Supplier Diversity Program

Rutgers' Supplier Diversity Program seeks to build business relationships between qualified minority-owned, woman-owned, and veteran-owned business enterprises and the University.

 

Commitment to Diversity

We educate and encourage small and diverse suppliers to compete for University business opportunities. More specifically, procurement:

  • Serves as a link between minority-owned, woman-owned, veteran-owned and/or small business enterprises and the Rutgers University community
  • Recruits qualified minority-owned, woman-owned, veteran-owned and/or small business enterprises
  • Educates minority-owned, woman-owned, veteran-owned and/or small business enterprises about the University’s procurement processes
  • Encourages diverse suppliers to become certified with recognized federal, state and third-party agencies
  • Advocates for the inclusion of qualified minority-owned, woman-owned, veteran-owned and/or small business enterprises in the purchasing activities of the University
  • Fosters alliances and partnerships between diverse suppliers and larger suppliers
  • Assist crafting Small Business Subcontracting Plans in grant proposals

 

Doing Business with Rutgers

To participate in the Supplier Diversity Program, a company must be at least 51% owned, controlled, and operated by a United States citizen(s) who is:

  • African-American
  • Asian-Indian
  • Asian-Pacific
  • Hispanic
  • Native-American
  • a veteran
  • a woman

 

Recognized Certifying Agencies

To do business with Rutgers as a minority-owned, women-owned or veteran-owned enterprise, the business should be certified by one of the following agencies:

Rutgers also acknowledges suppliers in Labor Surplus Areas (LSAs). LSAs are government-designated towns and counties that have experienced severe unemployment. These areas are designated by the United States Department of Labor on a yearly basis.

 

How to Register to Do Business

If your company can provide a product or service that fits Rutgers’ needs and you are interested in pursuing opportunities with the University, we encourage you to:

  • Obtain membership in and be certified by one or more of the recognized certification organization
  • Complete the supplier registration form

See Becoming a Supplier for more information.