Our Mission and Outreach Efforts

The Home Depot, October 5, 2009

Mission

Our mission is to form mutually beneficial partnerships with diverse businesses that allow us to deliver superior products and services and superb customer service, which ultimately increases shareholder value.

We are committed to creating effective competition utilizing all possible sources. We will actively seek targeted diverse businesses and provide them the opportunity to partner with The Home Depot to provide competitively priced, high quality goods and services to our customers.

Outreach

In our efforts to actively reach out to diverse businesses, we have chosen several different vehicles to enhance our outreach efforts in order to build upon our program. First, we are national members of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and the National Minority Suppliers Development Council ( NMSDC). We also sponsor and attend national and regional diverse supplier and small business trade shows as well as chamber events.

In late 2005 The Home Depot became the title sponsor of a new non-profit organization created to foster growth in small businesses. The mission of The Resource Institute TRI which was co-founded by K. Michelle Johnson, Director of Supplier Diversity for Home Depot and David Zalik, CEO of GreenSky Financial. The mission of TRI is to help small, minority and women owned businesses grow by providing access to resources, including training, buyer networking, consulting and capital sources.

Finally, we advertise in publications that are geared toward diverse business owners. We believe these vehicles, in conjunction with our web site, will assist us in effectively identifying prospective suppliers who will partner with us as we continue to grow our business.

Accomplishments

Ranked #19 on Diversity Business Top 50 Corporate Supplier Diversity Programs (2006)

Ranked #23 for Top 50 American Organizations for Multicultural Business Opportunities (2005)

Ranked #32 for Top 50 American Organizations for Multicultural Business Opportunities (2004)

Honorable Mention for America’s Top Organizations for Multicultural Business Opportunities (2003)

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K. Michelle Sourie Johnson, Director of Supplier Diversity, The Home Depot.

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