"Billion Dollar Roundtable" Now Includes LGBT, Disability, and Veteran-Owned Business in Corporate Supply Chains

Washington, DC – The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), the

business voice of the LGBT community, and the USBLN (U.S. Business Leadership

Network), the disability inclusion business resource, are pleased to share that the

Billion Dollar Roundtable voted to expand their criteria of diverse businesses counted

toward a corporation’s billion dollar supply chain spend on diverse-owned businesses

to include: certified LGBT Business Enterprises (LGBTBEs), Disability-Owned Business

Enterprises (DOBEs®), Service-Disabled Veteran Disability-Owned Business Enterprises

(SDV-DOBE™), and Veteran-Disability Owned Business Enterprises (V-DOBEs™).

“The inclusion of LGBT, disability, and veteran-owned businesses into the Billion

Dollar Roundtable reflects the national best practice in supplier diversity of

including all communities at the table of opportunity,” said NGLCC Co-Founder &

President Justin Nelson. “In the United States, LGBT-owned businesses are

creating tens of thousands of jobs, and adding over $1.7 trillion to the economy,

much of that due to inclusion in corporate supply chains. We’re proud to see our

businesses included in the criteria that rewards corporate excellence in creating

new opportunities for diverse-owned businesses to thrive.”

The Billion Dollar Roundtable was created in 2001 to recognize and celebrate

corporations that achieved spending of at least $1 billion with diverse suppliers.

The BDR promotes and shares best practices in supply chain diversity excellence

through the production of white papers, thought leadership, and annual

meetings. The group encourages corporate entities to continue growing their

supplier diversity programs by increasing commitment and spending levels each

year.

“In a country where one in five Americans have a disability, corporations are realizing

the importance of disability inclusion across the enterprise,” said Jill Houghton,

President and CEO of USBLN. “People with disabilities are nearly twice as likely to

be self-employed as people without disabilities, and nearly one in 10 small businesses

nationwide are veteran-owned. The inclusion of disability and LGBT-owned businesses

presents more opportunities for diversity in the Billion Dollar Roundtable, and will

lead to more economic opportunity for people with disabilities.”

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To date, the Billion Dollar Roundtable reports at least $72 billion in spend with

diverse-owned businesses. That number is expected to continue climbing as

corporations are encouraged to count their spend with LGBT, disability, and

veteran owned firms.

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ABOUT NGLCC

The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce is the business voice of the

LGBT community and is the largest global not-for-profit advocacy organization

specifically dedicated to expanding economic opportunities and advancements for

LGBT people. NGLCC is the exclusive certification body for LGBT-owned

businesses. www.nglcc.org @nglcc

ABOUT USBLN

USBLN (U.S. Business Leadership Network) is a national non-profit that unites business around disability

inclusion in the workplace, supply chain and marketplace. USBLN has more than 130 corporate partners

spanning the technology, healthcare, financial, transportation, entertainment, and retail industries.

USBLN serves as a collective voice of nearly 50 Business Leadership Network Affiliates across the United

States, representing over 5,000 businesses. Additionally, USBLN has various nationally recognized tools

and programs, such as the Disability Equality Index and the leading disability-owned business enterprise

(DOBE) certification program, to bridge inclusive companies with people and organizations within the

disability community. http://www.usbln.org @usbln

NGLCC MEDIA CONTACT

Jonathan Lovitz

Senior Vice President

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954.695.5896

 

USBLN MEDIA CONTACT

Elaine Kubik

 Director of Marketing Communications

elaine@usbln.org

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646.455.8319