University of Wisconsin–Madison

Using Government Procurement to Advance Racial Equity

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2022
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Community Development, Economic Justice, Finance & Procurement
Governments can promote racial equity through procurement and contracting reforms that increase vendor diversity and expand racially equitable service outcomes. This report outlines successful case studies and best practices for developing equitable procurement strategies and recommends leveraging procurement to invest directly in firms led by people of color, reducing bonding and insurance practices that shift risk onto business owners, and conducting targeted outreach to expand contracting opportunities to underserved populations.

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