Caterpillar, Purdue University Office of Supplier Diversity receive Workforce Diversity Best Practices Award

September 2, 2010

LAFAYETTE – The Caterpillar Lafayette Large Engine Center and the Purdue University Office of Supplier Diversity have been named winners of the 2010 Workforce Diversity Best Practices Awards, which is presented by Greater Lafayette Commerce and the Diversity Roundtable.

The award annually recognizes businesses that promote the importance of diversity in the workplace or organizational setting. The awards will be given during the annual Greater Lafayette Commerce annual dinner at Purdue University Sept. 30th.

Caterpillar Lafayette has initiated efforts to embrace and promote diversity at a local and global level. It formed a team to discuss diversity issues and plan communication and activities to increase understanding among its employees about the value of diversity and inclusion. Caterpillar has been engaged in a wide range of community diversity activities and partnerships, including Purdue University’s Science Bound program with Indianapolis Public Schools, Indiana Black Expo, YWCA, Special Olympics, Mental Health Association, Hanna Community Center and Global Fest.

In the past six years, Purdue’s Office of Supplier Diversity has gone from the ground floor to one of the nation’s leaders in supplier diversity among educational institutions. The office’s Relationships to Partnerships conference each fall has become one of the largest in the region for supplier diversity, attracting more than 150 businesses. Its annual Construction Connection event brings minority businesses together with Purdue decision-makers to compete for upcoming university contracts. These efforts have not only increased access of minority-owned and women-owned businesses with Purdue, but have helped improve minority and women business partnerships nationwide.

About the Diversity Roundtable (DRT)
The Diversity Roundtable is a volunteer community organization originally sponsored by the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, now Greater Lafayette Commerce, to promote diversity in the community. The DRT meets the first Thursday of each month at the YWCA from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The meetings are free and open to the public. The roundtable grew from Vision 2020 - A Plan for the Future, created in 2001. Beginning more as a concept, the DRT has come a long way in organizing for productive work, focusing on education, consciousness-raising, and action. Participants include concerned residents and representatives from various area businesses and organizations. Membership is open to the public.