Supplier Diversity & Inclusion Program
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Fueling Business Growth

Welcome to Fueling Business Growth, the University of Pennsylvania’s Supplier Diversity & Inclusion Program’s campaign designed to increase its diversity procurement in Philadelphia. The program leverages Penn’s purchasing power to support the growth of diverse businesses—and subsequently the Philadelphia economy—by engaging with local, minority, LGBTQ+, women-owned businesses, veterans, and businesses owned by people with disabilities.

Penn’s multi-faceted program includes expanding outreach with diverse businesses; deepening relationships with a range of suppliers; increasing businesses opportunities; addressing financial barriers facing diverse suppliers; and providing enhanced tools and resources to the Penn buying community – all in the name of generating economic activity.

What began in 1986 as the Buy West Philadelphia Program, is today’s Penn Supplier Diversity & Inclusion Program, which is an interconnected network of University staff and its buyers, along with local and diverse suppliers seeking opportunities from the private and public sector. After decades of continuous improvement in economic inclusion, the University has evaluated its programs and progress and created an Action Plan to increase local and diverse spending on goods and services.

Please bookmark this site as a resource for the diverse entrepreneurs and business owners in and around Philadelphia, and the buying community at Penn.


Featured News

Nominations Now Open For 2024 Supplier Diversity Impact Award

Nominations accepted until Friday, April 12, 2024

The award recognizes individuals and/or teams from the University that drive intentional impact in the area of supplier diversity and economic inclusion. Click here for more information.

SDFE 2024 Registration Open

Featured Event

Registration Open – 2024 Penn Supplier Diversity Forum & Expo

Register now for the Penn Supplier Diversity Forum and Expo. The event will be held at the Annenberg Center for Performing Arts.


Penn showcases good news about the achievements, awards, and exciting happenings of diverse business owners. Come into the Newsroom for important announcements regarding policy updates and information about trends relevant to the Supplier Diversity & Inclusion Program. 


Procurement Services

The Procurement Services website provides in-depth information on all the ways Penn conducts business.


Tools for Buyers

Penn buyers and decision makers are integral to developing and sustaining business relationships with diverse suppliers. Among the tools that Procurement Services provides to guide buyers are:

•    Supplier Search Tool  

•    Buyers Online Diversity Assistance Form

•    Catering@Penn

•    Economic Inclusion Website

•    Advanced Analytics


Supplier Resources

Doing business with a large institution like Penn can be complex.  On its website, Penn Procurement Services offers helpful information and resources for diverse suppliers interested in growing business with the University:

•    Becoming a Diversity Supplier at Penn

•    Connect directly to the expert assistance in Procurement Services.


Moving the Needle

The Penn Supplier Diversity & Inclusion Program has had significant impact on the economy of the Philadelphia region due to the increased number of approved suppliers as well as the increased spend since it began in 1986 as the Buy West Philadelphia Program. Penn is committed to the continued growth of the program and the ongoing development of business relationships. 


Meet Penn Suppliers

Servicing the needs of a globally-active research and learning institution demands tenacity, ingenuity, and resolve. Find insight and inspiration from the stories of problem-solvers and decision-makers whose expertise and dedication contribute to shared success.