Certification as a diverse supplier is available to U.S. companies that can demonstrate a controlling interest by members of one of four ethnic or racial groups, as defined by the Small Business Administration, including African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans (collectively, Ethnic Minorities), as well as women, veterans, the disabled, and members of the LGBT community.
For those companies who qualify, becoming a certified diverse supplier can offer numerous benefits:
Our iCert certification is the one solution that allows you to take advantage of your diverse ownership or control for your portfolio companies.
Our certification advisory service can help you streamline the process of getting certified from any of the the major certifying bodies, plus guide you on how to leverage certification to enhance your brand and sales and marketing efforts.
Good for sales
Up to 10% of sales come with supplier diversity requirements and companies that allocate 20% or more of their spend to diverse suppliers, attribute 10% to 15% of annual sales to supplier diversity programs
Hallmark of top-performing corporations
Companies with world-class procurement organizations devote 33% more spend to diverse suppliers, compared with the average company
Lower cost and higher ROI
Companies with supplier diversity programs spent on average 20% less on buying operations compared to similar companies operating without these programs
Source: Supplier Diversity Study, The HackettGroup, 2016