Hi Lauren,Thanks for sharing this! It's not something I currently have any influence over however, as soon as I do it's something I will definitely bear in mind.
I think this should constantly be considered within a hiring context, a "what news/articles do I read" context, a "who do I consider socialising with" context and as you have just pointed out, a vendor selection context as well!
It's so easy to say that you will decide these things based on merit but without looking at what you or your company considers "merit" you're likely going to go with people that look or sound like you. If we want to create a more inclusive and diverse world then that thought process has to be challenged and diversity, equity and inclusion have to be actively pursued.
And those are my two cents :)