It is the policy of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County to promote full and equal business opportunities for all persons doing business with the Metropolitan Government. It is further the policy of the Metropolitan Government that firms seeking to participate in contracting and procurement activities with the Metropolitan Government are not prevented from doing so on the basis of the race or gender of their owners
In an effort to increase diversity inclusion, some Metro solicitations will request the inclusion of a diversity plan as a part of the response to the solicitation. A Diversity Plans as an effective “roadmap” of sorts for best including diverse business types in their business activities. Diversity Plan development is among the best practice steps a business can take to ensure that it is recruiting and including diverse business partners.
In such responses, prime contractors are requested to provide Metro with information regarding their diversity and inclusion strategy.
A good procurement diversity plan should include at a minimum the following components:
- Statement of Commitment;
- Strategic Approaches and Methodologies taken to ensure maximum participation by Minority, Service Disabled Veteran, Small, and Woman Owned Businesses (SMWSDVOB);
- Methods to Ensure Prompt Payment of SMWSDVOBS;
- Utilization Monitoring and Reporting Tactics-including specific techniques used to monitor participation on an ongoing basis and report to relevant business partners including Metro.
- Details Regarding past Utilization of SMWSDVOBS, including results (% of work) on specific projects.