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Supplier Diversity and Sustainability

Procurement for the Common Good: Expenditure of Funds that Reflect the University’s Mission and Values

The University considers the prudent expenditure of funds to be an important responsibility and reflective of the University’s mission and the Marianist values.  The University is uniquely positioned to foster partnerships in the local and global community.  Thus, the University views its purchasing decisions as opportunities to choose environmentally and socially preferable products and services, to support vendors with strong commitments to sustainability, to support the local economy, and to pursue the common good.

University of Dayton is committed to increase Small, Minority, and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (SMWBE) spend. Our goal is to grow expenditures to 20% for Minority and/or Woman-owned Business Enterprises (MWBE) with a minimum of 25% for Small Business Enterprises (SBE) over the next 5 years. We will continue to to emphasize partnerships with local suppliers.

 2020/2021 Year in Review

  • Set University supplier diversity goals
  • Established Procurement Advisory Council
  • Defined inclusion standard as part of the integrated procurement system
  • Provided University training to over 50 campus buyers through the Inclusive Excellence Academy
  • Partipated in 6 virtual supplier diversity and sustainability presentations and panels
  • Built supplier database of over 1,300 small and diverse businesses
  • Revised procurement work process to review 100% of purchase requisitions and assign diversity, sustainability and human rights attributes
Pandemic Response Highlight

Mark One Manufacturing, Minster, OH

Mark One Manufacturing — UD's supplier for alcohol wipes and dispensers — was referred to the university by Dayton Public Schools. "For years, UD buyers have leveraged professional networks to foster and build relationships with potential suppliers. Those connections proved valuable this spring when the university began seeking local vendors for masks, sanitizers and other personal protective equipment," said Katie Overholser, a senior buyer for UD. - Dayton Business Journal, 8 December 2020

Small Business Highlight

Medi-Shield, Centerville, OH

"There is no doubt that the relationship with the University of Dayton has strengthened our company's reputation. This shows that even as a small business, we are able to provide quality produces and services to our clients," owner Dr. Tokundo Adelekan said. "It's very important for the University of Dayton to work with companies that are owned by persons that reflect the rich and diverse global citizenship that informs this region." - United States Supply Chain Management Council, 24 November 2020

Every Sourcing Request is an Opportunity
The Case for Supplier Diversity: Revamping Opportunity in America
On March 30, 2021, in a collaborative effort with supplier diversity experts across the state of Ohio, the University hosted a training course specifically designed for non-procurement professionals based on a university campus.

We All Play a Part

All members of the University community are required to exercise good judgment in authorizing expenditures, regardless of the source of funds. Purchasing decisions should be made with consideration given to the total lifecycle cost of an item, including but not limited to the acquisition, usage, energy, maintenance, repair and disposal costs. Further, those making purchasing decisions should be mindful of university commitments in areas including environmental impact, diversity and small business spending.

The University of Dayton has a long term commitment to assist small businesses and small disadvantaged businesses to grow and succeed. UD understands that it makes good business sense to work with the small business community & entrepreneurs whose active participation in the local and national economy fosters innovation, creativity, and competition. In compliance with federal procurement regulations and Public Law 85-536, UD has pledged to utilize Small, Small Disadvantaged, Small Woman-Owned, Small Veteran-Owned, Small Disabled-Veteran-Owned, Native American-Owned, Native Alaskan-Owned, HBCU/MI, and Small HUBZone Business concerns as subcontractors, consultants, and vendors for materials, supplies, and services.


Procurement & Payable Services

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300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 7022