Supplier Diversity & Sustainability

For U Faculty & Staff and Suppliers

Purchasing Services works closely with our partners in both the Office for Equity and Diversity as well as the Office of Sustainability.

Supplier Diversity

The mission of the University's Office for Business & Community Economic Development (BCED) is to contribute to the economic growth, development and prosperity of Minnesota’s urban communities.

BCED is a social enterprise whose purpose is to leverage the assets and resources of the University to create programs and services that provide innovative solutions to real-world social-economic problems that impact urban communities.

More importantly, BCED is a critical component of the University’s public service and outreach mission and its role is to create economic and community development strategies that drive the University’s Urban Agenda. BCED facilitates collaborations between the University and nonprofit, corporate and public sector partners that focus on enhancing the human condition of underserved populations.

Additional information can be found on the University's Office for Business & Community Economic Development website.

Sustainability

The University's Office of Sustainability, and its educational campaign "It All Adds Up," provides direction and coordination for sustainability initiatives by bringing forth their continuous effort of integrating environmental, social and economic goals through design, planning, and operational organization.

Their goal is to create a culture of sustainable practices, with a commitment to becoming carbon neutral by 2050 through inclusive projects, cross-campus planning, partnerships, and working with the greater community.

Additional information can be found on the University's Office of Sustainability website.