Today, the Billion Dollar Roundtable Inc. announced Kaiser Permanente as one of the two new members of its supplier diversity forum. Kaiser Permanente joins 18 other U.S.–based corporations that spend $1 billion or more annually for a broad range of goods and services with certified diverse companies whose majority owners are minorities and women. Kaiser Permanente is the first health care organization to receive this honor. A recognized leader with a long history of commitment to diversity and inclusion, Kaiser Permanente collaborates with diverse businesses to improve the economic environments in underserved communities and create jobs. By spending $1.4 billion with certified minority and women owned businesses, Kaiser Permanente will make a significant and lasting impact in communities nationwide.
"Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to improving the health of the communities where we live, work and play, and our supplier diversity commitment helps us do that by creating a stronger, broader, and more sustainable economy," said Kaiser Permanente Chairman and CEO Bernard J. Tyson. "We are proud to have reached the $1 billion milestone with our supplier diversity program, and honored to join this prestigious forum as we continue to advance this important work. We will not stop at $1 billion annually."