Monday, August 21, 2006

Research Shows Supplier Diversity Good for the Bottom Line

The following are excerpts from report of results on supplier diversity programs that was also reported in the Wall Street Journal on August 2. Increasing the reliance on women- and minority-owned businesses as suppliers does not cost leading procurement organizations more, according to new research from The Hackett Group, a strategic advisory firm and an Answerthink company (NASDAQ: ANSR). In fact, some cutting-edge companies find quite the opposite is true, and are finding ways to use supplier diversity to drive new sources of revenue. Hackett's research shows that world-class procurement organizations which focus heavily on supplier diversity don't sacrifice procurement savings to do so. In addition, these leading procurement organizations have slightly higher adoption rates of supplier diversity programs as typical companies, yet are able to generate 133%percent greater return on the cost of procurement operations than average performers, driving an additional $3.6 million to their company's bottom line for every $1 million in procurement operations costs.

Monday, August 07, 2006

The Premium for Learning English in the USA

Bruce P. Corrie, PhD Here is a number to help policy makers understand why people all over the world want to study English. All over the world, including the USA, there is a strong economic reason to become fluent in English. The difference in earnings between people who speak English very well versus those who do not speak English at all is an estimated $24,000. English language learners get it – why don’t our policy makers? (Data estimated from a recent study by Sum et. al. (2004) of the ETS on the human capital of immigrants in the USA)