Diversity in the business environment is an integral part of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) and Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) companies.
BCBSA and participating Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies are committed to providing qualified Minority-Owned and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs) and Small and Small Disadvantage Businesses (SADBUS) with the opportunity to conduct business nationally with BCBSA and with its participating Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies, either as primary Suppliers or as second-tier Suppliers.*
BCBSA and participating BCBS companies believe that strengthening diverse businesses contributes to the overall economic well-being of the communities in which these parties operate. It is our goal to cultivate successful business partnerships with our diverse suppliers that will foster growth for not only MWBE and SADBUS companies, but BCBSA and participating Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies.
We welcome you to the Supplier Diversity Program at Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.
To participate in our Supplier Diversity Program, we require proof of certification. We accept certification from the following organizations:
National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC)
1040 Ave. of the Americas
New York, NY 10018
Certifies minority-owned businesses
Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
1710 H. Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20006
Certifies women-owned businesses
Small Business Administration 8(a) Program
26 Federal Plaza
New York, NY 10278
Certifies small and small disadvantage businesses
National Gay Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)
729 15th Street NW
Washington, DC 20003
Certifies Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual, Transgender (GLBT)-owned businesses
United States Business Leadership Network
1501 M Street, NW, 7th Floor
Washington, DC 20005
Certifies disability-owned businesses
*BCBSA does not and cannot guarantee that by applying to become a primary Supplier or a second-tier Supplier you or your company will be selected to work with BCBSA or the participating Blue Cross Blue Shield companies.
Products and Services We Manage
The following are existing products and services BCSBA manages for participating Blue Cross Blue Shield companies:
- Floor Coverings
- Office Supplies
- Plastic Card Stock
- Professional Services
- Promotional Products
- Staffing Services
- Technology (Software and Hardware)
The following are existing products and services BCSBA procures and manages locally for the Chicago and D.C. offices:
- Architectural Services
- Audit/Actuarial Services
- Call Centers
- Coffee/Catering/AV Services
- Computer Equipment
- Computer Equipment Leasing
- Construction Services
- Engineering Services
- IT Help Desk (outsourcing)
- Legal Services
- Office Supplies
- Plant Services
- Print on Demand (finder websites)
- Promotion Products
- Security Services
- Shrink-wrap Software Applications
- Support Services (outsourcing)
To participate in our Supplier Diversity Program a business must be defined as one or more of the following classifications:
Minority Business Enterprise (MBE)
A business is classified as a minority business enterprise if the company is at least 51 percent owned, controlled and operated by one or more individuals from a minority group. The following describes the classified minority groups:
A U.S. citizen who is of Black racial groups from the origins of Africa.
A U.S. citizen whose origins are from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
A U.S. citizen whose origins are from Japan, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan, Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, the Philippines, Thailand, Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Trust Territories of the Pacific or the Northern Marianas.
A U.S. citizen who is of Spanish culture from the origins of Mexico, South or Central America or the Caribbean Island.
A person who is an American Indian, Eskimo, Aleut or Native Hawaiian.
Woman Business Enterprise (WBE)
A business is classified as a woman business enterprise if the company is at least 51 percent owned, controlled, and operated by one or more women.
A business, including its affiliates that is independently owned and operated, not dominant in the field of operation in which it is bidding, and qualified as a small business under the criteria and size standards.
Small Disadvantaged Business
A small business concern that is at least 51 percent owned by one or more individuals who are socially AND economically disadvantaged.
Veteran-owned small business
Veteran-owned small business - A small business concern not less than 51 percent owned by one or more veterans, and the management and daily business operations of which are controlled by one or more veterans.
Service-disabled veteran-owned small business
A small business concern not less than 51 percent owned by one or more service-disabled veterans, and the management and daily business operations of which are controlled by one or more service-disabled veterans.
Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Zone
A small business located in a historically underutilized business zone - an area found within a qualified census tract, qualified non metropolitan counties, or lands within the external boundaries of an Indian reservation. A HUBZone small business appears on the List of Qualified HUBZone Small Business Concerns maintained by the Small Business Administration (SBA).
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT)
A business is classified as LGBT if the company is at least 51 percent owned,controlled, and operated by one or more principals who are either Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgender.