What is supplier diversity?


At Microsoft, it means fostering greater levels of diversity in our supplier base to reflect the global diversity of our customers.

Our commitment to helping people realize their potential extends from our products to our procurement practices to you, the supplier. The Microsoft mission encompasses all people and every area of our enterprise. We embrace a core set of values, and we look for suppliers who share those values and can help us in fulfill our mission.

In fiscal year 2018, we spent more than US$3 billion dollars working with suppliers that are minority, disabled, veteran, LGBT, and woman-owned businesses. This is a significant milestone as we seek to achieve year-over-year (YoY) growth in our annual spend with diverse suppliers.

We see no limit to the potential we all might realize together. We believe in creating opportunities for people to succeed—and expect our suppliers to embrace these same values.





Microsoft serves diverse markets globally, 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.
Fernando J. Hernandez, Supplier Diversity Director
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Requirements

Who qualifies as a “diverse” business at Microsoft?


For US-headquartered businesses, a diverse business is 51 percent or more owned, operated, and managed by someone who fits in one or more of following categories:
  • Woman who is a US citizen or permanent legal resident of the United States
  • Minority who is a US citizen or permanent legal resident of the United States
  • Veteran who is a US citizen or permanent legal resident of the United States
  • Disabled person who is a US citizen or permanent legal resident of the United States
  • Disadvantaged business (business owner must be a US citizen or permanent legal resident of the United States)
  • LGBT business owner who is a US citizen or permanent legal resident of the United States
Or if the business is:
  • Located in a HUBZone: operates and employs individuals residing in a Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone), as defined by the US Small Business Administration (SBA)

For non-US headquartered businesses, local regulations and standards apply to the definition and recognition of a diverse supplier.

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. Please see the “Accreditation organizations” tab for specific organizations we partner with as well a link for you to tell us more about your diverse-owned business.

Visit the Microsoft Small Business Program page to learn more about the program.