At Allstate, environmental and social leadership in our purchasing decisions helps us demonstrate Our Shared Purpose. We screen suppliers for ethical and sustainable practices and help them adopt ethical and sustainable behaviors.
The Allstate Sustainable Procurement Program aims to enhance Allstate’s reputation, mitigate corporate risks and align purchasing decisions with environmental and social sustainability. In 2015, our Sourcing & Procurement Solutions department analyzed our most-used supplier resources and prioritized the key commodity areas. As a result, we focused our responsible purchasing program on computer equipment, furniture, leased properties, paper products, professional services, software, utilities and our corporate vehicle fleet.
The main elements of the responsible purchasing program include:
In 2018, the Allstate Sustainable Procurement Program is planning to benchmark Allstate suppliers on our most relevant sustainability risks.
The sustainability questionnaire contains KPIs to assess a supplier against the most material impacts related to that resource. Questionnaires are distributed to suppliers for data collection. Each KPI has a dedicated subsection.
Sustainable procurement playbooks provide a detailed rationale behind assessing material impacts and how suppliers should respond to the KPIs. We distribute the playbooks to Allstate’s commodity managers in each spending category, who then use the tools to help suppliers provide required information for each KPI. We continue to mature our process to accurately and consistently track supplier KPIs.
Just as organizations’ reliance on information technology has increased, so has the importance of customer privacy and data security. To mitigate the potential risks of an information security breach arising from a supplier relationship, we provide vendor-specific training on Allstate’s security standards. We train suppliers to recognize behaviors that increase risk, familiarize them with Allstate’s corporate values and evaluate security protocols of every supplier with access to sensitive data. Since 2017, Allstate has required all vendors to complete this course.
To be eligible for our Supplier Diversity Program, a company must provide certification as a minority-, woman-, veteran-, LGBTQ- or disabled-owned business by one of the following councils:
We evaluate progress by measuring our targeted spending in the first five categories listed below. We also measure our inclusive spending in all 13 categories identified by the Small Business Administration as diverse and of special interest in meeting statutory obligations. These include:
Allstate works with select organizations to conduct national benchmarking, connect with diverse suppliers and identify successful practices in supplier diversity. Allstate is a member of the following organizations:
In 2017, we were recognized for our supply chain diversity efforts:
Allstate is committed to helping develop diverse suppliers through our supplier diversity initiatives. Every year, we host the Allstate Supplier Diversity Exchange, which gives diverse suppliers and startups the opportunity to network with key Allstate decision makers and our major suppliers and strategic partners. The program creates a mutually beneficial relationship: Allstate helps support businesses in underserved areas, and participating companies become better positioned to compete for contracts. While attendance at this event does not guarantee business, since its inception, more than 100 participants have had the opportunity to compete for Allstate’s business, with over 50% having been awarded contracts. Since the exchange started in 2008. Allstate has spent over $850 million with diverse suppliers that have participated in the event through 2017.
We also support diverse businesses through the Allstate Mentoring Program. Diverse companies are selected to receive training, resources and networking opportunities aimed at building their business capacity.