Supplier Diversity Program

supplier-diversity

At Blue Cross, we believe that creating opportunities throughout the community is essential to our success. We want to increase the number of qualified businesses working with us. We want to attract diverse businesses, so we:

  • Give fair and impartial consideration.
  • Encourage competition for our contracts.
  • Identify areas where special opportunities exist.
  • Increase the number of dollars that we spend working with diverse companies.

Mission

We will establish best-in-class business development practices that empower the diverse communities we serve. We will seek to maximize the inclusion of all diverse groups, with fair and impartial consideration in the procurement of goods and services to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

How we fulfill this mission

We help diverse suppliers succeed by:

  • Hosting the annual Supplier Diversity Achievement Awards.
  • Hosting the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council's Project One module. It's a monthly meeting with 15 minority businesses to network and discuss business developments.
  • Promoting the value of working with diverse suppliers by sharing best practices, webinars and presentations.
  • Using contracts and training programs with our subsidiaries to support diversity goals.
  • Having our Supplier Diversity Procurement Council establish, advance and monitor progress towards diversity goals.
  • Making sure we consistently meet or exceed our corporate goal of spending with diverse suppliers.

We've developed partnerships throughout the community with organizations like:

  • Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council
  • Great Lakes Women's Business Council
  • National Veteran Business Development Council
  • The National Business League
  • Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce
  • Veteran Owned Business Round Table
  • Detroit Economic Growth Corporation
  • Michigan Economic Development Corporation

We've received recognition from some of our partners for our supplier diversity.

Expectations

Diverse suppliers, just like all of our suppliers, will be expected to:

  • Meet their commitment on delivering the highest quality product and service.
  • Provide competitive pricing.
  • Be responsive and timely with delivery.

Questions?

Learn more about who qualifies and how to become involved in the program in our Supplier Diversity FAQ.

For other questions about our program, contact us.