Facebook Provided an Update on Its Supplier Diversity Efforts

The company spent $204.9 million in 2017 with U.S. companies that met the criteria

Facebook kicked off its supplier diversity program in October 2016

Facebook revealed that it spent $204.9 million in 2017 with U.S. companies that are privately certified as majority-owned, operated and controlled by racial and ethnic minorities, women, veterans, LGBTQ people and differently-abled entrepreneurs, as well as $28.7 million with companies similarly certified with public programs at the local, state and federal levels.

The company kicked off its supplier diversity program in October 2016, and chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg said at the time, “We know we’ll be more innovative and better serve our diverse partners by doing business with a diverse range of suppliers.”

Facebook head of supplier diversity Jason Trimiew said in a Newsroom post that the goal of the program was to “help diverse-owned companies do business with Facebook and use our platform to grow their business by connecting with the people and communities they serve. From the produce served in our cafes, to how our data centers are built, to the design and production of our global events, we know that having a more competitive and inclusive supply chain will help us deliver better services for our community.”

Trimiew said more information about those suppliers and how to register to become one is available here, adding, “Diverse-owned companies bring experiences that inform how we develop our services, like how a minority and women-owned California-based digital agency helps Facebook employees understand how small and midsized businesses use our products. They provide valuable customer insights, like the Ohio-based LGBT-owned experiential design firm that produced Facebook’s float for Seattle Pride. They operate with speed and scale, like the Colorado-based women-owned firm that designs and builds cabling systems for our data centers.”

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