What is a Diverse Supplier

what is a diverse supplier

A diverse supplier is defined as a U.S. privately held company that is 51% owned and operated by a woman, minority, veteran or person with a disability. The following categories make up the Gulf Supplier Diversity list: Women, African American, Asian American, Hispanic American, Native American/ Native Alaskan, Veterans, Disabled Veterans, LGBT, People with Disabilities.

It is the preference of Gulf to do business with diverse companies that are currently certified with a recognizable certification agency (e.g. NMSDC, WBENC, USPAACC, United States Department of Veterans Affairs or affiliates, Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Woman Business Enterprise (WBE), Small Business Enterprise (SBE), and Person with disabilities Business Enterprise (PDBE).

Certification of your company helps to ensure the integrity of Gulf Supplier Diversity initiatives. Non-Certified diverse suppliers may submit proposals to do business with Gulf but may be asked to pursue certification prior to awarding a contract. Gulf believes that it is important that the process for awarding contracts is consistent with all diverse supplier applicants.

Eligibility Checklist for all diverse supplier applicants:

  • Business owned by a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident of the U.S.
  • The business owner have the training/expertise to perform the work, and where required, has a license or certificate issued in his or her name
  • The business for profit, independent and currently functioning business maintaining a significant and local business presence
  • Understanding and compliance with all insurance, regulatory laws or conditions pertaining to your industry, specific product or service
  • The business at least 51% owned, managed and controlled by U.S. citizen(s) or legal U.S. permanent resident(s) that belongs to one of the following eligible groups:
    • Women
    • Person with Disability
    • Veterans
    • LGBT
    • Minority (Spanish/Hispanic, Asian-Pacific American, Black/African American or Native American) WW
  • The business meets the Small Business Administration (SBA) size standards as defined by 13 Code of the Federal Regulation (CFR) Part 121.103 pursuant to Section 3 of the Small Business Act
  • List of references that can support the performance in delivering products and services at the level that is being proposed


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