Supplier Diversity

Supplier Development & Diversity

Welcome to Supplier Development & Diversity

About Us

Supplier Development and Diversity maximizes the use of suppliers in support of Boeing programs. At Boeing, we are committed to Global Diversity. Our collective global talent includes the unique qualities that each employee brings to Boeing. We also value our small and diverse business partners for the innovation and flexibility they bring to our supply base. In CY 2018, Boeing awarded over $5B to our first tier small, veteran owned businesses, minority business enterprises and women business enterprises.

We continue to seek out and provide maximum opportunities to small and diverse businesses as they are a vital part of maintaining our competitiveness in the global marketplace.

To view a listing of our size and diversity classifications, click here

For the History of Boeing Supplier Development and Diversity click here

You may also find additional resources here

Certification Recommendations and Requirements

Certification Recommendations

The Boeing Company supports local, state and federal supplier development and diversity initiatives, certifications and classifications. Boeing highly encourages and recognizes membership in the following organizations:

  • National Minority Supplier Development Council
  • National Gay Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
  • National Veteran Business Development Council
  • Women’s Business Enterprise National Council
  • Disability: IN

Certification by these organizations is not mandatory to doing business with us.

HUBZone Certification Requirements

Boeing does require U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) certification to be identified as a historically underutilized business zone (HUBZone) company.

To qualify for the HUBZone program, your business must:

  • Be a small business
  • Be at least 51 percent owned and controlled by U.S. citizens, a Community Development Corporation, an agricultural cooperative, a Native Hawaiian organization, or an Indian tribe
  • Have its principal office located in a HUBZone
  • Have at least 35 percent of its employees live in a HUBZone

More information is available on the SBA website.

Size and Diversity Classifications

Classification focus areas vary by Business Unit contact us for more information



Industry terms, certifications & ownership classifications

Small Business Concern

The term "small business" shall mean a business as defined pursuant to Section 3 of the Small Business Act and relevant regulations issued pursuant thereto. Generally, this means a small business organized for profit that is independently owned and operated, is not dominant in the field of operations in which it is bidding, and meets the size standards as prescribed in government regulations.

Large Business Concern

A business concern that exceeds the small business size code standards established by the SBA as set forth in the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 13, Part 121.

Foreign Business

A business concern organized under the law of a country other than the United States, its territories or possessions and is not incorporated in the United States.

Non-profit Organization

Any organization not conducted or maintained for the purpose of making profit (excluding HBCU/MI's and NIB/NISH affiliates). Includes universities, colleges, & local, state & federal governments.

Affiliate Member of (NIB/NISH-SourceAmerica)

A business that is affiliated with NIB or NISH (SourceAmerica). NIB/NISH is nationally not-for-profit agencies that create employment opportunities for people who are blind or severely disabled.

Historically Black College/University or Minority Serving Institution (HBCU/MSI)

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU's) are institutions that were established before 1964 and have a principal mission that was, and is, the education of Black Americans and that meet the requirements set forth in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Title 34, Part 608. Minority Serving Institutions (MSI's) are institutions that substantially increase the higher education opportunities for minority and/or low income students education and meet the requirements set forth in Title 34 of the CFR, Part 607.2.

Size and Diversity Classifications

Ownership

Minority Owned or Minority Business Enterprise (MBE)

A business concern that is at least 51 percent owned by one or more minorities; or, in the case of any publicly owned business, at least 51 percent of the stock is owned by one or more minorities; and whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more minorities.

Self-Certified Small Disadvantaged Business Concern (SDB)

A “for profit” business concern:

  • that qualifies as “small” per the SBA Table of Small Business Size Standards Matched to North American Industry Classification System Codes, and
  • that is at least 51 percent unconditionally owned by one or more U.S. citizens who are socially and economically disadvantaged individuals, and
  • whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more U.S. citizens who are socially and economically disadvantaged individuals, and
  • the personal net worth of each individual claiming economic disadvantage is less than $750,000 (except for tribes, Alaskan Native Corporation-Owned Concern (ANCs), Community Development Corporation-Owned Concern (CDCs) and Native Hawaiian Corporation-Owned Concern (NHOs).

Note: ANCs, NHOs, or CDCs, must meet the “ownership”, “management”, and “control” criteria in Title 13 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 124.109, 124.110 and 124.111, respectively.

HUBZone Small Business Concerns

A business concern located in a "historically underutilized business zone," owned and controlled by one or more U.S. Citizens, and at least 35% of its employees must reside in a HUB Zone. It must appear on the list of Qualified HUBZone Small Business Concerns maintained by the SBA.

Women Owned or Women Business Enterprise (WBE)

A business concern that is at least 51 percent owned by one or more women, or, in the case of any publicly owned business, at least 51 percent of the stock is owned by one or more women, and whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more women.

Women Owned Small Business Concerns (WOSB)

A small business concern that is at least 51 percent owned by one or more women, or in the case of any publicly owned business, at least 51 percent of the stock is owned by one or more women, and whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more women.

Veteran (V)

A person who served in the active military, naval, or air service, and who was discharged or released there from under conditions other than dishonorable as defined in title 38 of the U.S.C., section 101 (2).

Service-Disabled Veteran (SDV)

A veteran with a "service connected" disability, which means a disability that was incurred or aggravated, in the line of duty in the active military, naval, or air service as defined in Title 38, of the U.S.C., section 101 (16).

Veteran-Owned Small Business Concerns (VOSB)

A small business concern that is at least 51 percent owned by one or more veterans, or in the case of any publicly owned business, at least 51 percent of the stock is owned by one or more veterans, and whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more veterans.

Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Concerns (SDVOSB)

A small business concern that is at least 51 percent owned by one or more service-disabled veterans, or in the case of any publicly owned business, at least 51 percent of the stock is owned by one or more service-disabled veterans, and whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more service-disabled veterans or a permanent caregiver of a service-disabled veteran with permanent and severe disability.

Alaskan Native Corporation

Any Regional Corporation, Village Corporation, Urban Corporation and or Native Group organized under Alaska state laws and which is considered a minority and economically disadvantaged concern. This definition includes eligible ANC direct and indirect subsidiaries, corporations, joint ventures, and partnerships.

Indian Tribes or Tribally-Owned

Any Federally-recognized Indian Tribe, band, group, pueblo, or community (including native villages and native groups) that is eligible for services from the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA).

Size and Diversity Classifications

Ethnicity/Minority Categories

Asian Pacific American

Persons with origins from Burma, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei, Japan, China (including Hong Kong), Taiwan, Laos, Cambodia (Kampuchea), Vietnam, Korea, The Philippines, U.S. Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands (Republic of Palau), Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Samoa, Macao, Fiji, Tonga, Kiribati, Tuvalu, or Nauru.

African American

Persons having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa.

Hispanic American

Persons of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race.

Native American

American Indians, Eskimos, Aleuts or Native Hawaiians.

Subcontinent Asian American

Persons with origins from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, the Maldives Islands or Nepal

More information can be found at www.sba.gov

Supplier Development

As the world's largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of: Commercial airplanes, Defense, Space and Security Systems, and Global Aerospace Services, it is imperative that Boeing develops and maintains a strong and robust global supply chain.
Supplier development is a proactive method to identify and cultivate current and prospective suppliers with the capability and capacity to support Boeing’s business objectives and customer expectations worldwide.

Supplier Development

Here are a few examples of formal and informal supplier development activities that may be available for suppliers under consideration:

  • Informal coaching
  • Supplier introductions and showcases
  • Corporate members of external business development organizations
  • Training (internally and externally provided)
  • U.S. government Mentor-Protégé Programs
  • Site visits with feedback
  • Doing business with Boeing briefings
  • Referrals for specialized industry and technical assistance
  • Boeing hosted events

Helpful Links

U.S. Small Business Administration

The SBA (U.S. Small Business Administration) business development program consists of three contracting programs to help small businesses compete in the American economy and access the federal procurement market: Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB), Historically Under-utilized Business Zone (HUBZone) and 8(a) Business Development Program. Eligibility guidelines are available at https://www.certify.sba.gov/

Certifications & Organizations

The Boeing Company supports local, state and federal supplier diversity initiatives, certifications and classifications . Boeing highly encourages and recognizes membership in the following organizations, membership is not a requirement to doing business with us.

U.S. Small Business Administration

The SBA (U.S. Small Business Administration) business development program created three certifications to help small businesses compete in the American economy and access the federal procurement market: Small Disadvantaged Owned Businesses (SDB), Historically Under utilized Business Zone (HUBZone) and 8(a) certified. The Boeing Company is a prime contractor of the federal government who supports and recognizes these three certifications. http://www.sba.gov

National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC)

The NMSDC is a business membership organization organized for the purpose of networking more than 15,000 minority-owned firms with its 3,500 member corporations who are seeking to purchase goods and services. NMSDC has more than 39 regional councils across the country. http://www.nmsdc.org

Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)

WBENC is an organization formed to advocate and provide growth and development opportunities for women business owners. WBENC is a national third party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women. http://www.wbenc.org

Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council (CAMSC)

CAMSC delivers programs and processes to promote and facilitate procurement opportunities between major corporations in Canada and suppliers of all sizes owned and operated by Canadian Aboriginals and Minorities. http://www.camsc.ca/

WEConnect International

WEConnect International identifies, educates, registers, and certifies women's business enterprises based outside of the U.S. that are at least 51% owned, managed, and controlled by one or more women, and then connects them with multinational corporate buyers. https://weconnectinternational.org

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Resources:Related Links

Importance

Q: WHY IS SUPPLIER DIVERSITY IMPORTANT TO BOEING?

A: Diversity is a key aspect of how Boeing does business, and diverse suppliers are an important component of our diversity-management model. Boeing is committed to having a supply base that is reflective of our diverse customer base. We rely on the contributions of businesses that are owned by individuals of diverse backgrounds in order to deliver the best product, with the greatest value, to an increasingly diverse marketplace. Diverse suppliers that deliver creative product and service solutions have a positive impact on our customer relationships, the business community and the population at large.


Registering

Q: HOW DO I REGISTER AS A DIVERSE SUPPLIER IN BOEING’S SUPPLIER DIVERSITY PORTAL?

A: All diverse suppliers need to register their companies and keep their diverse supplier certification up-to-date on the Boeing Supplier Data Management System. Registering with our Supplier Diversity program allows internal stakeholders to access your company's information but will not guarantee business and/or contract with Boeing. A company can qualify for more than one diversity classification.

Q: I REGISTERED IN YOUR DATABASE. WHAT'S NEXT?

A: By registering, you are visible to sourcing specialists throughout the Boeing. When an opportunity exists for which you qualify, we will contact you directly. This can sometimes be a lengthy process and your patience and understanding are appreciated. Make sure your info is up-to-date and comprehensive of any new products and services you offer.

Q: WHAT IF I REGISTERED WITH BOEING SUPPLIER DIVERSITY, BUT HAVE NOT BEEN CONTACTED FOR A PROCUREMENT OPPORTUNITY?

A: If your company has not been contacted for a potential procurement opportunity, either the opportunity has not yet occurred, we do not have a need for the product/service your company provides, or a match between your company's product/service and our procurement needs has not been identified. For more information or to submit feedback, please contact us.


Qualifications

Q: WHAT DOES BOEING LOOK FOR IN A SUPPLIER?

A: We look for suppliers who:

  • Share Boeing’s Enduring Values of Integrity, Quality, Safety, Diversity & Inclusion, Trust & Respect, Corporate Citizenship, and Stakeholder Success
  • Partner with Boeing to bring innovative and market-leading technologies and service deliveries to keep Boeing’s products at the leading edge of technology and cost competitiveness
  • Have demonstrated a successful business model, with a skilled management team experienced in delivering to the aerospace industry
  • Deliver a comprehensive product or service, and have a presence in our key markets

For a more complete list of quality requirements visit Boeing Quality Management

Q: WHAT ARE BOEING'S SUPPLIER DIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS FOR ITS GLOBAL SUPPLY BASE?

A: Boeing supports the development of a diverse marketplace through the development of a diverse supply chain. Boeing achieves this goal by doing business with diverse subcontractors and suppliers, and by requiring its subcontractors and suppliers to do business with diverse companies.
All Boeing subcontractors and suppliers shall maintain accurate records on their Supplier Diversity program, and shall make such records available to Boeing upon request. Boeing subcontractors and suppliers shall also cooperate in Boeing Supplier Diversity studies or surveys, as required. This includes responding in a timely manner to any reasonable request from Boeing's Supplier Diversity office for information on their Supplier Diversity program, including, for example, submission of second-tier contracting reports, benchmarking and global expansion initiatives. If requested, second-tier contracting reports shall be submitted to Boeing’s Supplier Diversity Office within 15 business days after the close of each calendar period.


Process

Q: HOW DOES BOEING SUPPLIER DIVERSITY WORK WITHIN BOEING'S PROCUREMENT PROCESS?

A: Supplier Diversity efforts include the following: working with commodity managers to identify upcoming non-production and production procurement opportunities; identifying qualified diverse suppliers to participate in upcoming procurement opportunities; screening identified diverse suppliers to determine if a match exists between suppliers' capabilities and business requirements; providing opportunities for existing and potential suppliers to showcase their capabilities to decision makers.

Q: MAY I CONTACT COMMODITY MANAGERS DIRECTLY FOR A PARTICULAR PROCUREMENT OPPORTUNITY?

A: Boeing Supplier Diversity works directly with commodity managers to determine procurement opportunities and to introduce qualified diverse suppliers into the procurement process. As a result, we request that diverse suppliers contact us directly for information about procurement opportunities and related matters.

Q: WHAT IF I DON’T DO BUSINESS INSIDE THE U.S., DO BOEING SUPPLIER DIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS APPLY TO ME?

A: Boeing seeks relationships with, and promotes the use of diverse suppliers globally. Boeing’s subcontractors and suppliers, regardless of where the subcontractor or supplier is located, shall use commercially reasonable efforts to implement a Supplier Diversity program by doing business with concerns that are recognized as minority- or women-owned businesses within the regions and/or countries where the subcontractor or supplier conducts business.