About RPI’s Program
In January 2006, President Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D. endorsed Rensselaer’s Small Business (Diversity) Policy. The policy expresses Rensselaer’s commitment to take proactive measures to include the small business community in our procurement processes, both research and non-research. The Purchasing department is responsible for the ongoing development, maintenance and growth of the Supplier Diversity Program.
The Supplier Diversity Program consists of three initiatives:
- Advocating for diversity businesses by:
- assisting these companies in learning how to do business with Rensselaer
- advising them on opportunities available from the Small Business Administration
- encouraging them to become certified
- Promoting the sourcing and use of diversity businesses by informing campus purchasers about these businesses
- Strengthening the Institute’s relationship with the Troy community by using local businesses when possible
Our commitment is to:
- promote and provide bidding opportunities for diversity business enterprises in order to increase competition and ultimately gain a better value for Rensselaer
- mentor diversity suppliers in Rensselaer’s business practices and in assistance available from the Small Business Administration
- provide purchasing opportunities to businesses located in Troy, NY to develop healthy relationships within our community
- explore every source when making a purchase for the Institute
Our role is to:
- act as a liaison between external businesses and Rensselaer departments seeking goods and services
- participate in events, trade shows, conferences and expositions that support supplier diversity
- host Rensselaer’s Annual Supplier Showcase, which provides an opportunity for Rensselaer’s faculty and staff to interact with many of our suppliers, including local, women and minority-owned businesses
- work with the PI to report progress to the appropriate agency and VP for Research
- maintain a process which ensures ongoing training for researchers, business managers, and the Purchasing staff.
- maintain a process which ensures ongoing evaluation and assessment of the Supplier Diversity Program.