IBM and Supplier Connection Honored


The National Minority Supplier Development Council named IBM as the Corporation of the Year and Supplier Connection’s Michael Robinson as Minority Supplier Development Leader of the Year.

Robinson, IBM’s program director of supplier diversity and Supplier Connection, is pictured above (left) with his award and Dan Carrell, IBM’s vice president of global procurement operations & client services procurement.

The recognition came at the 2016 National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) Conference and Business Opportunity Fair.

This is the third time NMSDC has named IBM as Corporation of the Year, which is considered one of the most significant honors available for companies dedicated to improving the participation of Asian, Black, Hispanic, and Native American firms in their supply chains.

This also is the third time Michael Robinson has been recognized in the 11 years he has led IBM’s supplier diversity program.

NMSDC commended Robinson for leading a “team that has advanced or created programs which support the utilization of minority businesses not only within the IBM Corporation, but at other major corporations. This commitment is unparalleled in the industry and the result has been felt not only in the U.S., but around the globe.”

Only three companies have ever captured both Corporation and Minority Supplier Development Leader of the Year in the same year — and IBM has done it twice during Robinson’s tenure.

IBM launched Supplier Connection at the height of the Great Recession as an initiative to grow small businesses and create jobs in the United States.

The platform has since been expanded and is now a vehicle for Fortune 500 corporations, mid-market firms, and other organizations to locate and add small firms and diverse businesses of every size to their supply chains.

ISupplier Connection would like to thank all of its buying members for their efforts to make the platform an engine of economic and supplier diversity development.