Burt Jordan Honored as ‘Chief Procurement Officer of the Year’ by National Minority Supplier Development Council

Burt Jordan, vice president, Global Purchasing Operations and Supply Chain Sustainability, has been recognized as Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) of the Year by the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC).

The award, presented virtually on June 11, honors an outstanding leader who advances the cause of supplier diversity, both within his or her corporation and throughout the corporate world.  A corporate executive whose transformative vision, passion, integrity and record of success have raised the bar in developing supplier diversity, even in the face of an evolving business environment and the challenge of effecting fundamental change in the corporate world.  

“This is a great honor.  I am proud to congratulate Burt and thank him for his leadership,” said Chief Product Development and Purchasing Officer Hau Thai-Tang.  “I also would like to thank Burt and the entire team for their commitment to excellence and supplier diversity at Ford.”

Jordan has been a sponsor for NMSDC since 2006 and a supporter of NMSDC initiatives and events.  He participates in panel discussions and attends regional executive committee meetings, conferences and leadership award dinners.

Jordan joined Ford in 1999 and has held a variety of positions in Purchasing.  In his current role, he is responsible for driving strategy transformation, growth and efficiencies through program delivery, purchasing strategy and supply chain sustainability.

“This recognition is a team accomplishment and a testament to our commitment to diversity and inclusion,” said Jordan.  “It is an honor for the entire Purchasing team and our Supplier Diversity & Inclusion Program.”

Jordan has been recognized by African Americans On Wheels magazine as one of the “70 Most Influential African American Men in the Automotive Industry.” In 2011, Jordan was recognized in the book, “Driven, A Tribute to African-American Achievement in the Automotive Industry.” And in 2010 and 2011, Jordan was named an “All Star for Minority Business” by Automotive News.

Jordan serves on the board of directors for Focus Hope and Boys & Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan. He is also a trustee for Alma College.

Ford Supplier Diversity & Inclusion (SDI)
Ford’s SDI program has been benchmarked as a model for best practices by a variety of Fortune 500 corporations.  Since its inception, SDI has developed and implemented processes for the inclusion of certified diverse suppliers and provided access to new business opportunities and enterprise development to ensure the profitability, viability and sustainability of minority business enterprises.

The success of Ford’s SDI program is based on four key components:  diverse spend performance, engagement with advocacy groups, community outreach and workplace diversity.

In 2018, Ford began using an innovative new platform, UniTier to achieve more efficient and effective Tier 2 diverse spend reporting.

Here are some of SDI’s accomplishments:

  • $153 Billion spent since 1978 with Diverse Companies
  • $8.49 Billion spent with certified Tier 1 Minority Business Enterprises in 2019
  • $1.53 Billion spent with certified Tier 1 Women Business Enterprises in 2019
  • $179 Million spent with Veterans in 2019
  • $5.2 Billion spent with Small Businesses in 2019
  • $4.22 Billion—Tier II Diversity Spend in 2019
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