2018 TOP 30 Champions of Diversity
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Jaspreet Singh

Director, Supply Chain Management
DTE Energy

Supplier Diversity Becomes Part of DTE Energy Culture with Jaspreet Singh's Leadership

As the Director of Supply Chain Management for DTE Energy, Jaspreet Singh has been instrumental in the growth of DTE’s spend with certified diverse suppliers. His strategy focused first on changing supplier diversity from a program to an integral component of the corporate culture. Consideration of diversity is now a natural element of procurement decisions across the organizations. Jaspreet also focused on partnering with diverse businesses in Detroit and Michigan to promote economic growth. He encourages employees to openly share experiences, ideas and opinions through their participation in employee Energy Groups. These groups drive diversity and inclusion at the grassroots level through professional development, mentoring, and support of aspirations.

Singh employs a variety of key best practices, beginning with encouraging Tier 1 suppliers to partner with minority businesses. He worked with DTE Energy's leadership to establish formal Tier II diversity supplier spend targets that are closely monitored via scorecards. Singh believes that a disciplined approach to supplier diversity enables the company to multiply the value of its supplier diversity dollars and create more economic growth.

Favorite Quote:
“The focus on Supplier Diversity is part of our DNA. It gives us a competitive advantage, but more importantly it creates opportunities for small businesses and a result supports families, grows the economy and creates stronger communities.” – Tony Tomczak, CPO