Global Supplier Diversity and Sustainability Lead
Nedra Dickson is the Global Supplier Diversity and Sustainability Lead for Accenture.
She is responsible for leading and promoting Accenture’s well-established efforts to maximize procurement opportunities with diverse businesses as suppliers and subcontractors within 16 countries. Nedra has grown Accenture’s Diverse Supplier Development Program (DSDP) in four geographies (US, Canada, UKI & South Africa).
She holds several board seats within the Supplier Diversity Community.
Board member for Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
Board member for Georgia Minority Supplier Diversity Council (GMSDC)
Board member for Greater Women’s Business Council (GWBC)
Board member for Supplier Diversity Leadership Council for The Conference Board (TCB)
Nedra was recognized as one of Atlanta, Georgia Top 25 Women in their Female Success Factor Series.
Nedra was honored in WE magazine - Women Enterprise honors America’s Top 100 Leaders in Corporate Supplier Diversity.
Nedra was recognized at Top 25 Women in Power Impacting Diversity.
Her experiences range from Technology Support, Delivery Center Implementations, SAP Development, Operations Management, Customer Service and Sourcing and Category Management.
Nedra grew up in Arkansas and holds an MBA from University of Southern California, a BS degree from Florida State University and BA degree from California State University @ Northridge.
Accenture promotes an inclusive work environment that influences how we run our business, and we strive to work with others who embrace our values. Our supplier inclusion and diversity efforts demonstrate our commitment to inclusive procurement practices to create long-term value for our clients and our communities. We focus on minority-, ethnic- and women-owned businesses and those owned by persons with disabilities, visible and otherwise; veterans with and without disabilities; refugees; people geographically remote from labor markets; and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons.
Our Supplier Inclusion & Diversity program includes 17 countries (by the end of fiscal 2017), engaging diverse- and small-/medium-sized businesses into our supply chain and supporting local marketplace empowerment through capacity building programs and collaborations with several global and local entrepreneurship organizations, including WEConnect International (which we co-founded and serve on its board) in 13 countries across Asia Pacific, Europe, Africa and Latin America, and Self-Employed Women's Association (SEWA), which aims to improve the livelihood of former female waste-pickers by strengthening their business.
We believe that small, medium and diverse businesses should have equal opportunity to participate in the procurement sourcing process. We focus not only on expanding our own pool of small, medium and diverse suppliers, but also on encouraging our large suppliers to leverage diverse suppliers on Accenture’s behalf.
We have been able to track our diverse procurement spend most consistently in the United States, where we achieved a rate of 30 percent of total procurement spend with diverse suppliers in fiscal 2016.