NATIONAL OUTREACH EFFORTS
Avis Budget Group meets with “benchmark” or “mentor” corporations whereby we exchange helpful suggestions for the expansion and effective management of a Strategic Business & Diversity Relations Unit such as ours. We meet with corporations throughout the United States as well as network with them at trade fairs for minority and women-owned businesses. As part of that effort, we have featured minority and women suppliers in various national ads.
Each year, Avis Budget Group sponsors and exhibits at numerous minority and women’s business trade fairs, conferences and conventions. Avis Budget Group is a corporate member of the following organizations:
Our field employees are encouraged to add diversified suppliers that can provide goods and services on an “as needed basis.” Avis Budget Group believes in word and in deed that doing business with diversified suppliers makes good business sense! Our Strategic Business & Diversity Relations Unit works aggressively with numerous organizations and agencies that promote opportunities for minority and women-owned businesses.
Our vision is to fully integrate minority and women suppliers into all aspects of the company’s supplier chain. We have also developed strategic alliances with minority and women professional service providers including attorneys and consultants specializing in airport concessions in an effort to proactively assist these companies as they advance and grow.
Reaching out and into the community is a vital and critical element of the Avis Budget Group ’s approach to identifying opportunities for small, minority and women-owned businesses. The Avis Budget Group Plan is aimed at improving contracting opportunities for its minority and women-owned business community. As noted above, local Strategic Business and Diversity Relationships Liaison Representatives staff our airport locations. Our liaisons participate in local events and consistently work to ensure that our DBE database continues to grow.
In addition, we are participating in the Welfare to Work initiatives on a national basis. Our participation is mainly through job readiness training centers. At the present time, we work with the following organizations: American Works, Urban League, Access for Women, Business Link, Federation Employment and Guidance Services, Inc. (FEGS), New York State Department of Labor, Board of Cooperative Educational Services and more. To date, 550 individuals have been hired by Avis Budget Group through the Welfare to Work initiatives.