We support diverse suppliers whose product, service quality, and demonstration of customer commitment are consistent with ours, by offering these businesses open access to, and the full opportunity to participate in, the firm’s procurement processes. Guardian welcomes the opportunity to do business with certified, diverse suppliers who offer innovative capabilities to address our company’s evolving business challenges. We've expanded our Supplier Diversity program, growing our diverse supplier base by 30% since 2012 and our total diverse spend by more than $27 million. 

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.

How to participate

In order to participate in our program you must be certified by one of the following:

  • 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

Interested diverse suppliers should send a copy of their certification(s) to Guardian at Supplier_Diversity@glic.com. Once submitted, diverse suppliers will receive email confirmation of Guardian’s receipt of their certification materials. Their names will then be vetted through our certification process and made available to Guardian’s sourcing team for possible inclusion in future procurement activities.

Please note that submitting this information is not a guarantee of business and that contracts are not awarded based on diverse certification status alone. All vendors, whether certified as diverse suppliers or not, must undergo additional qualification by Guardian’s operating business units and/or sourcing team for the best possible fit with respect to Guardian’s business needs.