Award-winning supplier diversity program

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In 2015, United® spent more than $999 million with women, minority, veteran, service-disabled veteran, small and LGBT business enterprises and an additional $400 million through our second-tier supplier diversity program initiative.

United partners with key diverse advocacy groups to drive results in supplier diversity and in the community. The National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) recently released its Economic Impact Report—The New Business Case for Supplier Diversity. According to this report there are more than 3.3 million minority—owned businesses in the U.S., employing more than 2.2 million people. The 2015 American Express OPEN State of Women—Owned Businesses study shows that there are more than 9.1 million women-owned businesses in the U.S. employing more than 7.9 million people. United is proud of the work we do to support diverse businesses and the economic impact that our supplier diversity program has on our communities.

“United Airlines was one of the original corporate founding members to the Council almost five decades ago; their commitment to supplier diversity and the growth and development of minority-owned businesses has not wavered,” said Shelia Morgan, President and CEO of the Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council. “United’s continued commitment to ensuring inclusion of suppliers across its supply chain is to be applauded. Business diversity at United Airlines is a strategic business imperative and at the end of the day, jobs have been created, families have been fed, taxes have been paid and the economic impact of the United Airlines Supplier Diversity Initiative continues to be felt across this country. I am proud to be affiliated with the UAL team; their dedication and leadership is notable!”

“The Chicago Women’s Business Development Center is proud of its longstanding partnership with United Airlines,” said Georgia Marsh, Chief Development Officer for the WBDC. “United has continually shown its commitment to working with diverse suppliers and is at the table providing thought leadership and subject matter expertise on how to best prepare Women Business Enterprises (WBEs) to be competitive.”

We value and respect suppliers with diverse backgrounds who can offer unique viewpoints and help us bring a new perspective to our products and services. We have diverse partnerships across our entire business enterprise including: Inflight Services, Fuel, Technical Operations, Airport Operations, Real Estate, Hotels, Legal, Corporate and Professional Services and IT.

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