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Diversity has always been and will always be a part of Ogilvy's DNA, our core values and our culture. Our founder David Ogilvy was an early advocate for diversity in the workplace and, as Chairman of the United Negro College Fund, in 1968 he set the agenda for the agency's pursuit of inclusion in the workplace.

“In recruitment and promotion, we are fanatical in our hatred for all forms of prejudice.”
- David Ogilvy “Principles of Management”, 1968

We strive to create an environment in which all employees can contribute to their fullest potential. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, veteran status, disability, domestic violence victim status, age, citizenship, marital or domestic/civil partnership status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or because of any other status or condition protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

Ogilvy & Mather recognizes Diversity and Inclusion as a critical component of talent management and essential to our business. A diverse workforce is the lifeblood of effective marketing communications and we have seen the real benefits. Ogilvy firmly believes a racially, ethnically and culturally diverse workforce, where all perspectives are valued, will lead to richer consumer insights.

We are proud to be one of the few companies in our industry with a dedicated Diversity & Inclusion team.

Professional Networks

We are a network of employee and business-resources groups created by our people, for our people who influence change and are dedicated to activating our diverse and inclusive culture.

Based in NY, we have chapters across the country and in the UK and Hong Kong.

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We strongly believe continual learning is an essential part of the Ogilvy experience. The D&I team partners with Learning & Development to embed Diversity awareness and workshops throughout their fundamental offerings and our Professional Networks are tasked with providing educational opportunities.

Additionally, we offer “Unconscious Bias” and "Millennial is not a Dirty Word”, and will create sessions to suit the unique needs of our teams - from Cross-Cultural Competencies to Managing Diverse Teams to Women in Leadership.

Recent Awards & Recognitions

Ogilvy North America has received numerous industry awards for work that reflects the diversity of our clients' customer bases and recognition for our accomplishments in the area of diversity.

Supplier Diversity at ogilvy

Supplier Diversity is an important part of how Ogilvy conducts business. We recognize that our clients need the best resources to reach an increasingly diverse market. Our supplier diversity program gives us the ability to tap into the insights, creativity and competitiveness of diverse businesses. Supplier Diversity is not only a reality of the American marketplace, it is also closely aligned with our core values and approach to business.

The Goal of Ogilvy's Supplier Diveristy Program is Two-Fold:

  • To attain a competitive advantage for our clients and ourselves by engaging the talents, resources, creativity and ingenuity of companies that help us communicate more effectively with America's increasingly diverse market segments.
  • To expand our understanding of diverse communities as we contribute to their growth by utilizing businesses owned by members of those communities and by utilizing businesses that employ diverse workforces and maintain diverse supply chains.

If you are a diverse supplier we invite you to register through our supplier portal, but first please become familiar with our program guidelines.


Our Supplier Diversity Program enables Ogilvy to expand the breadth and depth of the resources used to satisfy our client needs. We encourage our buyers to use the resources of Ogilvy Supplier Diversity Program as a key part of their overall sourcing strategy. Suppliers are chosen based on their ability to meet critical business needs, as defined by our division and departments – usually in accordance with our client's requirements. Within each department, individual buyers and decision-makers evaluate and select suppliers based on their own assessment of the total value a supplier bring to Ogilvy's ability to satisfy our clients. We expect all of our suppliers to offer us the following:

  • Integrity
  • Quality products and services
  • On-time delivery
  • Competitive pricing

Qualified Participants

Ogilvy & Mather's Supplier Diversity Program serves businesses that are at least 51 percent owned operated and controlled by one or more individuals who belong to the following minority groups: African American, Hispanic Americans, Asian American and Native Americans.

Women owned businesses that are 51 percent owned, controlled, operated, and managed by a woman or women.

Ogilvy Supplier Diversity Program also recognizes and encourages businesses designated by the Small Business Administration, Veterans, Service Disabled Veterans, Hubzone as well as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered (LGBT) owned businesses to apply.

How Ogilvy Buys Goods & Services

Any diverse business seeking to participate in our Supplier Diversity Program is encouraged to obtain third-party certification, which ensures a business's diversity status. Ogilvy & Mather accepts certification from the following:

  • Affiliate councils of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC)
  • Affiliate councils of the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
  • The National Women Business Owners Corporation (NWBOC)
  • The Small Business Administration (SBA)
  • Certification from local, state, federal government agencies.
  • National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)

Please note that registering as a diverse supplier on Ogilvy's Supplier Diversity database does not guarantee you or your business an opportunity to bid on any immediate or future procurement opportunities with us. Registration is only the first step towards becoming an actual supplier, you or your company must provide Ogilvy & Mather with a strategic advantage.

If you are a diverse supplier and wish to be considered for potential business opportunities with Ogilvy, please go to supplier registration portal to submit your company’s information.

For general information on the Ogilvy Supplier Diversity Program, you can email

Qualified Participants

Ogilvy's decentralized philosophy allows varying degrees of delegation of authority, responsibility and control of purchasing activities. Below is a list of the departments and their managers that work directly with their own suppliers:

Purchasing, North America Michael Granath, Director

Broadcast Production Matt Bonin, Chief Production Officer

Art Buying Cindy Rivet, Director

H&O New York Jonathan Parker, Regional Chief Operating Officer

Enterprise Technology/IT Charles Lehanka, Regional Technology Director

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