Major League Baseball and the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce have launched an official partnership focused on the issue of supplier diversity. The move was announced in advance of the MLB’s diversity summit taking place March 8-9 in Phoenix.
The partnership will help connect LGBT-owned businesses to the MLB. Billy Bean, the MLB’s Vice President for Social Responsibility and Inclusion, and one of the only out former professional baseball players, told Fortune, “We’re looking forward to [the NGLCC] helping us to promote the [supplier diversity] initiatives we have.”
According to Jonathan Lovitz, the NGLCC’s Vice President of External Affairs, “NGLCC-certified LGBT suppliers will help the MLB achieve the brass ring nearly all major corporations and organizations aspire to: a billion dollar spend on minority-owned businesses.” NGLCC currently partners with the United States Tennis Association, and worked with the NFL regarding suppliers at this year’s Super Bowl.