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Economic Inclusion
Economic Inclusion

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:

  • Local Suppliers - those suppliers with locations in West Philadelphia as well as those within the broader City of Philadelphia
  • Diversity Suppliers - those suppliers that are minority-owned, woman-owned, or hold other diversity classifications (e.g. Protected Veteran, LGBTQ)

Its approach to economic inclusion is centered around certain key elements:

  • Community Engagement – participating regularly in events and forums to ensure close connection with the community and the supply base
  • Partnerships – collaborating with internal and external partners to mutually advance inclusion efforts
  • Active Supplier Promotion – managing systems and programs to actively promote local and diversity suppliers
  • Goal-setting, Measuring and Reporting – setting economic inclusion goals, measuring performance, and reporting performance to leadership and the community

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, City of Philadelphia Office of Economic Opportunity, Economy League of Greater Philadelphia, Enterprise Center, Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Independence Business Alliance, 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.

Penn Supplier Diversity Forum & Expo

Members of the University’s buying community along with suppliers, local agencies, and organizations from across campus and throughout Philadelphia will come together on Thursday, June 20 for this year’s Supplier Diversity Forum & Expo. The event will focus on “Advancing Supplier Diversity and Inclusion Through Collaboration.”


11 a.m. – 12 Noon

College Hall, Room 200

Poster Sessions by several community organizations will be conducted prior to the Forum from 10:30 – 11:00 a.m.


12 Noon – 2 p.m.

College Green

Locust Walk

Registration is required to gain access to the Forum as well as the Expo’s tented area and is available at

The Penn Supplier Diversity Forum & Expo is hosted by the University of Pennsylvania under the auspices of the Offices of the President, Executive Vice President, Government & Community Affairs, and the Division of Business Services.