Supplier Diversity Program

Kelly’s Supplier Diversity Development (KSDD) program supports our comprehensive approach to the selection, engagement, and management of Underrepresented Business in countries where we conduct business. KSDD processes and programs are truly unique and designed to support our clients’ Tier I and Tier II diversity initiatives. Kelly utilizes diverse, underrepresented companies as both teaming partners and subcontractors. We encourage certified diverse companies (in countries where applicable), to partner with us in providing staffing solutions to our customers across a variety of business disciplines.

Read Kelly's Diversity Vision, Mission and Commitment Statement

Through Supplier Diversity Development, it is Kelly’s policy to:

  • Encourage and assist Minority, Women, Small, and Service Disabled Veteran, Veteran Own, and other Underrepresented businesses globally.
  • Develop underrepresented companies into strong supply and staffing partners
  • Facilitate underrepresented suppliers in gaining access to greater business awards in every country Kelly conducts business.

Supplier Partnerships

Our program is supported through two principle methods:

  • Kelly Procurement Solutions – established in 1990 to include the company’s product and service needs and enables Kelly to develop relationships with diverse companies as strategic vendors.
  • Workforce Solutions – formalized in 1991 as an extension of our purchasing initiatives. This program is designed to facilitate the delivery of staffing solutions by utilizing MWDBEs and other underrepresented businesses as teaming partners and/or subcontractors.

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
  • Lesbian Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ)

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

Awards and Recognition for Supplier Diversity

  • Corporation of the Year Award in Professional Services from the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC)
  • World Excellence Award from Ford Motor Company
  • Corporate Citizenship of the Year from Bausch & Lomb
  • Excellence Award for Diversity from Microsoft
  • Corporate Citizenship Award from Ford Motor Company
  • Supplier Diversity Innovation Award from GlaxoSmithKline
  • Excellence in Innovation from Diversity Journal
  • Corporate One Award from the Michigan Minority Business Development Council (MMBDC) 
  • Supplier Diversity Partnership Award from Johnson & Johnson
  • Top 25 Corporate Champion for Women Businesses from the Women’s Business Enterprise Alliance (WBEA)
  • Corporation of the Year (nomination) by the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC)