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Penn's Economic Inclusion Initiatives

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Engaging locally is one of the University’s bedrock components and one expression of that engagement is Penn's economic inclusion initiatives, which provide opportunities for local individuals and businesses to participate in the economic activity of Philadelphia's largest private employer. Three components are at the core of the initiatives:

Work Force   Supplier Diversity   Construction
GOAL: Increase employment opportunities by improving job skills and workforce capacity.

Penn's Division of Human Resources has hiring practices and partnerships that encourage the recruitment, retention, and development of a committed and diverse workforce. Operating under an Affirmative Action plan and principles for faculty and staff, Penn tracks the composition of its workforce and regularly identified under-represented populations for targeted recruitment efforts and skills development opportunities. To Learn more about Penn's workforce, visit Human Resources.
  GOAL: Support small businesses through the procurement of locally provided products and services.

The Division of Business Services supports Penn's commitment to economic inclusion by leveraging University purchasing power to encourage local business growth that aids businesses owned by under-represented minorities and women. Launched in 1986, Business Services also operates the Local Community Business Program, designed to pursue business opportunities for local community businesses. To learn more about Penn's local purchasing initiatives, visit Fueling Business Growth.
  GOAL: On projects over $5 million, aspire to 25% of contracts awarded to minority and women-owned companies, and 20% of the field workforce to consist of minorities and women.

The Division of Facilities and Real Estate Services directs Penn's capital projects, which are on average $250 million annually. Penn encourages economic inclusion on all construction projects, with extensive opportunities for local residents, minority-owned businesses, and women-owned business to participate in its major capital projects. To learn more about construction opportunities, visit Facilities & Real Estate.