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Tier 1 Champion of Supplier Diversity – Flex N Gate

Since joining CAMSC in 2006, Flex-N-Gate has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to inclusion of CAMSC suppliers in opportunities to support its extensive range of automotive components and assemblies.

Their investments in inclusion range from demonstrated leadership support and consistent supplier diversity reporting at Global Purchasing meetings, to direct supplier development as buyers provide valuable feedback to assist with future quote opportunities. The supplier diversity team works closely with each purchasing director and commodity teams to review internal and customer goals, as well as current and future project opportunities.

In addition to streamlining internal reports so buyers can quickly identify relevant certified suppliers, a recent practical innovation was development of a “Needs Board. The Needs Board showcases any immediate opportunities within the company at supplier outreach events. The supplier diversity team works with buyers at over 50 locations to make a list of suppliers or services that are currently or will soon be quoted, which has resulted in same-day matches and quotes.

These investments have delivered impressive results. Flex-N-Gate’s multimillion dollar spend with CAMSC certified suppliers increased 120% from 2012 to 2013, and is continuing a similar trajectory into 2014. Also notable is the jump from 15 to more than 30 CAMSC certified suppliers doing business with Flex-N-Gate across a greater number of facilities.

Flex-N-Gate is truly a Champion of supplier diversity, demonstrating the significant role that Tier 1 suppliers make in expanding business opportunities for Aboriginal and minority-owned suppliers.

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