In alignment with the Penn Compact 2020, Purchasing Services strives to bring inclusiveness to Penn's supply chain. Purchasing Services' Economic Inclusion efforts focus on two categories of suppliers:
Its approach to economic inclusion is centered around certain key elements:
Economic Inclusion Plenary Committee
Vital to its connection to the community is Purchasing Services' participation on the University’s Economic Inclusion Plenary Committee. The Plenary Committee - made up of Penn leaders as well as community partners - provides strategic oversight and direction regarding Penn's economic inclusion objectives. A subset to the Plenary Committee is the Procurement Working Committee for Economic Inclusion. The Working Committee brings together Purchasing Services and its sourcing professionals with community partners including the African American Chamber of Commerce, Asian American Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise Center, Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Netter Center for Community Partnerships, University City District, Wharton Small Business Development Center, and Wharton Social Impact Initiative. Through the Committee’s continued engagement, members collectively work to drive economic impact in neighboring areas around campus, the City and the region while valuing diversity in the University’s supply chain.