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Draft Policies - Guidelines Under Review

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Supplier Diversity Policy

DES is developing a supplier diversity policy that will encourage purchasing goods and services from Washington veteran-owned as well as small businesses. Many small businesses also are diverse businesses. It does not affect public works contracting.

Current work

DES is also currently working to refine an initial discussion draft with its advisory groups and key partners.

Upcoming opportunities to provide feedback

DES anticipates widely releasing the initial discussion draft at least two weeks prior to the workshop, and will seek feedback on the draft for 90 days, including a policy workshop on August 18.

View the agenda for registration links.

The focus is to share the Supplier Diversity policy in its draft phase. Your feedback will be helpful in shaping the development of the resulting policy, related procedure, and training.

The draft will:

Prior work:

  • DES sought feedback on a policy concept in October 2019, which was used to develop a policy outline.
  • DES sought feedback on the outline in June 2020.
  • Late 2020 and early 2021: Policy development with DES supplier diversity staff, the state Department of Veterans Affairs, the Office of Minority and Women Business Enterprises and the Office of Equity.

Background

DES is the state’s key procurement agency, and is tasked with overseeing enterprise procurement policy.

Other policy work related to supplier diversity

DES updated the Direct Buy policy to raise spending limits, as recommended by the Disparity Study.

Other business diversity work

DES is also working to implement Disparity Study recommendations as well as Tools for Equity in Public Spending within the agency. View information about DES business diversity efforts.

Questions

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact DES' Enterprise Procurement Policy team by email at DESmiEnterpriseProcurementPolicy@des.wa.gov or by phone at (360) 407-2210.

 

Policies under review

View the Enterprise Procurement Policy schedule.