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Kaleida Health Receives Award for Purchasing Efforts to Support Supplier Diversity and Inclusion For Second Year

Updated: 4/21/2022

Congratulations to Kaleida Health’s Purchasing team, led by Michelle Fiebelkorn, director of strategic sourcing, who received the Supplier Sustainability 2021 Award from the Buffalo Purchasing Initiative. 

Kaleida Health received the award for working closely with individual businesses to find opportunities, continue to expand those opportunities and mentor them through the process and challenges of growing alongside the organization.

To have a strong and inclusive regional economy with more businesses and jobs, it is essential to support local and diverse businesses and help them grow. Through our procurement and purchasing efforts, Kaleida Health can directly ensure job and economic opportunities for all people in the region. Kaleida Health helps create jobs and employment opportunities for residents within communities of color by increasing contracts and purchase orders for businesses owned by people of color. Businesses without access to large organizations like Kaleida Health have diminished opportunities to grow, scale and create local jobs.

Kaleida Health also collaborates with other large employers in the region to explore strategies and share resources to make purchasing efforts more inclusive.

Organizations in our region must work together to deliberately increase opportunities for local businesses owned by people of color to work with us. This starts with better understanding of our spending, as well as opportunities and obstacles to working with businesses owned by people of color. By doing this, Kaleida Health is improving access for these businesses and providing an opportunity for us to have meaningful connections with communities of color.