How ExxonMobil Encourages Supplier Participation And Promotes Diversity
As part of its procurement process¹ and protocols for supplier qualification, ExxonMobil trains procurement staff to conduct pre-qualification assessments, to help establish a supplier’s capacity to provide the required materials or services. Suppliers are vetted for their operational, technical, and financial performance, with anti-corruption due diligence checks for suppliers in relevant countries.
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Through its US supplier diversity database, ExxonMobil invites US businesses owned by groups with low representation to become registered suppliers. The company also works with WEConnect International, an organisation that identifies, educates, registers, and certifies businesses outside the United States which are at least 51 percent owned, managed, and controlled by one or more women.
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During the worldwide supply chain disruptions precipitated by COVID-19, diverse and small businesses have been delivering tremendous value, rising to the challenge of meeting urgent needs. For example, Zigma, a WEConnect certified woman-owned business in Africa, supplied personal protective equipment (PPE), Trophykart, a woman-owned business in India, provided fabric face masks, and CFJ Manufacturing, a woman-owned business, supplied more than 10,000 digital thermometers.
1. “Supply chain management”, ExxonMobil