebrates its 16th year. The MSDUK Conference & Awards take place from the 7th to 9th September 2022. MSDUK has worked with over 200 global brands and more than 3000 Ethnic Minority Businesses (EMBs), introducing hundreds of new ideas, products and supply chain solutions, and securing £735 million worth of business for EMBs.
Looking back to 2006, when MSDUK was formed, the progression over the last 16 years is humbling, says Mayank Shah, Founder & CEO, Minority Supplier Development UK (MSDUK).
“It’s great to see how far we have progressed and even more so to see how supplier diversity has now taken centre stage in corporate procurement strategies. 2022 has seen over 50 global and British companies join MSDUK and open up many new opportunities for ethnic minority businesses. Supplier diversity programmes help addresses the issue of economic inequality and encourage entrepreneurship in under-represented communities.”
MSDUK is proud to champion the best of British EMBs and work with progressive global corporations that understand the value of supply chain inclusion and diversity.
The largest Supplier Diversity Conference in the UK & Europe showcases the best of Supplier Diversity Programmes and Ethnic Minority Businesses.
The MSDUK Conference & Awards 2022 debates, discusses, and finds solutions to embed supplier diversity, sustainability and economic inclusion into corporate strategy and purpose. The Conference will have speakers and panellists, including the Chief Procurement Officers, procurement professionals and Supplier Diversity leaders from over 100corporate brands. We also expect over 700 of the most innovative and successful ethnic minority businesses to exhibit and attend the Conference.
The government is making inroads with their Diversity and Inclusion Forum. This sets the expectation for businesses to give a natural consideration of diversity and inclusion by 2023. But what would that look like for supplier diversity?
“For me, the promised land would be for organisations to talk about supplier diversity strategy in the same way that they do for finance or HR,” says Mayank, “That every person in the organisation understands the implications of supplier diversity and the value that this can bring to the business.”
The Conference will kick off on 7th September in Luton Hoo with the International Day, then move to QEII in London for the 8th, then the business show on 9th September. The Business Awards Dinner will take place on 8th September at Old Billingsgate. The conference attracts sponsors from well known global brands, including CBRE, Barclays, Bristol Myers Squibb, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Johnson & Johnson, Accenture, GSK, Unilever, Goldman Sachs, Intel and many more.
“Well managed supplier diversity is can be extremely beneficial to corporates in terms of cost and expanding the supply chain, but often it’s challenging to know where to begin. If anyone reading this is thinking, but as a business, where do we start with supplier diversity? Either contact us or perhaps join us at the MSDUK Conference and Awards in September. It’s a great opportunity to hear from some of industries’ highest level procurement specialists, including Accenture, Unilever, Barclays, EY, Diageo, BMS, Sony Pictures, WPP, GSK, Agile One, Fidelity, Co-Op, and many more. It’s a great way to start conversations about diversity in business.”
The MSDUK Awards will be presented by Sir Lenny Henry CBE. The MSDUK Conference host is Publicist, speaker, entrepreneur and author Jessica Huie MBE. the MSDUK conference takes place from the 7th to 9th September 2022. Tickets can be booked here https://www.msdukconference.co.uk/