Supplier Diversity

Overview

The Supplier Diversity Program (SDP) of the Red Cross is designed to strengthen our organization and our communities by proactively seeking woman, disabled, and minority business enterprises (WMBEs) who represent the communities we serve. By providing equitable opportunities for small and diverse suppliers, Red Cross derives multiple benefits. Not only do we contribute to the economic vitality of the communities we serve but also our organization benefits directly from a broader selection of competitively priced goods and services.

The SDP is integrated as part of our Supply Chain Management (SCM) team's daily business activities. Through the program, our Sourcing teams and Business units are able to build relationships with WMBEs and facilitate access to bid and contract opportunities through a combination of:

  • Advocacy - Internally, the Supplier Diversity team works to ensure that diverse suppliers gain visibility and have 100% inclusion in all sourcing, contracting, and procurement decisions made by SCM.
  • Outreach - Our team actively seeks to establish relationships with diverse suppliers through business networking, business fairs, matchmaker sessions, electronic and print communications, and participation in supplier events nationwide.
  • Certification Support - We encourage and direct suppliers to gain certification of their WMBE or small business status from CCR (Central Contractor Registry), diversity councils, and independent local and national agencies.
  • Mentoring - The Supplier Diversity team advises and guides diverse suppliers to prepare and position their businesses for maximum access to bid and contract opportunities with the Red Cross.
  • Referral - Our team actively communicates with WMBEs by referring relevant Requests for Proposal and other potential business leads.

Terms and Definitions

Our supplier diversity process provides WMBEs an opportunity to compete and participate in Red Cross procurement activities. While developing and promoting mutually beneficial relationships between our organization and suppliers, we are able to fulfill Red Cross operational requirements/needs at best quality and value.

An “Enterprise” is any business which fulfills the definition of Minority-Owned Business, Woman-Owned Business, Disabled Veteran-Owned Business, and Disabled-Owned Business. Enterprises must be certified by an acceptable agency, including without limitation, the Small Business Administration, the NMSDC Affiliated Council, or the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (“Agency”), etc.


Definitions

“Minority Group” — African Americans, Latino Americans, Native Americans (American Indians, Eskimos, Aleuts, and native Hawaiians), Asian-Pacific Americans, and other minority groups as recognized by the United States Small Business Administration Office of Minority Small Business and Capital Ownership Development.

“Minority-Owned Business Enterprise” — a “for profit” enterprise, regardless of size, physically located in the United States or its trust territories, which is at least fifty-one (51%) percent owned, operated and controlled, by one or more member(s) of a Minority Group who maintain United States citizenship.

“Woman-Owned Business Enterprise” — a “for profit” enterprise, regardless of size, located in the United States or its trust territories, which is at least fifty-one (51%) percent owned, operated and controlled by a female of United States citizenship.

“Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Enterprise” — a “for profit” enterprise, regardless of size, located in the United States or its trust territories, which is at least fifty-one (51%) percent owned, operated, and controlled by a disabled veteran. The disabled veteran's ownership and control shall be real and continuing and not created solely to take advantage of special or set aside programs aimed at supplier diversity. The Association of Service Disabled Veterans, www.asdv.org provides certification for this category of business owners throughout the United States.

“Disabled-Owned Business Enterprise” — a “for profit” enterprise, regardless of size, located in the United States or its trust territories, which is at least fifty-one (51%) percent owned, operated and controlled, by an individual of United States citizenship with a permanent mental or physical impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities and which has a significant negative impact upon the company's ability to successfully compete. The ownership and control shall be real and continuing and not created solely to take advantage of special or set aside programs aimed at supplier diversity. Due to the absence of a certifying agency for this category of business owners, the Disabled-Owned Business Enterprise must complete an affidavit and provide supporting documentation to be eligible for consideration towards diverse supplier participation.

1st Tier Supplier
Primary contractor/supplier engaged in direct business with the American Red Cross.
2nd Tier Supplier
Sub contractor/supplier engaged in indirect business with the American Red Cross.