San Francisco, California (March 2, 2020) — Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) announced on Monday its annual diverse supplier spend of $3.41 billion last year or 41 percent of total procurement. This is the eighth straight year the company’s diverse spend reached greater than $2 billion and the seventh straight year it exceeded 40 percent of total procurement.
Diverse suppliers are classified as women, minority, disadvantaged, veteran, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) business enterprise (WMDVLGBTBE).
The historic achievement was a major highlight in PG&E’s 2019 Supplier Diversity Annual Report filed with the California Public Utilities Commission. The document presented in great detail the 2019 Annual Report and 2020 Annual Plan for supplier diversity, as well as program information and resources–including some best practices for implementing a successful supplier diversity program:
In 2019, PG&E supplier diversity activities included:
- Establishing officer-level supplier diversity goals for each line of business
- Leading cross-functional teams to achieve supplier diversity goals
- Tracking and reporting monthly supplier diversity spend results
- Advancing and implementing diverse business development strategies
- Collaborating with internal departments, community-based and diverse business organizations
- Sharing upcoming contract opportunities with the WMDVLGBTBE community
- Responding to WMDVLGBTBE prospective supplier inquiries
- Managing technical assistance and supplier development initiatives
- Offering training and resources to suppliers to promote diverse and ethical supply chains that are:
- Environmentally sustainable
- Coordinating and participating in supplier diversity outreach events
- Collaborating with community-based organizations to strengthen small and diverse businesses
- Ensuring compliance with General Order 156 (which outlines program guidelines to promote utility recruitment and use of women and minority-owned business enterprises)
According to the report, PG&E asked its officers from each line of business to appoint Supply Chain Responsibility LOB Champions to advocate for and support supplier diversity within their organization.
The LOB Champions contributed to the annual goal-setting process, shared monthly results with their senior leadership, and participated in ongoing diverse supplier development and outreach. In addition, the group of engaged employees met regularly with the Supply Chain Responsibility and Sourcing team members to discuss cross-functional goal achievement strategies. (Source: PG&E 2019 Supplier Diversity Annual Report, Pages 6- 7)
PG&E is a Corporate Member of the Women’s Business Enterprise Council Pacific (WBEC Pacific) and has actively supported Women Business Enterprise certification, development and business growth.
The PG&E Supplier Diversity program provides vital opportunities for businesses owned by women, minorities, service-disabled veterans and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals. Supplier diversity and inclusion continues to be a core value at PG&E, as it has been for nearly 40 years.
For more information on PG&E’s Supplier Diversity program, visit: www.pge.com/supplychainresponsibility