Supplier Inclusion & Development

2020 SUSTAINABILITY REPORT : Collapsed

Our Supplier Inclusion & Development program drives the growth of diverse businesses. Our goal is to grow our partnerships to promote their economic growth. We’re committed to achieving face-to-face involvement that fosters a direct connection with diverse suppliers supported by our membership in national advocacy organizations, including Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, National Minority Supplier Development Council, National LGBT Chamber of Commerce, Disability:IN, and National Veteran Business Development Council.

Supplier Inclusion & Development is integrated within Global Procurement so that we can closely interact with sourcing professionals and business stakeholders to include diverse suppliers in our supply chain.

One of MetLife’s diverse suppliers, En Pointe, featured pre-pandemic.

To support MetLife with personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements, we partnered with businesses like Consolidated Marketing Services (CMS), a small women-owned business located in Somerville, Massachusetts. In addition to providing MetLife with PPE, CMS helped MetLife make virtual events and conferences more exciting by sourcing and sending location-specific gifts to individuals attending MetLife events.

We also teamed up with our diversity partner organizations as they shifted to virtual platforms to deliver conferences, networking opportunities, matchmaking, and business pitch competitions. The virtual environment didn’t deter us from finding qualified diverse businesses that could potentially provide the products or services that MetLife is looking to purchase.

Here is how we continued to support our suppliers during the pandemic:

  • We expanded our educational sponsorships to include virtual development programs for Diverse Business Partners and increased our sponsorship of Disability: IN, which provides business development scholarships for business owners.
  • We partnered with a small business to develop a leadership succession seminar, developing potential leaders to sustain diverse ownership and maintain critical business relationships.
  • We continued our collaboration with MetLife National Accounts to strengthen our supplier diversity position in our customers’ markets.

     

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