There is a business case for black economic empowerment (BEE) that will benefit all stakeholders, the South African Supplier Diversity Council believes. It works to grow business linkages, relationships and transactions among its members and certified suppliers, "in a way that contributes measurably to their competitiveness and image, and to inclusive economic growth", its website says. "Our vision is to be the leading corporate-driven council in SA dedicated to promoting sustainable supplier diversity through targeted procurement and black supplier development." CEO Gary Joseph says the council was "a product in the making" from 2008. "It was then already that I bought into the vision of there being such an organisation," he says. The council was formally established in 2011. "I was working at De Beers at the time and got involved in the economic linkages initiative that the National Business Initiative was implementing under the USAID-funded South African International Business Li...

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