MSDUK conference and awards dinner – next week

The MSDUK Conference and Awards Dinner takes place next week; October 16th at the  Grange Tower Bridge Hotel, London. MSDUK has played a leadership role in supplier diversity in the UK since 2006, working to encourage companies to provide access to supply chain opportunities and engage with ethnic minority-owned businesses. Every two years the organisation holds its conference, exhibition and business awards, and this time they are expecting over 500 delegates, which is pretty impressive stuff.

The conference agenda suggests that the supplier diversity movement has reached a serious level of maturity, with sessions sponsored by big names such as GlaxoSmithKlein, HP, Ernst and Young, IBM, Cummins and Accenture. These are not airy-fairy organisations that support supplier diversity because of a vague sense of doing good; they believe it will increase shareholder value. As we’ve commented before, this comes from finding and engaging with the best suppliers to work with, which in turn means being open to suppliers of all types, shapes and sizes.

Supporting supplier diversity also plays well with customer groups; and for firms such as HP and Accenture, with significant public sector business, it also shows that they are outward looking and interested in promoting wider social and economic benefit in their supply chains.

After the conference, in the evening, there is a dinner and awards programme, hosted by the excellent Colin Jackson – I assume that is the hurdler and TV presenter rather than the Colin Jackson I was at school with? But most of all, I love the evening programme laid out here; apparently Mayank Shah, the CEO of MSDUK is going to speak from 22.27 to 22.30. Shouldn’t you be a bit more precise, Mayank?

And here is a list of the finalists for the awards – well done to them and good luck on the night. Some tickets are still available for the conference and / or the evening, so take a look here if you are interested.

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