2020 Quarter 2 Newsletter

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Corporate Spotlight: Unilever

Unilever, the largest producer of soap in the world, which is especially essential during today’s COVID-19 pandemic, is a valued Corporate Member of NYNJ-NMSDC (The Council). This British-Dutch transnational consumer goods company, co-headquartered in London, England, and Rotterdam, Netherlands, also has a significant presence in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.

Through Unilever’s partnership with The Council, the company has identified diverse suppliers that are a strong fit for the Unilever North America business and ensured that these supplier partners have access to vital tools and resources to grow and develop their capabilities. Additionally, The Council/Unilever partnership allows Unilever to support diverse suppliers as they go through the certification journey.

Unilever aims to continue supporting MBEs in multiple ways by sharing relevant insights on pertinent topics. In October 2019, Unilever participated in the “Sustainability Symposium,” hosted by The Council, where leaders informed MBEs about their human rights efforts to drive sustainability and responsibility within the supply chain. 

Other Unilever products include food, energy drinks, ice cream and beverages, cleaning agents, beauty products, and personal care products. 

Corporate Spotlight: Merck

Economic Inclusion & Supplier Diversity (EI&SD) is the epicenter of Merck’s diverse and inclusive procurement practices. Merck has worked for 35 years to build a world-class EI&SD program. As a premier research-intensive biopharmaceutical company, it’s continually creating economic opportunities for underrepresented communities by procuring products and services from minority-, women-, veteran-, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT)-, and disability-owned enterprises. EI&SD is a driver of growth, innovation, and the program’s success boosts Merck’s competitive advantage. 

Investment in diverse suppliers yield economic impact, job creation, and advanced products. EI&SD generates a circle of inclusion between profit, product, and pipeline, which is critical to the company’s role of “Inventing for Life.” Spending with diverse businesses in 2019 was $2.9 billion globally.

The Council is proud to partner with Merck EI&SD to facilitate viable, mutually beneficial relationships between the biopharma giant and robust certified MBEs. The Council and Merck have a relationship built on trust. The Council looks forward to ongoing collaboration and engagement with this valued Corporate Member.

MBE Spotlight: Mincing Spice

The right spices can mean the difference between a bland meal and a zesty one that you’ll savor forever. The right spices can enrich common ingredients or ruin them. Mincing Spice is all about engaging flavors and tastes. Mincing Spice, an MBE headquartered in Dayton, New Jersey, is a leading processor of spices, seeds, and aromatic herbs. The company supplies the finest quality spices and herbs and focuses on excellence, sustainability, and integrity. As a full-service spice company, it is dedicated to nurturing relationships with a winning network of customers and suppliers. Mincing Spice is expanding and concentrating its business activities with industrial users of spices. 

Council Feedback Survey

Are you looking for more innovative services from us? Does your company provide a unique service for the diverse supplier community about which The Council and our network should know? Please take a minute to complete this quick survey? Your feedback matters and will be used to improve experiences for everyone.

Mission Accomplished

Recognizing Corporate and Supplier Excellence!

Have you been awarded a contract as a result of our network? Please take five (5) minutes to help us demonstrate our value through the Mission Accomplished Program. Your story may be featured in a future Council newsletter. 

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