We believe it’s essential to give diverse suppliers equal access to partnerships with Cintas so we can successfully strengthen our supply chain, enhance our value as a company and drive a competitive advantage. We’re also continuing to diversify our supply chain because the face of our markets is ever changing and it’s our responsibility to accurately reflect those changes.
Partnering with diverse suppliers not only bolsters needed economic inclusion, it helps us to understand and better serve our marketplace that is itself richly diverse.
Cintas spent over $182 million with minority and women owned businesses in fiscal year 2015, which totaled 10.65% of external domestic spend. We’re proud of those numbers but we know it’s about more than simply surpassing our spend goals. It’s about strengthening the communities we serve.
Advancing diversity throughout our supply chain is a focus throughout Cintas—starting at the top. President and COO Phillip Holloman chairs the company’s Supplier Diversity Executive Steering Committee and 35 executive-level members make up its body. Committee members are action-oriented change agents who are charged with aligning employee-partners on the enormous value and competitive advantage of supplier diversity. Our efforts and progress are shared at quarterly committee meetings, and further goals to make Cintas a world-class supplier diversity organization are defined.
Cintas is a member of the National Minority Supplier Development Council and the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. Dave Wheeler, Senior Vice President - Global Supply Chain, serves on the Executive Committee, is chair of its Programs Committee and was recognized by MBN USA Magazine as a 2015 “Best of the Decade” Chief Purchasing Officer.
Cintas invests in the long-term sustainability of diverse suppliers and women owned business' through several intensive development courses. Cintas works with regional advocacy groups to offer these trainings so that business owners are confident in their skills to strategically and successfully approach potential clients. We’ve offered training to more than 1,000 suppliers across the country in the last six years and, according to advocacy groups, Cintas is directly benefitting communities.