Supplier Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Program

    Our approach to the selection, engagement, and management of underrepresented business in countries where we work.

    Going further together. It’s just good business. 

    Innovation starts with supplier diversity. Kelly should know. For more than 75 years, we’ve had a deep and growing commitment to providing equal opportunity to all businesses. The Kelly Supplier Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (SDE&I) program helps companies around the globe become stronger supply and staffing partners—and enjoy access to greater business rewards.      

    Every day we leverage hundreds of diverse staffing organizations worldwide, both as partners and as subcontractors, to support our customers’ various diversity initiatives. Our SDE&I strategy expands to our global supplier network and their workforce, providing resources and opportunities for growing their revenue and spurring economic development.

    Through best practice sharing, benchmarking, and industry guidelines, we have developed a robust supplier diversity process that delivers millions of dollars of diverse spend annually while also maintaining recruitment, talent pool, and service requirements. 

    SDE&I program goals

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    Develop diverse companies into strong supply and staffing partners.

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    Facilitate diverse suppliers in gaining access to greater business awards.

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    Add value to the supply chain by delivering the best talent to our customers.

    Connecting diverse suppliers to the global economy.

    In 2022, our diverse global supplier network connected approximately 480 certified small and diverse suppliers to business opportunities, promoting the economic development of minority communities. This represents 36% of our expenditures going toward minority, women, and other underrepresented groups. 

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    Supplier Requirements and Qualifications

    Supplier requirements:              

    •  M/W/D/BE certification  
    • Technology proficient
    • Financial solidity  
    • Insurance coverage  
    • Quality service delivery  
    • Geographic scope    

    Supplier qualifications:

    To qualify as a U.S. diverse supplier, a company must be at least 51% owned, managed, and controlled by U.S. citizens who are classified as one of the following: 

    • African American 
    • Hispanic American 
    • Native American 
    • Asian-Pacific American 
    • Asian-Indian American 
    • Woman Owned 
    • Disabled Veteran 
    • Small Disadvantaged 
    • Persons With a Disability 
    • LGBTQ+

    Kelly identifies and verifies diverse businesses through the following organizations and affiliations: 

    Awards and Recognition for Supplier Diversity 

    • 2023 Best-in-Class for Excellence in Supplier Diversity Award from the Great Lakes Women’s Business Council
    • 2023 ACE Award for Professional Services & Staffing from the Michigan Minority Supplier Diversity Council
    • 2023 Global Champion for Supplier Diversity & Inclusion Award from WEConnect International
    • 2023 Global Impact Sourcing Award from IAOP
    • 2023 Global Outsourcing 100 Award from IAOP

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