§ 17-501. Legislative Findings and Policy.
   (1)   Findings. The Council makes the following findings:
      (a)   Past discrimination in the City's contracting process by prime contractors against minority and women's business enterprises has resulted in significant underutilization of these business enterprises in contracts awarded by the City. A disparity report on minority business utilization conducted by D.J. Miller and Associates entitled "Philadelphia Consortium – Business Utilization Study", concluded that discrimination occurred in all types of City contracts with the effect of significant underutilization of minority and women's business enterprises.
      (b)   The provisions of this Chapter are necessary to overcome the effects of past discrimination and to prevent ongoing discrimination in the City's contracting process, while assuring that high quality goods and services are obtained through the competitive bidding process.
      (c)   A general goal of this Chapter is to provide narrowly tailored remedies to past discrimination.
   (2)   Policy. It is the policy of the City to foster an environment of inclusion in which all businesses are free to participate in business opportunities and to flourish without the impediments of discrimination. Businesses participating in all City contracts shall do so on a fair and equitable basis. Vendors on City contracts shall not discriminate against any business because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability. 99



   Amended, Bill No. 130224 (approved May 8, 2013).