New tool can help you make decisions that increase use of women-owned and minority-owned businesses

The City continually takes steps to increase the participation of women-owned and minority-owned businesses in purchasing and contracting, particularly after a 2010 disparity study found evidence of large, frequent and statistically significant disparities. The City’s Supplier Diversity Workgroup (representing the City Attorney’s Office, Civil Rights, Community Planning & Economic Development [CPED], the Coordinator’s Office, and Finance & Property Services) has been working on several initiatives to more intentionally and actively pursue business with a more diverse pool of suppliers, including women-owned and minority-owned suppliers. A part of that work focuses on being able to measure and track the City’s data around spending diversity.

New tool
An interactive, online tool can help you see how diverse your department’s spending is. The Spend Diversity Dashboard shows how the City spends its discretionary monies, making it possible for City staff to become more intentional about how those funds are spent. This is the first time this amount of detail on the City’s discretionary spending has been made available to City staff and the public. 

The dashboard contains information on City invoices and purchases made to for-profit businesses that staff influenced. There’s been nearly $1 billion of discretionary spending from 2013-2016. Spending on diverse businesses increased from 6 percent in 2013, 2014 and 2015 to 10 percent in 2016.

This data does not include spending where staff did not choose a vendor (such as utilities and taxes). City spending with nonprofit organizations is also not included in the data because nonprofits are not owned. However, because the Health Department, CPED and other City departments have a lot of discretionary spending with nonprofits, City staff are looking at ways to include nonprofit data in the future.

At this time, there’s no way to combine the City’s subcontracting minority spending (SUBP) data with the data included in the dashboard. For that reason, the dashboard data only includes first-tier spending. Any supplier who subcontracts with a minority-owned or women-owned business will not be reflected in the data.

 

 

Published Jul 12, 2017

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