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Economic Inclusion
Economic Inclusion

The University of Pennsylvania, located in a lively, diverse neighborhood in West Philadelphia, has a long-standing commitment to local and diverse procurement. In the 1980s Penn launched its Buy West Philadelphia initiative aimed at advancing local purchasing efforts. Over the years, the road traveled has been paved with stories about meaningful connections between suppliers and University buyers, valued collaboration among community organizations and peer institutions, and a deep and abiding commitment to further extend Penn’s economic footprint into a vibrant and diverse local community.

Penn’s Supplier Diversity & Inclusion Program serves to ensure that: 1) procurement processes and systems identify and promote local and diverse suppliers; 2) relationships with valued local and diversity partners are cultivated and nurtured; 3) goals are thoughtfully set, and 4) impact is measured and the program and held to account.

Penn’s intentionally inclusive procurement efforts continue to deliver positive outcomes for the University and the local and diverse suppliers that do business with Penn, helping to build wealth and foster prosperity within the neighboring community.

Economic Inclusion Plenary Committee

Vital to its collaborative efforts and its connection to the greater Philadelphia business 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 of PA-NJ-DE, Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia, City of Philadelphia's Office of Economic Opportunity, the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia, Enterprise Center, Independence Business Alliance, Netter Center for Community Partnerships, University City District, West Philadelphia Corridor Collaborative, and Wharton Social Impact Initiative. Through both Committees' 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.