As Entergy continues to invest in infrastructure and grid modernization projects, we’ve had to take special steps to ensure local diverse suppliers (often smaller firms) have opportunities to participate. Due to the scale and scope of large capital projects, it’s often hard for smaller firms to compete. In order to fulfill our commitment to the communities we serve, we strengthened our second tier supplier program to maximize opportunities for local diverse firms.
We implemented a threefold process: 1) Communication during the request for proposal (RFP); 2) Evaluating the Prime contractor’s subcontracting plan and; 3) measuring results.
The RFP process includes:
The evaluation process includes:
Post-bid practices include:
Our second tier spend by engineering, procurement and construction contractors increased over 500% from 2015 to 2016 and in April, Entergy was recognized by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council with the America's Top Corporations for Women's Business Enterprises award.
Our focus on diverse suppliers benefits all of our stakeholders and is an important component of our commitment to the communities we serve.