Supplier Diversity

Supplier Diversity Statement

At Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, we are committed to helping to improve the well-being and financial health of local businesses and suppliers who are owned and operated by members of historically underserved and underrepresented populations.

We believe that buying from local, Arizona-based businesses fuels economic health at the community level.

We believe that buying from diverse-owned suppliers brings innovation, high quality goods and services, and efficiencies to our supply chain, leading to competitive advantage for our company.

We also believe that economic inclusion of locally-owned and diverse-owned suppliers enriches the quality of life in the communities in which we live and operate.

  • Business Classifications Recognized

    Our Supplier Diversity Program prioritizes engaging businesses that are locally-owned (headquartered in AZ) and/or classified as a Small Business by the Small Business Association (SBA), and/or owned by the following, historically underutilized, groups:

    • Ethnic Minorities
    • Women
    • Veterans and Service-Disabled Veterans
    • Persons with a Disability
    • Persons who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, or Intersex

    All companies must be at least 51% owned, controlled, operated, and managed by US citizens.

  • Preferred Certifications

    Our Supplier Diversity Program recognizes certifications/designations from the following organizations:

    • Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) or local affiliates
    • National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) or local affiliates
    • National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)
    • US Business Leadership Network (USBLN)
    • Federal government (SBA, SAM)
    • State government
    • Local government
    • Members of the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF)
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