Partners Healthcare Supplier Diversity Program Promotes Business Inclusion

February 2019

On Feb. 20, Partners Healthcare welcomed diverse business owners to their campus for a business opportunity fair, as part of an outreach effort for their Supplier Diversity Program. HealthNET was among 100 minority, women, and/or veteran-owned business representatives who were in attendance.

Created in 2004, Partners’ Supplier Diversity Program is designed to extend their mission of community outreach while attracting a diverse group of suppliers to engage in the procurement process. The program currently has over 3,000 certified/categorized Historically Underserved Businesses.

Matt Fishman, Vice President of Community Health at Partners, provided a brief summary of the Supplier Diversity initiative. Partners represents $1 billion a year in capital expenditures and has 75,000 employees nationwide, Fishman said.   

“If Partners can be more intentional in how we do business, we can all benefit,” Fishman said. That’s why Partners is being more mindful about focusing on “economic opportunity as a key component of economic activity,” he added.

To better execute upon their initiative, Partners joined forces with several group purchasing organizations (GPOs), as well as the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce (GBCC). In 2018, the GBCC launched a similar diversity initiative called Pacesetters.

HealthNET is excited about the work Partners, participating GPOs, and GBCC are doing to make inclusion a key business priority, and hope to see more organizations follow suit.

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Photo: Panel members (from left to right): Hank Seemore, Director, Cash Management & Commercial Banking, Partners Healthcare; Reiner Moquete, CEO, Advoqt Technology Group; Glynn Lloyd, Executive Director, Business Equity Initiative, Eastern Bank; and Gordon Thompson, President/CEO, WestNet field audience questions during a discussion on  how businesses can get their foot in the door with large organizations.