Supplier Diversity Program
Syblon Reid has a Supplier Diversity Program to actively solicit and promote the increase of business with minority, women, and service disabled veteran-owned business enterprises (MWDVBE) and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender-owned business enterprises (LGBTBE) on federal, state, and municipal projects.
Outreach, Mentorship, and Training
Consistent with our policy statement, Syblon Reid publicizes contract opportunities and conducts outreach efforts to develop relationships with and solicit proposals from MWDVBE/LGBTBE suppliers that meet the qualifications of our Program. In addition to publicizing contract opportunities in industry publications, Syblon Reid utilizes internal and external databases to connect with qualified suppliers.
A key component of our program includes actively mentoring suppliers that are otherwise qualified for certification as an MWDVBE/LGBTBE and are interested in becoming listed with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and other certifying agencies.
Syblon Reid’s internal hiring policies and internship opportunities are also part of our diversity outreach program.
Syblon Reid has implemented a process to track supplier diversity spend for each CPUC client on an annual basis. At the time a vendor is entered into our accounting system (using industry-leading Viewpoint construction management software), it is tagged with a diversity or non-diversity status. This allows us to search and tabulate vendors by status category. The agreements with our providers and subcontractors must list the specific project for which the services or materials are being invoiced. At year end, we tabulate all diversity spend for each specific client throughout the calendar year and calculate the percentage spend on a cash basis, for annual spend over annual revenue.
Syblon Reid’s Vice President and Head of Operations is responsible for and committed to the development, implementation, and advancement of our supplier diversity program, and is also an active participant in the Electric Utility Industry Sustainable Supply Chain Alliance (EUISSCA).