Diversity is a core principle for us here at UF. From our students to our staff to our business partners, this is one of the things that makes the Gator Nation great!
— Curtis Reynolds
Vice-President, UF Business Affairs
Why Supplier Diversity?
One of the core purchasing values throughout the state of Florida and the University of Florida is to purchase goods and services from diverse vendors. Pursuant to the policies of the University of Florida, departments and academic units are encouraged to do business with diverse businesses in the acquisition of products and services required by the university. SBVDR is responsible for managing this effort through UF’s Supplier Diversity program and collaborates with procurement buyers to engage with diverse vendors whenever Requests for Information, Requests for Proposals or Invitations for Bids are released. SBVDR provides the following services to the University of Florida campus and user departments:
- Assist in efforts to increase utilization of diverse businesses
- Vendor registration assistance
- Sourcing assistance
- Ensure understanding of ethical business standards when using diverse vendors
- Ensure full legal compliance when using diverse vendors