NiSource aspires to be best-in-class of regulated utilities and regarded for supplier diversity and community economic inclusion.
Our business delivers clean, reliable energy to millions of customers representing every segment of the population. To succeed as a business, NiSource must reflect the same diversity of our customers within our supplier base and in everything we do.
Central to our vision is a supplier diversity program that strengthens and widens the playing field for qualified suppliers that are typically underutilized in the supply chain of a large corporation. Building relationships with diverse suppliers helps us engage a wider range of suppliers, which means we harness innovative ideas and processes, gain a competitive advantage and assist in building community infrastructure through employment and training.
We’re committed to offering diverse suppliers an opportunity to succeed. It affirms our commitment to inclusion and diversity, supports our business objectives and benefits our communities. To learn more about our diversity efforts, visit Inclusion and Diversity.
Connecting Suppliers to NiSource
We actively pursue opportunities to connect with suppliers, including diverse suppliers by participating in and hosting industry and diversity events across our service areas.
In 2010, our Supplier Diversity Holiday Vendor Open House introduced diverse suppliers to NiSource supply chain procurement professionals and employees. We invited more than a dozen vendors to our Columbia Gas of Ohio building in Columbus, Ohio to showcase their goods and services just in time for the holiday spend.
Additionally, we collaborate with public/private advocacy organizations such as American Association of Blacks in Energy, Ohio Gate, American Gas Association and Indiana Energy Association to coach and develop suppliers to enhance their value to the corporation and increase their economic value in the community.
We also support and participate in the Ohio Small Business Administration (SBA) Matchmaker Program, which offers small business exposure and an opportunity to participate in government and corporate procurement opportunities.