State lax in enforcing law meant to track, support minority-owned businesses

The company did not claim a tax credit last year, records show.

TransUnion, one of the country’s largest credit reporting agencies, also reported spending 0% of its total expenditures on diverse suppliers after signing an EDGE agreement related to the expansion of its headquarters in the West Loop.

“TransUnion does not have a formal supplier diversity program and does not presently track supplier diversity statistics,” the company wrote in its 2018 and 2019 vendor diversity reports. “While this information is currently unavailable, the company hopes to begin tracking these statistics in the future.”

The company received a tax credit of nearly $1.6 million in 2019.

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Officials at TransUnion and Aldi did not return messages.

Chicago-based Hireology, a popular new hiring platform, told the BGA it hopes to soon start collecting data on its vendor diversity.

“As a small business, we do not currently track the diversity status of our vendors but have plans to do so in the future as we continue to grow,” said Katie Fairchild, vice president of marketing, “and are having the necessary internal conversations to further these efforts.”

“We believe that supporting minority-owned, women-owned, and veteran-owned suppliers is critical, now more than ever,” she said in her emailed statement. She also said most of the company’s vendors have established diversity programs.


October 12, 2020 at 09:25PM

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