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Supplier Diversity

We are committed to supplier diversity by providing access and opportunity for all service providers to participate in our procurement process. In short, we:

  • Actively foster a diverse supplier base
  • Provide bid opportunities to a diverse range of suppliers
  • Hold prime suppliers accountable for providing subcontracting opportunities to diverse suppliers
  • Procure high-quality, competitively priced goods and services from a diverse range of suppliers

Eligibility

All suppliers are eligible to participate in Blue Shield of California's Supplier Diversity Program.

Majority prime suppliers participate by providing subcontracting opportunities for verified diverse suppliers. Diverse suppliers are certified small businesses and those that are 51 percent or more owned and operated by women, minorities, service disabled veterans and LGBTs (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender).

The Five Step Process

Step 1: Review the list of products and services we purchase.

Step 2: For diverse suppliers, keep your certification(s) current.

Step 3: For majority prime suppliers, make sure you are subcontracting with certified diverse suppliers.

Step 4: Complete the online Supplier Enrollment Profile.

Step 5: Follow up with the Supplier Diversity Team.


Step 1: Products and Services We Buy

AdvertisingFinancial servicesPrint materials
Applications developmentFirst aid suppliesPromotional items
Audio-visualGraphic designRelocation services
Building/janitorialInternet servicesSecurity guards
Computer hardware & softwareIT systemsTechnical services
Professional services/consultingLeasing/rentalTelecommunications
Electrical supplies & equipmentLegal servicesTemporary staffing
Office suppliesTraining

 

Step 2: Certification

To participate in our Supplier Diversity Program, we require proof of certification/verification. We accept certification from the following organizations and their regional affiliates:

Minority-owned business enterprises (MBE)

National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC): www.nmsdc.org

Women-owned business enterprises (WBE)

Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC): www.wbenc.org

Women / Minority Business Enterprises (WMBE)

CPUC Supplier Clearinghouse: www.sdbnetwork.com/SDBNetwork/Affiliates/CPUC/

Small Business Enterprises (SBE)

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA): www.sba.gov

Office of Small Business Certification and Resources

California Department of General Services: www.osmb.dgs.ca.gov

Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises (DVBE)

Office of Small Business and DVBE Certification (OSDC): www.pd.dgs.ca.gov

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT)

National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce: www.nglcc.org

Step 3: Subcontracting

Blue Shield of California (BSC) has implemented a Subcontracting Initiative as part of the Supplier Diversity Program, asking each of our prime suppliers to provide subcontracting opportunities to diverse suppliers and to report direct and indirect spend with diverse suppliers. There are three kinds of diversity spend reporting: direct, direct subcontracting, and indirect subcontracting.

  1. Direct dollars are defined as the dollar amount paid to a certified diverse supplier for a product or service that is directly related to a prime contractor. For instance, if BSC contracts with a minority printer to produce welcome kits, that spend would be reported at 100% value.

  2. Direct subcontracting dollars are defined as the dollar amount paid to a certified diverse supplier for a product or service that is not directly related to the prime contractor. For instance, if one of BSC’s majority fulfillment suppliers buys envelopes for a BSC mailing from a diverse supplier, that spend would be reported as subcontracting at 100% value.

  3. Indirect subcontracting dollars are defined as the dollar amount paid to a certified diverse supplier for a product or service that is not directly related to BSC. For example, the same majority fulfillment supplier buys janitorial and landscape services from a certified diverse supplier and the annual amount is $10,000. If BSC represents 10% of the prime contractor’s overall business, the amount to be reported as indirect subcontracting would be $1,000 ($10,000 x 10%).

Prime Suppliers are asked to use the BSC Supplier Diversity Subcontracting Reporting Form (Excel, 136KB) to report your quarterly direct and indirect spend with diverse suppliers.

Please submit your form by the following due dates:

First Quarter Results (January – March): 4/15
Second Quarter Results
(April – June): 7/15
Third Quarter Results (July – September): 10/15
Fourth Quarter Results (October – December): 1/15

When completed, email the form to SupplierDiversity@blueshieldca.com.

Step 4: Enrollment

All suppliers that want to sell their goods and services to Blue Shield of California must complete the online Supplier Enrollment Profile (SEP).

Questions regarding the SEP should be directed to SupplierDiversity@blueshieldca.com.

Step 5: Follow up with the Supplier Diversity Team

Once you’ve completed the steps above, please follow up with an email to SupplierDiversity@blueshieldca.com.

2014 Outreach Calendar

The Supplier Diversity team is planning to attend the following outreach events in 2014. Please contact Gina Pittman if your business unit is seeking certain goods and/or services and they will work to locate suppliers that fit your needs.

Diversity Group Event / OrganizationCityDate
MBEBusiness MatchmakingOakland, CAFebruary 20
Disabled VeteransKeeping The Promise Expo & Business MatchmakingOrange Grove, CAMay 12-13
MBECelebrAsian (**tentative**)Vienna, VAJune 2-4
VeteransVeteran Entrepreneur Training SymposiumReno, NVJune 16-19
WBEWomen's Business Enterprise Council National Conference & Business Fair (**tentative**)Philadelphia, PAJune 23-25
LGBTNational Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Annual Conference (**tentative**)Las Vegas, NVJuly 29-August 1
MBENCMSDC Expo & Business MatchmakingSanta Clara, CA August 14
WBEWBEC West 11th Annual Strategic Procurement Opportunity ConferenceTBDSept 3-5
WBEASTRA Business MatchmakingSan Francisco, CASept 18
MBEHealthcare Supplier Diversity Symposium (**tentative**)Richmond, VASept 23-24
MBE2014 NMSDC Conference and Business Opportunity Fair (**tentative**)Orlando, FLNov 2-5


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