Developing Supplier Diversity Award

This new category recognises and celebrates the work of organisations who not only embrace the principles of supplier diversity and inclusion, but work to embed it into the fabric of their procurement activity.

Applicants can choose to focus on a specific project or initiative, or on the overarching approach they undertake across their procurement activity.

This award is intended to showcase public sector bodies that have engaged successfully with all types of supplier, helping not only to create a fairer and more equitable society, but also unleashing talent and innovation that creates better public services.


Open to: Scottish public sector organisations.

Timescale: A GO Awards submission in this category must cover activity during the period January 2022 to June 2023.

Entry Questions


Please describe how your organisation undertook the inclusion and effective management of diverse suppliers as part of your procurement process. Please include details of why this approach was chosen, the aims and deliverables that were desired and the critical success factors to successful delivery.

Ensuring the inclusion and effective management of diverse suppliers as a part of the sourcing and procurement process is not just the right thing to do, but is also hugely beneficial to organisations. Whilst supplier diversity can bring savings and efficiencies, many organisations do not know where to start in building a diverse supply chain, nor do they know what a good diverse supply chain looks like.

1. Please explain the approach your organisation has taken to embed supplier diversity within the procurement process and how this impacted on determining the best route to market and the outcomes that were achievable.

2. What level of supplier engagement was undertaken to ensure that the initiative was thoroughly scoped and designed with supplier diversity in mind?

3. Please describe any barriers to success that you encountered, whether at pre-market engagement, during the procurement exercise or at implementation of the contract and explain how these were overcome.

4. Please explain what outcomes have been achieved to date, since the commencement of this initiative and whether these match the deliverables anticipated at the outset. Please provide evidence of specific targets, key milestones, feedback received and performance indicators, service levels or other measurable benefits achieved. (Please include empirical evidence to support your answer)

5. In what areas has the contract exceeded the expectations of the authority, stakeholders and/or end users, delivering over and above the core requirement. (Please provide evidence to support this)

6. As a result of this procurement, have the benefits of supplier diversity been shared internally, across your organisation and with other organisations to help shape future procurement?