CEO-to-CEO Challenge

Join the CEO-to-CEO Challenge

Kansas City’s leading corporations and businesses are committing to increase their supplier diversity programs in an effort to promote equity and support local businesses. Show your support by taking the CEO-to-CEO Challenge and committing to an intentional and inclusive approach to procurement.


Build business partnerships in spaces where people may not have thought they could participate.


Create social and economic mobility within our communities.


Promote Kansas City’s regional economic growth and innovation.


Welcome diverse suppliers and invite new opportunities for innovation and partnerships to increase your bottom line.


Build a more sustainable supplier diversity program with the help of tested and shared best practices.


Leverage your competitive advantage through diversity, equity and inclusion.


Build your brand by demonstrating your contribution to the vitality of our local business community.


Accelerate KC’s entrepreneurial momentum by supporting our new and emerging businesses.


Create generational wealth and a viable, diverse workforce.


Strengthen our businesses’ resilience and establish regional dominance.

Set the example. Sign the pledge and join the CEO-to-CEO Challenge.

I commit our firm to intentional, inclusive procurement with diverse suppliers of 100 employees or fewer. This effort will be integrated into our strategic sourcing and purchasing processes. Where possible, local suppliers will be prioritized to generate efficiency and innovation for our firm, increase opportunities for small and diverse suppliers and ultimately contribute to the economic growth of the region.  

Ultimately, our goal is to grow our spend with small and diverse suppliers. We will accomplish this by establishing and supporting partnerships with the small and diverse business community, helping these businesses grow and engaging with community organizations that share our commitment.   

I pledge to: 

  • Support the local economy by buying from small and diverse businesses. 
  • Be an advocate for the cause internally and with my peers. 
  • Establish an internal accountability framework for intentional, inclusive procurement to include data tracking and reporting of new and existing vendors.  
  • Tie inclusive procurement goals to the firm’s strategic priorities, thereby weaving it into the culture of our company. 
  • Evaluate sourcing and procurement spend and explore opportunities to grow and expand relationships and processes to include diverse suppliers. 
  • Build the diversity of the firm’s supplier pipeline. 
  • Spotlight success stories of diverse suppliers. 
  • Add resources for development and measurement of these activities. 

In making this pledge, I commit to reporting our progress to KCSourceLink on a yearly basis, understanding this information will be part of an annual progress report to the community delivered by KCSourceLink. (Community reports will be in aggregate with no individual firm identified.)

Download the Supply Chain Diversity Pledge here.

We’ll send you the pledge letter and follow up with the Challenge Playbook and next steps.

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Be a part of the first 100 KC leaders to take the pledge 

Be an impactful example for our community and join the leaders of these companies
who have already committed to intentional, inclusive procurement with small and diverse suppliers.

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