Shire Joins the United States National LGBT Chamber of Commerce as a Corporate Partner

Aug 1, 2018 12:00 PM ET

Shire is proud to announce that it has joined the United States National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) as one of its corporate partners dedicated to supporting LGBT entrepreneurs and sourcing from NGLCC’s certified LGBT Business Enterprises (LGBTEs). For more than 15 years NGLCC has been the exclusive certifying body for LGBT owned and operated businesses in the United States. Working with LGBTBEs is an important part of Shire’s Supplier Diversity and Inclusion program as well as Shire’s Responsibility commitments.

Shire is committed to working closely with its suppliers and making positive changes along its value chain by encouraging our business partners, suppliers, and contractors to adopt responsible and sustainable practices.

To that end, Shire’s Responsibility strategy includes a focus on ensuring supplier commitment to responsibility by evaluating the social and environmental performance of Shire’s strategic suppliers and working with strategic suppliers to influence performance. Shire also has launched a new Supplier Code of Conduct that describes Shire’s expectations of its suppliers.

Supplier diversity is also an important aspect of our approach to responsible supply chain management. We seek and select qualified suppliers from all segments of the business community. In the U.S., we employ our Supplier Diversity Program to ensure that Minority-Owned, Women-Owned, Veteran-Owned, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses, businesses located in Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) and Small Disadvantaged Businesses are afforded a fair and equal opportunity to participate in the awarding of contracts. In 2017, 13% of our spend with US-based suppliers was directed to businesses in our Supplier Diversity Program, equating to $461.2 million.

For more information about NGLCC, visit To learn more about Shire’s Responsibility commitments and goals, please visit Shire’s Annual Responsibility Review at or view our latest video on Responsibility.