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Supplier Diversity and Inclusion Program

UPMC’s Supplier Diversity and Inclusion Program, which began in 1989, and reengineered in 2006, is designed to provide minority, woman-owned, and disadvantaged businesses, LGTBQ, and Veteran owned vendors equal access to procurement opportunities. The program ensures that certified Diverse business partners are provided the maximum opportunity to participate as partners and suppliers of goods and services to UPMC.

Our Approach:

  • Supplier Diversity and Inclusion is an integral part of the UPMC Supply Chain Management (SCM) strategy
  • UPMC actively recruits Diverse Business Enterprises to participate in the Supplier Diversity and Inclusion Program.
  • UPMC seeks to enter into first and second tier business relationships with Diverse Business Enterprise suppliers who provide quality, cost-competitive products and services to UPMC.
  • A primary focus of the program is to grow the capacity of Diverse Business Enterprise suppliers.
  • The Diverse Business Education and Development Initiative provides education, training, mentoring, and networking opportunities to Diverse Business Enterprise members.
  • Diverse Business Enterprises interested in the program are required to register via our Supplier Diversity and Inclusion Registration website.

Diverse Business Enterprise Corporate Policy Statement

It is the policy of the UPMC to provide certified diverse business enterprises the maximum opportunity to participate as partners and suppliers of goods and services. UPMC is committed to supplier diversity and inclusion as an integral part of its overall Supply Chain Management (SCM) strategy.

Implicit in this policy is the assumption that any such diverse business shall have the required qualifications to bid for the provision of goods and services. UPMC Supply Chain Management maintains a certified diverse vendor file.

UPMC recognizes that these diverse firms enhance its supply chain and increase its competitive advantage in the marketplace. Our goal as an organization is not only to be “best in class," but to create a Supplier Diversity and Inclusion Program that is recognized as “World Class” among nationally and internationally renowned health systems and the larger business community.

All personnel associated with the UPMC’s Supply Chain Management activities will be made aware of this policy. These employees are expected to commit themselves to its implementation through integration into purchasing and distribution strategies, procedures, and good faith efforts.

Eligibility Requirements, Certification, and Participation

To participate in the program, a business must be a verified self-certified or certified as a minority, woman-owned, disadvantaged business enterprise, LGBT-owned, or veteran-owned, which are defined as a business that is owned, controlled, and operated by a minority, woman, or disadvantaged group member. In order to be certified, a business must do the following:

  • Must maintain 51% ownership and maintain daily control of their business
  • Must be located in the U.S. or its territories
  • Owner must be a U.S. citizen

UPMC recognizes certification of Diverse Business Enterprise by the following agencies:
*This list of recognized diverse certifications is nonexclusive as we recognize all 50 states diverse certification programs as well.

National Minority Supplier Development Council, and its regional affiliates

Small Business Administration 8 (a) certification

  • Women Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
  • National Women Business Owners Corporation (NWBOC)
  • U.S. Business Leadership Network-Disability Supplier Diversity and Inclusion Program (USBLN-DSDP)
  • Pennsylvania Unified Certification Program
  • Allegheny County MWDBE Certification
  • Pittsburgh Regional Transit
  • Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
  • National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
  • Vets First Verification Program
  • National Association of Veteran Owned Businesses (NaVOBA)

UPMC recognizes the following forms of self-certification verification:

  • Notarized letter signed by business owner stating that business is at least 51% Diverse owned and operated and a copy of owner’s valid driver’s license.

Supplier Diversity and Inclusion Registration Process

Please follow the instruction provided on the Supplier Diversity and Inclusion Registration Form.

When an opportunity is available for the services your company provides, your information will be reviewed with the SCM Sourcing Team. You will be contacted by the Supplier Diversity and Inclusion Program or a Sourcing representative and if appropriate a meeting scheduled.

Resource Links*

*This list is not exclusive.