Supplier Diversity

Supplier diversity is integral to our global integrated supply chain strategy. It is consistent with our values, enhances our competitiveness and capacity building, drives market connectivity and creates jobs and economic growth in the marketplace. Our supplier diversity program embraces suppliers who are at least 51% owned, operated and controlled by minorities, women, veterans, LGBTQ individuals or people with disabilities.

We focus on four pillars:

  1. Increased utilization of diverse suppliers
  2. Supplier development and mentoring
  3. Strategic outreach 
  4. Program globalization

Our innovative process identifies and pre-qualifies diverse-owned businesses to ensure a robust pipeline of diversity for procurement opportunities. The seven-step strategic sourcing process includes a Supplier Diversity Matrix, which enables us to avoid using price as the primary driver for supplier selection. Instead, we consider a range of factors as agreed upon by a cross-functional team, including supplier diversity, quality and risk.


We purchased $448 million in goods and services from diverse-owned businesses in 2018, a 9% increase from 2017.

Since the inception of the program, we have purchased more than $2.1 billion in goods and services from diverse-owned businesses in the United States.

Supporting Women Business Enterprises

Through our 2016 commitment to WEConnect International, we are expanding inclusive sourcing by collectively spending $15 billion with women-owned businesses globally through 2021. This year, we reported $253 million global spend with women-owned businesses, which reflects a 23% increase over prior year results. We are committed to creating an environmentally and socially sustainable supply chain, recognizing that inclusion of women-owned businesses in our supply chain promotes innovation and enables women to build wealth and sustainable prosperity in their communities around the world.