"The City of New Orleans establishes an overall goal of 50 percent utilization of businesses that are locally owned and controlled for all public spending or private projects that utilize public funding and/or incentives. An overall goal of 35 percent is established for utilization of socially and economically disadvantaged businesses, particularly those businesses located in storm damaged areas."
—Excerpt: Sec. 70.432.1 of the City Charter
To achieve the goals for locally owned and socially and economically disadvantaged business participation, the City of New Orleans operates the Office of Supplier Diversity.
The Office of Supplier Diversity oversees certification, compliance, training, outreach and capacity building for the City of New Orleans' Equal Business Opportunity Programs. Anchored by the State and Local Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (SLDBE) Certification Program, the City's Equal Business Opportunity Programs are designed to mitigate the effects of past and present social disadvantage, economic disadvantage and discrimination by increasing the utilization of DBEs in the procurement of goods and services by the City of New Orleans.
The Office of Supplier Diversity does not advocate set-asides for DBEs or the hiring of DBE firms that do not perform a commercially useful function. Instead the office supports plans that allow DBE firms to get their fair share of procurement opportunities based on their availability, competency, capacity and willingness to work with the City of New Orleans and the office promotes strategies that foster an environment where prime contractors and DBE firms can form joint ventures, teaming agreements and mentor-protégé relationships to bid and perform successfully on contracts.
The Office of Supplier Diversity exists to help DBEs overcome challenges. The programs and services provided through the Office of Supplier Diversity are a direct response by the City of New Orleans to help DBE firms overcome challenges while helping to build a better New Orleans.
The Office of Supplier Diversity is dedicated to creating and implementing programs, policies and procedures that assist underserved, under-utilized and disadvantaged businesses with gaining greater access to procurement opportunities and resources to build competitively viable and sustainable businesses in and for the City of New Orleans.
The Office of Supplier Diversity's vision is to develop a national model for local governments on how to deliver and capture value through supplier diversity.
The Office of Supplier Diversity is committed to acting honestly and ethically in all our transactions and dealings. We are committed to treating everyone with whom we encounter fairly and respectfully. We are committed to acting thoughtfully and responsibly for the City and citizens of New Orleans.
Our Key Objectives
The Office of Supplier Diversity will concentrate efforts on improving its effectiveness in four key areas:
Increase the number of available and capable certified DBE firms for the City of New Orleans
Increase the number and the dollar amount of procurements with City of New Orleans certified DBE firms
Improve compliance and monitoring of DBE participation on City of New Orleans contracts
Help City of New Orleans certified DBE firms build more competitive and sustainable businesses for the benefit of the City and citizens of New Orleans.