Diversity is critical to the way we do business at Disney. By fostering an environment where a broad range of opinions, ideas and perspectives can be shared, we are better able to bring a broad range of experiences to entertain our distinct guests around the globe.
The Supplier Diversity team at the Company helps bring a rich diversity of voices and businesses to Disney. One way they accomplish this goal is through ensuring that minority-owned, women-owned and veteran-owned business enterprises are considered for inclusion in the Company’s supply chain.
Last month, the team hosted nearly 100 companies—from industries such as marketing, technology and corporate services—on the Studio lot at The Walt Disney Company Southern California Supplier Diversity Summit. The event is one of three annual summits the Company holds for potential suppliers in Southern California, Connecticut and Florida—the major geographic regions where Disney businesses operate.
Along with spending a day at Disney’s headquarters, entrepreneurs and business owners had the opportunity to learn about Disney’s business operations and needs to serve its worldwide audience. Attendees also met Disney employees from all around the Company and heard from diverse suppliers who already are part of Disney’s supply chain.
“Including minority-owned, women-owned and veteran-owned business enterprises in Disney’s supply chain creates a competitive advantage in the marketplace,” said Eugene Campbell, vice president, Supplier Diversity, The Walt Disney Company. “The summit is an opportunity for Disney teams to identify and meet potential suppliers who can provide value for their businesses.”