We at RRD are committed to the inclusion of minority- and women-owned businesses in our supplier base and to growing our total spending with these businesses. RRD has the most robust supplier diversity initiative in the print industry with two full-time staff people dedicated to strategy development and program management.
In 2007, our spending with this diverse business community was approximately $78 million. While we are pleased with our progress so far, we are not satisfied. We continue to set goals to identify new, incremental business opportunities for our MWBE supply chain partners. Our longer-range goal is for diverse supplier utilization to represent at least 5% of total procurement. We plan to benchmark ourselves against the best companies across all industry groups. We will continue to report our MWBE utilization to customers and to identify and develop MWBE suppliers, cultivating relationships with these businesses and measuring our progress.
RRD is an active corporate member of the National Minority Supplier Development Council and the Women's Business Enterprise National Council.