In Guardian’s supplier diversity program, a diverse supplier is a for-profit enterprise that is owned, controlled and operated by (1) minority group members (e.g., Hispanic American; Native American; African American), (2) women, (3) U.S. military veterans, or (4) lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender individuals. For this purpose, “owned” means that the enterprise is at least 51% owned by such individuals (if the entity is publicly owned, at least 51% of the stock must be owned by one or more such individuals), “controlled” means that such persons actively exercise the power to make policy decisions for the enterprise, and “operated” means that such persons are actively involved in the daily management of the business.

Supplier affiliations & member organizations

  • National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) www.nmsdc.org

  • Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) www.wbenc.org

  • National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) www.nglcc.org

  • National Veteran-Owned Business Association (NAVOBA) www.navoba.com

  • Certification from select federal, state, and local government agencies

  • Small Business Administration 8(a) Program (SBA) www.sba.gov