Caesars is committed to procuring its goods, products and services from a diversified pool of vendors, contractors and professional service providers, and working with developing businesses to help them grow.
The Supplier Diversity team partners with Diversity and Inclusion to implement supplier diversity initiatives, support participation at local, regional and national supplier diversity conferences, and monitor supplier diversity key performance indicators and metrics.
Advancing Diverse Suppliers
The Supplier Diversity Department reports up to the Vice President of Procurement, Jessica Rosman. Team leader Bridget Carter along with Shakira Garcia in the Easter Region and Michael Ruffin in the Southern Region manage the program around five pillars:
- Executive Leadership and Organizational Commitment/Support
- Clear Policies, Established roles and Responsibilities.
- Tools and Resources
- Measuring Success
- External Engagement
The Supplier Diversity team along with Strategic Sourcing representatives attend NMSDC, WBENC, NGLCC, USHCC, USPACC, and their regional affiliates to connect with qualified and certified suppliers for potential business opportunities. This focus on supplier diversity also helps us to produce positive economic impacts in the communities in which we operate and from which we obtain our employees.
We connect widely and deeply throughout the U.S. market to ensure MWDBE vendors know we welcome them and how to qualify for supplier status. We support a number of Chambers of Commerce that promote diverse suppliers, and we speak frequently at conferences and events designed to promote supplier diversity. We offer practical support to help diverse enterprises improve their overall and Caesars-related performance.
We continue to diversify our supplier base and procurement spend with MWDBEs (minority-owned, women-owned and disadvantaged business enterprises). Often, these companies require assistance to qualify as a Caesars’ supplier or to expand their business with us. We connect widely and deeply throughout the U.S. market to ensure MWDBE vendors who have an interest in doing business with us know how to qualify as a supplier and are aware of business opportunities with the company. We also support a number of Chambers of Commerce that promote diverse suppliers, and we speak frequently at conferences and events designed to promote supplier diversity. These efforts have proven to be most beneficial in helping diverse suppliers improve their overall business operations and Caesars-related performance.
Mentoring diverse businesses
We were delighted when Bridget Carter, our Supplier Diversity Manager, received the Woman of Power Award by The Quad County Urban League (QCUL) at their annual Women’s Empowerment Summit in early 2016. This honor recognizes Bridget’s tireless mentoring of women business owners and providing them with tools to improve their overall business with the casino and other industries. Bridget’s activity is part of a Mentor-Protégé Program maintained by Caesars as one of many tools and support processes designed to enhance the capabilities of the protégé and improve their ability to successfully compete for Caesars contracts. One of these is Seema Singh, CEO of Foodco USA, a woman-owned and operated, certified small business offering foodservice solutions to Caesars.
Expanding your business is always tough, and never more so than in the midst of a long-running economic slump. But enterprises like Caesars opened doors to minority entrepreneurs like us for business opportunities. It has helped grow our business in many ways, in increasing our volume purchases and bring down the cost so we could extend the savings to Caesars. Caesars has been a great addition to my profile and has helped me gain many other opportunities.
– Seema Singh, CEO, FOODCO USA