What is Supplier Diversity?

Diversity is not only about employment. At UPS, the value of inclusivity extends to supply chains, customers and communities as well. By making a commitment to be inclusive, we drive competition, welcome innovative voices, and show our commitment to the economic growth of all communities.

Supplier Diversity is a business strategy that encourages our supply chain to reflect the diversity of the communities we serve, including groups that have been traditionally under-represented or have experienced other disadvantages.

David Abney, Chief Executive Officer

Statement from the CEO

“We believe that supporting a diverse and inclusive supply chain is a winning strategy: it drives economic development in local communities, encourages innovation, and ultimately enhances UPS’s products and services for our customers. Simply put, diverse partners bring fresh and innovative approaches to our business.”

– David Abney, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Jose Turkienicz, Chief Procurement Officer

Statement from the CPO

“Supplier Diversity at UPS involves working to ensure businesses owned by women, visible minorities, indigenous/aboriginal individuals, people with disabilities, and those who identify as LGBTQ2 have equal footing in the competitive bidding process. Contracts are not awarded based on diversity, but we know that working to ensure diverse companies have opportunities to bid on contracts, makes UPS stronger and provides value to our customers and shareowners.”

– Jose Turkienicz, Chief Procurement Officer

By working with suppliers who reflect the markets we serve, we see a wealth of benefits: it helps build customer loyalty, contributes to economic development of communities, and provides the expertise and innovation we need to outperform the competition. That is why we are committed to building a diverse and inclusive supply chain.

Guidelines to be Considered a Diverse Business

Guidelines

The definitions below are used by various Canadian certification agencies and have been adopted by UPS for the purposes of our program.

  • Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE)
  • A business that is (1) at least 51 percent owned by one or more women or, in the case of a publicly owned business, at least 51 percent of the shares must be owned by one or more women, and (2) whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more women.

  • LGBTQ2-Owned Business Enterprise (LGBTQ2BE)
  • A business enterprise that is (1) at least 51 percent owned by one or more self-identified LGBTQ2 persons or, in the case of a publicly owned business, at least 51 percent of the shares must be owned by one or more LGBTQ2 persons, and (2) whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more LGBTQ2 persons.

  • Indigenous/Aboriginal-Owned Business Enterprise (CAB)
  • A business that is (1) at least 51 percent owned by one or more Aboriginal individuals or, in the case of a publicly owned business, at least 51 percent of the shares must be owned by one or more Aboriginal individuals and (2) whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more Aboriginal individuals. Aboriginal peoples means persons who are First Nations (Indians), Inuit or Métis.

  • Visible Minority-Owned Business Enterprise (MBE)
  • A business that is (1) at least 51 percent owned by one or more visible minority individuals or, in the case of a publicly owned business, at least 51 percent of the shares must be owned by one or more visible minority individuals, and (2) whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more visible minority individuals. Visible minority means persons other than Aboriginal peoples, who are non-Caucasian in race or non-white in colour. Visible minority is based on ethnic origin and not gender.

  • Disability-Owned Business Enterprise (DOBE)
  • A business that is (1) at least 51 percent owned by one or more persons with a disability or, in the case of a publicly owned business, at least 51 percent of the shares must be owned by one or more persons with a disability, and (2) whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more persons with a disability. A disability refers to a physical and/or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. Please refer to Inclusive Workplace and Supply Council of Canada or Disability:IN for additional detail regarding qualifying disabilities.

Getting Certified as a Diverse Business

Getting Certified

Several organizations exist to help corporations identify and connect with diverse businesses. To facilitate this, these organizations offer self-registration and/or certification processes to potential suppliers. For many diverse businesses, connecting with one of these certifying organizations is the first step to unlocking growth-oriented support.

UPS strongly encourages diverse businesses to pursue certification through one or more certifying agencies. Certification gives UPS assurance that businesses claiming a diverse status actually meets the business ownership and management thresholds. For the diverse businesses, each agency offers an array of information services and benefits.

Below are several agencies engaged in certifying diverse businesses in Canada:

Becoming a UPS Supplier

Becoming a UPS Supplier

Interested in doing business with UPS?

We use this database to help find potential suppliers who have expressed an interest in working with UPS and can meet our requirements. Registration in the supplier database is not a guarantee of any contact, interest, or future business with UPS. Rather, registration in the database increases your visibility to our buyers and makes it easier to find your services should an opportunity arise.

When you register, we request information about your company including:

  • Products and services

  • Geographic reach

  • Business size

  • Diversity status and certifications

  • Contact information

You may also upload a capabilities statement or other material to help our buyers understand what your business can do.

Products & Services

To keep our business running smoothly, we purchase an array of products and services that include, but are not limited to, the following.

Services

Advertising, art and audio-visual, artwork/illustration, design, graphic design, packaging design, building maintenance, heating and air conditioning, building/janitorial services, consulting, information services, food/vending services, training, transportation, and waste management and remediation.

Facilities

Architecture, building design, construction or renovation, facility management, and facility leasing and purchasing.

Supplies

Art/graphics supplies, boxes, fuel, promotional items, and uniforms.

Equipment

Computer equipment, furniture, airplanes, automotive parts, forklifts, trailers/tractors, ground support vehicles, UPS package cars (trucks), tires, and conveyor systems.

Contract Requirements

Suppliers interested in participating in UPS’s procurement process need to be able to meet these quality specifications, demonstrate suitable capacity to fulfill the contractual obligations, and adhere to distribution and delivery requirements. In addition, suppliers must show financial stability, and exhibit ethical business conduct. Procurement decisions are made in accordance with applicable laws and diversity and/or diversity certification does not guarantee diverse suppliers' success in the procurement process.

Contact

For additional information regarding Supplier Diversity at UPS, please email diversity@ups.com or contact us at:

UPS Procurement
1930 Derry Road East
Mississauga, ON L5S 1E2
Canada

Telephone: 1.866.577.0632

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