Calfee is a very involved consumer when it comes to support for Women and Minority Owned Business Enterprises (WMBE) suppliers. Since first being invited to join in 2005, Calfee has been an active participant in The Commission on Economic Inclusion, an affiliate group of the Greater Cleveland Partnership. To become a member, the firm had to commit both to increase and monitor its annual diversity spend. We are proud to say we have increased our annual diversity spend by as much as 50 percent since becoming affiliated with the commission. We have been recognized as a community leader (among service providers) several times for our continued improvement in working with diversity suppliers.
In addition to requiring our vendor prospects to identify on their applications if they are minority or women owned, we also have retained the services of Supplier Gateway, a local Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) that specializes in finding and verifying qualified diversity suppliers.
Every year, we review our diversity spend and continuously look for ways to increase our use of minority and women owned businesses. Calfee regularly attends business opportunity fairs sponsored by the various minority business associations and chambers of commerce such as the Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council; Plexus, the northeast Ohio LGBT chamber of commerce; and the Northeast Ohio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. We continuously look to connect to a diverse community of vendors of goods and services.