Enabling people and businesses throughout the world to realize their full potential
Microsoft seeks to foster greater levels of diversity in our supplier base to reflect the global diversity of our customers. Our commitment to help people realize their potential extends from our products to our procurement practices—to you. The Microsoft mission is very inclusive—it encompasses all people and every area of our enterprise.
We also embrace a core set of values, and we look for suppliers who share those values and can assist us in fulfilling our mission.
We invite you to explore this site and decide if you would like to work with us as we turn our passionate tradition of innovation into opportunities for discovery and growth. At Microsoft, it's our belief that the true measure of our success is not in the power of our software, but in the power it unleashes in all of us.
Whatever the size, scale, or background of your company, we encourage you to take a closer look at doing business with Microsoft.
We spent more than US$2.5 billion working with suppliers that are minority-, disabled-, veteran-, and woman-owned businesses in Fiscal Year 2016. Exceeding $2.5 billion dollars in US diversity spend is significant for Microsoft, as the company continues to see YoY growth in diversity spend. This YoY growth has helped to solidify our place as an active member and leader in the Billion Dollar Roundtable organization, an organization that recognizes and celebrates corporations that spend at least $1 billion with minority- and women-owned businesses in the United States annually.
“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 suppliers.
Who qualifies as “diverse”?
- At least 51% owned, operated, and managed by US citizens in a government recognized diversity group (gender, race, veteran, etc.)
- In a HUBZone – Located in and employs individuals residing in a Historically Underutilized Business Zone (as defined by SBA)
Are you interested in working with Microsoft?
Microsoft requires that businesses categorized as “diverse” be certified by a third party, and partners with multiple resources to help diverse businesses obtain the necessary information, accreditations, and contacts to get started working with Microsoft.
Small business support
- Diversity resources and contacts
- Small Business Contracting with MCS application form (PDF)
- Microsoft Small Business
- Microsoft for Work
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 Supplier Program.
Diversity glossary definitions
- Minority Business Enterprise (MBE)
- Minority, Women, or Veteran Business Enterprise (MWVBE)
- Service Disabled Veteran-owned Business (SDVOB)
- Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) Concern
- Veteran-owned Business (VOB)
- Women Business Enterprise (WBE)
The following organizations have recognized the Microsoft Supplier Diversity program through the specified awards.
- Fernando Hernandez honored as 2015 USA Champion of Supplier Diversity by MBN USA
- One of "America's Top 50 Organizations for Multicultural Business Opportunities for 2015” by DiversityBusiness.com
- Honored by Women’s Enterprise USA as Top 100 Leaders in Corporate Supplier Diversity
- Recognized by Minority Business News as one of the ‘Most Admired Corporations in America’ for Supplier Diversity’ in 2014
- Supplier Diversity ‘Corporation of the Year’ award from the Northwest Mountain chapter of the Minority Supplier Development Council (NWMSDC)
- University of Washington Consulting & Development Center – 2014 Corporate Partner of the Year Award
Official accreditation organizations
Any Microsoft vendor claiming to be diverse must be officially certified as 51 percent or more owned, operated, and managed by minorities, women, or veterans, or must be an SBA-certified HUBZone (Historically Underutilized Business Zone).
Women's Business Enterprise National Council (wbenc.org)
The Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) is the nation's leading third-party certifier of women's business enterprises (WBEs) for the private sector. In partnership with women's business organizations throughout the United States, WBENC provides access to a national standard of certification and provides information on certified women's businesses to purchasing managers through its Internet database, WBENCLink.
National Minority Supplier Development Council (nmsdc.org)
The National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) has standardized procedures to assure consistent and identical review and certification of minority-owned businesses. The NMSDC affiliate nearest the business' headquarters conducts the certification process.
The Center for Veteran Enterprise (CVE) manages the Vendor Information Pages (VIP) database. VIP is the only federally controlled database in which a legal verification process is used to determine service disabled or veteran status of a small business. VIP registration is free.
US Business Leadership Network (usbln.org)
The US Business Leadership Network (USBLN®) is pleased to announce a partnership with Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities (COSD) focused on the advancement of college students and recent graduates with disabilities in employment. The partnership will formalize collaborations undertaken by both organizations during the past several years and promote new joint initiatives that benefit business and industry that seek to include more students with disabilities in programs and activities affecting the workplace, marketplace, and supply chain.
U.S. Small Business Administration (sba.gov)
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) manages the HUBZone (Historically Under Utilized Business Zone) Empowerment Program. This HUBZone program is designed to stimulate economic development and create jobs in urban and rural communities. The SBA regulates and implements the program, determines which businesses are eligible to receive HUBZone contracts, maintains a listing of qualified HUBZone small businesses that federal agencies can use to locate vendors, and adjudicates protests of eligibility to receive HUBZone contracts.
Many state and local governments also have their own registration and certification programs. Microsoft accepts certifications from more than 300 third-party certifying agencies.
Executive bio: Fernando J. Hernandez, Supplier Diversity Director
Fernando serves as Supplier Diversity Director for Microsoft Corporation. In this capacity, he drives Microsoft’s strategies to achieve supplier diversity objectives. He is responsible for Microsoft’s $1.9+ billion annual Supplier Diversity initiative. He serves on various Boards, including National Minority Supplier Development Council, Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, and Billion Dollar Round Table.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Mr. Hernandez served as Senior Vice President of Multicultural Marketing Strategy for Washington Mutual Bank where he established, developed, and implemented comprehensive multicultural marketing initiatives.
He formerly served as Executive Director of Supplier Diversity with AT&T. He focused on providing strategic direction to AT&T’s Supplier Management & Business Unit clients in development and implementation of policies, strategies, and programs related to the enterprise-wide MWSDVBE (Minority, Women, and Service Disabled Veterans Business Enterprise). Mr. Hernandez was the first to establish and implement multicultural business to business and consumer marketing (Hispanic, African-American, and Asian) at AT&T in 1991. This resulted in the creation of a $4 billion market segment.
He holds a degree in Accounting from Saint Peter’s College and his master’s in Information Systems from Stevens Institute of Technology. He studied at the Wharton School of Business.
Awards and recognition:
- 2014 Top Leaders in Corporate Supplier Diversity by Women’s Enterprise USA publication
- 2012 Top 30 Champions of Diversity – DiversityPlus Magazine
- 2011 Ellis Island Medal of Honor recipient
- 2010 Supplier Diversity "Hall of Fame" recipient – Women’s Business Enterprise National Council
- 2006 Hispanic Magazine 100 most influential Hispanics in America
- Recognized by the American Marketing Association for leadership in multicultural marketing