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Onward & Upward: On Track Supplier Development Tier 2 Program

Cummins’ belief in engaging diverse suppliers inspires new and innovative ways to enhance our supply chain. Take for instance the Diversity Procurement team’s latest initiative, the OnTrack Supplier Development Tier 2 Program. Designed and managed by Lisa Hardin (Diversity Procurement Project Manager) to help Tier 1 Suppliers be better positioned to achieve distinct spend targets, the growing resource is helping Cummins strategically reach its global diversity and inclusion goals.

Since launching almost a year ago, the program has made tremendous strides in bridging the gap between current and prospective suppliers. Engaging ten of the Company’s largest Tier 1 partners, OnTrack has already guided participants in building even stronger diverse connections throughout Cummins’ supply base.

For much of 2016, the plan focused on education, particularly through various interactive workshops. In addition to reviewing reporting and spend tracking requirements, OnTrack welcomed SmartIT, a local staffing and solutions provider, to host the first quarterly review. A follow-up session was held in September to begin benchmarking both successes and challenges.

With the goal of opening the door for M/WBEs interested in becoming Tier 2s, Cummins also hosted a dynamic matchmaking session to explore available opportunities.

To round up the year, suppliers met one-on-one to proactively plan for 2017. Targeting specific needs and goals, the Cummins team is implementing individual and customized plans to drive more strategic results for its partners.

To learn more about the OnTrack Supplier Development Tier 2 Program, please email Lisa Hardin at [email protected].

Overview - OnTrack Supplier Development Tier 2 ProgramSmart IT meeting

Purpose: Provide Tier 1 suppliers with support and tracking of their diverse spend with Tier 2 suppliers

Key Program Benefits:

  • Establish annual diverse spend goals
  • Access to Cummins resources
  • Benchmarking (individually and collectively)
  • Supplier education and strategic networking
  • Sustainability planning

Launch of the Tier 2 Reporting Portal

To improve the tracking and reporting of Tier 2 diverse spending, Cummins recently launched an internal Diversity Spend Supplier Portal. To see how we’re capturing valuable benchmark data for our procurement program, visit

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