"Lenovo's supplier diversity program builds on our proven commitment to diversity across the company. Maximizing the inclusion of small and diverse suppliers into our sourcing activities will create an increasingly competitive supplier base, which ultimately will ensure the greatest value for Lenovo."
Gerald Gross, VP – Chief Procurement Office, GSC
Supplier Diversity @ Lenovo
Lenovo is committed to maximizing the inclusion of small and diverse suppliers by identifying opportunities, developing and incubating relationships, creating processes that encourage diverse supplier integration, and building on our culture of inclusion. Through the support of small and diverse businesses we are able create a competitive supplier base, spur innovation, improve productivity and efficiency all while strengthening the economic development of the communities we serve.
Yolanda Conyers, Chief Diversity Officer stated "Diversity is in Lenovo's DNA. Valuing and respecting diversity and cultural integration is the foundation of Lenovo's heritage. Lenovo is forging The Lenovo Way culture through its value of a diverse supplier base as partners in innovation, creativity, and performance excellence.
The aims of Lenovo's Supplier Diversity Program are to expand our diverse supplier base, strengthening economic development, and create a competitive advantage for all involved. Diverse suppliers are a natural part of our business strategy and these suppliers are an integral part of our productivity, quality, service and innovation. We are committed to maximizing the inclusion of Minority-, Women-, Veteran-, Service Disabled Veteran-, Disabled-, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT)- owned businesses as well as business located in Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZones) and Small Businesses.
Lenovo's Supplier Diversity Program is enhancing/creating processes that encourage diverse supplier integration, identifying procurement opportunities for suppliers, developing and incubating relationships with internal and external customers, while building on our culture of inclusion.
Program Diversity Qualifications
To qualify as a Small business, company must qualify as a small business as defined within the NAICS size standards established by the Small Business Administration. Click here for details.
To qualify as a Woman-Owned business, the business must be at least 51% owned, controlled, and operated by a woman or group of women. A woman owner or female designate must also hold the highest office within the company on a day-to-day basis. The woman managing the day-to-day operations must possess industry expertise.
To qualify as a Minority-Owned business, company must be at least 51% owned, controlled, and operated by one or more U.S. citizens from any of the following ethnic groups: Asian American, Black or African American, Hispanic American, or Native American.
To qualify as a Veteran-Owned business, as defined in section 3(q) of the US Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 632(q)) and the Small Business Administration’s (SBA's), the small business must be: (i) at least 51% unconditionally owned by one or more veterans (as defined at 38 U.S.C. 101(2)); or in the case of any publicly owned business, at least 51% of the stock of which is unconditionally owned by one or more veterans; and (ii) whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more veterans.
To qualify as a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned business, as defined in section 3(q) of the US Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 632(q)) and the Small Business Administration's (SBA's) implementing SDVOSBC Program Regulations (13 C.F.R. 125), the small business must be at least 51% owned and controlled by one or more disabled veterans, the home office must be located in the United States and the home office cannot be a branch or subsidiary of a foreign corporation, foreign firm or other foreign based business. A disabled veteran is a veteran of the U.S. Military, Naval or Air service.
To qualify as a HUBZone business, as defined by the US Small Business Administration, the small business must be controlled by a U.S. citizen with a principle office located in a HUBZone. Thirty-Five percent of its employees must also reside in a HUBZone. Click here for details.
To qualify as a Small Disadvantaged-Owned business, a small business concern that is at least 51% owned and controlled by one or more disadvantaged persons. The disadvantaged person must be socially disadvantaged and economically disadvantaged. Click here for details.
To qualify as a Person with Disability-Owned business, company must be at least 51 percent owned, operated, managed, and controlled by individuals with a disability or service-disabled veterans who are either U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents.
To qualify as a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and/or Transgender (LGBT)-owned business, a company must be a US based business concern which is at least 51% owned, operated, managed and controlled by an LGBT person or persons. Have its principle place of business (headquarters) in the United States.
Certifications and Verifications Accepted from:
- Women Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
- National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC)
- Department of Veterans Affairs or National Veteran-owned Business Association
- US Business Leadership Network (USBLN)
- Registration in the Federal System for Award Management or self-certification, if requested.
- Small Business Administration (SBA)
- National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)
Lenovo also accepts certification by state agencies and entities, such as the North Carolina Department of Administration (NC HUB Certification).
Diverse Supplier Registration
If you qualify as a small or diverse business with the appropriate certifications/verifications, and are interested in registering, please complete the Diverse Supplier Registration Form below.
Download the form here: DIVERSE SUPPLIER REGISTRATION FORM
Once completed, please return your signed form and any relevant certifications to email@example.com.
Please note: Diverse Supplier Registration only qualifies your company for consideration in the bidding process. It does not guarantee that your company will be awarded business with Lenovo.
For inquiries about our Supplier Diversity Program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.