Comcast and NBCUniversal’s Supplier Diversity Program offers every business — regardless of its ownership — an opportunity to compete for business within our company. We believe that encouraging prime (Tier I) vendors to subcontract with diverse second-tier (Tier II) vendors can expand our business with diverse vendors while reducing barriers to entry for those businesses. To that end, we have taken steps to further our goal of increasing the number of prime (or Tier I) suppliers who provide second-tier (Tier II) data by encouraging Tier I vendors to work with the company to help expand the Supplier Diversity Program through the successful creation of Tier II opportunities for diverse businesses.
Comcast’s standard Request for Proposal (RFP) language encourages Tier II diversity, and Comcast considers Tier II diversity among its criteria for purchasing decisions. NBCUniversal has added Tier II reporting to all new contracts and requests for proposals. This reporting requirement will also be added to older contracts after they expire and are renegotiated.
Comcast entered into an agreement with a third-party vendor for a centralized vendor management system. These expanded resources enable a new and more robust Web-based database and registration site for diverse suppliers interested in doing business with Comcast; a consolidated list of diversity-owned suppliers across multiple industries and geographic locations; and additional software, tools, and outsourced professional service resources to assist in supplier diversity efforts for both Tier I and Tier II spending. The expanded operational resources will include an online portal through which prime contractors can upload information regarding Tier II vendors on a voluntary basis.