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Supplier Diversity

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What is Grainger’s Supplier Diversity Program?

Grainger supports the growth of historically underrepresented businesses. We are committed to giving these companies the opportunity to compete for our business. The Supplier Diversity program provides quality products in every category from tools to fasteners, cutting tools, trash bags and more.

Grainger helps to create an inclusive Supply Chain through distribution of more than 30,000 products provided by certified minority, woman, LGBT, disabled and veteran-owned businesses. These 130+ diverse manufacturers, in turn, employ more than 9,000 individuals.

Products provided by Diverse Suppliers are identified within the Grainger catalog and at www.grainger.com with the Supplier Diversity symbol.

 

Click here for more information about Grainger’s products provided by diverse Suppliers

Click here for more information about the Requirements needed to be a diverse Supplier for Grainger

How do we identify diverse Suppliers?

Participants in the Supplier Diversity Program must meet strict criteria. Each supplier must be a U.S. citizen who satisfies the ownership requirements as small, woman, minority, veteran, hub zone, LGBT, disabled, or a disadvantaged individual and/or group. The diversity principal business owner must own, control and operate 51% of the business and be certified.

Grainger utilizes a number of channels to identify appropriate, diverse suppliers:

  • Product Line Reviews – during periodic Product Line Reviews, we reference a variety of Councils, websites, and other resources to identify potential diverse suppliers of products:
    • NMSDC Regional Councils (NMSDC)
    • Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
    • National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)
    • Small Business Administration/PRO-Net (SBA)
    • US Business Leadership Network (USBLN)
    • SupplierGATEWAY – Grainger’s internal supplier registration database

  • Diversity Business Opportunity Fairs
    • We participate in local and national trade fairs to meet prospective suppliers and identify candidates for specific RFP opportunities

  • Indirect Procurement
    • We utilize the same resources to identify suppliers of goods and services we can use to run our business.

 

Are you interested in becoming a Diverse Supplier to Grainger?

Certification through one of the following agencies/organizations is a requirement of becoming a diverse supplier to Grainger:

 
 

 

 

Apply as a prospective Grainger diverse supplier.

Your information will be entered in our corporate Supplier Diversity database so we can contact your company for future opportunities.