Graduates of the programme become part of the alumni network, where they start interacting with other SMEs globally, that have graduated from the DSDP – diverse supplier development programme. Celebrating 15 years of existence, the DSDP started in the US in 2006, with aims of developing a global supplier inclusion agenda. So far the programme has extended into Canada, UK, Ireland, South Africa, and India. Future locations in the pipeline are Australia, Germany, and Switzerland,” states Njamela.
As an open global organisation, we are conscious that we need to consider suppliers from the local community, but also understand that these suppliers might not be ready. Therefore the 24 month programme aims to enable their growth so they can become procurement ready to big businesses. We are building a next generation of businesses that also harness the opportunities of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, within their local marketplace, but also globally,” she says.
Why take part
“The graduation becomes the trigger point or an impetus for a longer relationship, either to succeed as a business on their own, or to succeed as a potential business partner. We use our own people, our own resources, our own technology, our own IP to support these SMEs. The legacy we leave is that we are stronger together,” she says.
“We are very proud of the class of 2021 and look forward to helping more SMEs grow in the future,” she concludes.
About the Enterprise and Supplier Development Programme (ESDP)
In response to both global and local calls for more inclusion and diversity in the market, Accenture’s Enterprise and Supplier Development Programme applies global best-practice principles to scale and sustain the entrepreneurs and small business suppliers with whom we partner. The aim is to increase the participation of black-owned SMEs within both our own supply chain and in the wider economy. We are realising this aim through our innovative Enterprise and Supplier Development (ESD) programme.
For more information, please visit the ESDP website.
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