Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh recently signed an executive order to add “LGBTQ-owned businesses into the city’s supplier diversity program, the Baltimore Sun reported.” This action makes Baltimore the largest city “to include LGBTQ-owned businesses in a diversity program, Jonathan D. Lovitz, senior vice president of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce, told the Sun.” Other cities with similar programs include Jersey City and Hoboken in New Jersey.
The move is historical and, with the cultural climate of America, caused a bit of a stir on social media. In fact, I actually learned of the move when searching for “supplier diversity” within the Twitter platform and seeing so many comments both positive and negative about it. As is normal, much of the negative comments are from the misinformed, considering supplier diversity as a quota initiative, which it is not.
Supplier diversity is a procurement strategy that a city or corporation can employ to better reflect the community or customer base within a supply chain.
According to The Blaze, the recent move from Baltimore will most likely prompt other cities to do the same. I would look for progressive cities on the west and southern regions to follow suit in the next two years, which could make LGBTQ businesses the next in line to be included on a national platform for supplier diversity initiatives.