Since first being invited to join in 2005, Calfee has been an active participant of the Greater Cleveland Partnership Equity & Inclusion division's CommitCLE program, in which 16 Cleveland organizations have committed to significantly increase spending on supplier diversity. As an inaugural member invited to represent the professional services industry in NEO, Calfee continues to participate in GCP’s CommitCLE program, which launched in 2019, to support local diverse businesses through intentional engagement with minority vendors and suppliers. To become a member, the firm had to both monitor and increase our annual supplier diversity spend.
We are proud to say we have increased our annual diversity spend by as much as 50% since becoming affiliated with the commission. We have been recognized as a community leader (among service providers) several times for our continued improvement in working with diverse suppliers.
Every year, we review and continuously look for ways to increase our spend with minority and women owned businesses. Calfee regularly attends business opportunity fairs sponsored by various minority business associations and chambers of commerce, such as the Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council, Northeast Ohio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and Plexus, the Northeast Ohio LGBT Chamber of Commerce.