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Mr. Seiler said the 2006 supplier diversity spend goals for Florida Power & Light Company’s (FPL) Integrated Supply Chain is 10 percent of the company’s expenditures for Capital and Operating & Maintenance goods and services (excluding fuel and other federal General Services Agreement exemptions).  This goal includes SBA certified suppliers, suppliers certified through local and other councils, and diversity classified suppliers (e.g. African-American, Hispanic, etc).

Mr. Seiler said that a key role for Integrated Supply Chain’s procurement managers is to ensure that their procurement agents are aware of the need to seek diverse and small business suppliers for goods and services purchases.  In addition, these managers are responsible for properly recognizing key accomplishments of their agents and FPL’s suppliers in the area of diversity.

The Integrated Supply Chain’s responsibility in meeting their goals also includes fostering an environment that maintains a supplier diversity database, as well as ensuring that procurement files are properly documented to verify that FPL has adequately searched for minority and diversity suppliers.

In his presentation, Mr. Seiler said FPL has implemented improvements to the company’s Web site to make it easier for suppliers to do business with FPL.  A supplier section allows potential suppliers the ability to view procurement policies and standard terms and conditions.

Suppliers can register on-line to be considered for doing business with FPL.  The company Web site also offers updated access to lists of procurement agents and their respective commodities.

Mr. Seiler said that 100 percent of the procurement managers will participate in at least one diversity business related event during 2006.  The company will participate in this year’s matchmaker session (mentioned earlier by Mr. Paige) in Orlando.  At least 50 percent of the

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