Welcome to Fueling Business Growth, the University of Pennsylvania’s Supplier Diversity & Inclusion Program’s campaign designed to increase its diversity procurement in Philadelphia. The program leverages Penn’s purchasing power to support the growth of diverse businesses—and subsequently the Philadelphia economy—by engaging with local, minority, LGBTQ+, women-owned businesses, veterans, and businesses owned by people with disabilities.
Penn’s multi-faceted program includes expanding outreach with diverse businesses; deepening relationships with a range of suppliers; increasing businesses opportunities; addressing financial barriers facing diverse suppliers; and providing enhanced tools and resources to the Penn buying community – all in the name of generating economic activity.
What began in 1986 as the Buy West Philadelphia Program, is today’s Penn Supplier Diversity & Inclusion Program, which is an interconnected network of University staff and its buyers, along with local and diverse suppliers seeking opportunities from the private and public sector. After decades of continuous improvement in economic inclusion, the University has evaluated its programs and progress and created an Action Plan to increase local and diverse spending on goods and services.
Please bookmark this site as a resource for the diverse entrepreneurs and business owners in and around Philadelphia, and the buying community at Penn.
Nominations accepted until Friday, March 31, 2023
The award recognizes individuals and/or teams from the University that drive intentional impact in the area of supplier diversity and economic inclusion
Mark your calendars for this year’s Penn Supplier Diversity Forum & Expo, which will be held on Wednesday, May 31, 2023.
Now in its sixth year, this popular annual event will be held at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and will bring together University Buyers and local and diverse suppliers and organizations where they will showcase contributions to practices and programs that highlight diversity and economic inclusion at Penn.
Penn showcases good news about the achievements, awards, and exciting happenings of diverse business owners. Come into the Newsroom for important announcements regarding policy updates and information about trends relevant to the Supplier Diversity & Inclusion Program.
The Procurement Services website provides in-depth information on all the ways Penn conducts business.