Economic inclusivity: Commitment to underrepr...
Economic inclusivity

Commitment to underrepresented communities

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The Miami Beach Convention Center, an OVG360 managed venue, announced it has teamed with Oak View Group (OVG), the global venue development, advisory, and investment company for the sports and live entertainment industries, for participation in the launch of its companywide supplier diversity program. Deepening its commitment to economic inclusivity, the initiative is a part of OVG's continued pledge to be a catalyst for lasting change and inclusion throughout its organisation, partners, and the communities it serves while encouraging the growth of minority-owned businesses and women-owned businesses.

„We understand that we need to think beyond customer service“
Tim Leiweke, chairman and CEO, Oak View Group
In addition to the Miami Beach Convention Center, other venues committed to participating in the pilot program, which will fully launch in January, include Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle, the world's first carbon zero certified arena; UBS Arena in Belmont Park, and Moody Center in Austin Texas. "We understand that we need to think beyond customer service and start to deepen our commitment to underrepresented communities. Minority-owned businesses are the social, economic and cultural fabric of our economy and we want to be a part of empowering those communities", said Tim Leiweke, chairman and CEO, Oak View Group. "If you don't have a multicultural business strategy today, you won't be competitive or around in the next 10 years." OVG will work to identify and increase sourcing from suppliers that are at least 51% owned, operated and managed at least 51% by a non-white minority, a disabled person or a woman. The programme aims to foster economic inclusivity by making OVG's supply chain more diverse by encouraging the use of vendors that are historically overlooked.