Supplier Diversity at Microsoft

Supplier Diversity

Microsoft’s customers represent all of the people of the world, and we are committed to creating diversity in our supplier base that reflects this global diversity. We are strongly committed to supplier diversity, which includes seeking certified minority-, woman-, disabled-, and veteran-owned business enterprises from which to purchase competitively priced quality goods and services.

Whatever the size, scale, or background of your company, we encourage you to take a closer look at doing business with Microsoft.
Last year, we spent more than US$2 billion working with suppliers that are minority-, disabled-, veteran-, and woman-owned businesses in Fiscal Year 2014. Exceeding $2 billion dollars is a significant milestone for Microsoft as we join approximately twenty other US corporations that are part of the Billion Dollar Roundtable, an organization that recognizes and celebrates corporations that have achieved spending of at least $1 billion with minority- and women-owned businesses in the US. We achieved this milestone because our Procurement team is committed to increasing our annual diverse supplier expenditure.

“By developing and maintaining partnerships with a supplier base as diverse as the customers and the communities we serve, Microsoft is able to explore new ideas and maintain a fresh and competitive approach. This is especially critical as we shift to a Services & Devices company whose strategy is creating a family of devices and services for individuals and businesses that empower people around the globe, at home, at work, and for the activities they value the most.” Mike Simms, Chief Procurement Office

"Microsoft serves diverse markets globally," says Fernando Hernandez, Director of Supplier Diversity at Microsoft, "and we are convinced that our supplier diversity initiatives are a key competitive advantage, helping us win new business, retain customers, and reinforce the Microsoft brand."

We see no limit to the potential that, together, we all might realize. We believe in creating opportunities for people to succeed—and expect our suppliers to do the same. All of our prime suppliers are encouraged to subcontract work to diverse vendors.

Are You Interested in Working with Microsoft?

Microsoft has multiple resources to help diverse businesses obtain the necessary information, accreditations, and contacts to get started working with Microsoft.

How to Work with Microsoft


Partnering for Business Opportunities


Small Business Support


Make Your Businesses Visible to Microsoft

Are you ready to take the next step? Register your business at the link below. Microsoft Procurement will contact you if you meet the needs of a specific contract requirement or if we decide to consider your business for inclusion in the Microsoft Vendor Program.

Glossary Definitions

The following organizations have recognized the Microsoft Supplier Diversity program through the specified awards.
ASTRA NWMBC
Done Deals seven years running from
WBENC's Astra council
2012 Advocate of the Year
President's Award 2012