Supplier Diversity

Supplier Development and Diversity

Welcome to Supplier Development and Diversity

Supplier Development and Diversity maximizes the use of our diverse global supply chain. We are committed to diversity and inclusion, and we value our small, diverse suppliers and international business partners for the innovation and agility they bring to our supply base.

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.

Global Presence

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Helpful Links

Common Links

U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) business development program consists of three contracting programs and two certification programs to help small businesses compete in the American economy and access the federal procurement market:

  • Contracting programs target Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB), Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) and 8(a) Business Development. Eligibility guidelines are available at http://www.sba.gov.
  • The SBA certification programs apply to Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) and 8(a) Business Development Program. The Boeing Company is a prime contractor of the federal government, which supports and recognizes these certifications.

Certifications and 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 required to do business with us).

  • National Minority Supplier Development Council
    The National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC)is a membership business organization created to network 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
    The Women's Business Enterprise National Council (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
    The Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council (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

Additional Links

Boeing Supplier Registration


Where to register/certify your company


Commercial Airplanes Supplier Diversity


U.S. Government Links


Classifications

Size and Diversity Classifications Recognized Internationally

SMEs

Small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME) are nonsubsidiary, independent firms that employ fewer than a given number of employees. This number varies across countries. Financial assets can also be used to define SMEs.

Size and Diversity Classifications Recognized Domestically

Business Concerns

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. For more information, refer to the Small Business Administration (SBA) website.

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 (CFR), Title 13, Part 121. For more information, refer to the SBA website.

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.

Nonprofit Organization

Any organization not conducted or maintained for the purpose of making profit (excluding Historically Black Colleges and Universities/Minority Institutions and National Industries for the Blind/National Industries for the Severely Handicapped affiliates). Includes universities; colleges; and local, state and federal governments.

Affiliate Member of (NIB/NISH SourceAmerica)

A business that is affiliated with National Industries for the Blind or National Industries for the Severely Handicapped NISH (NIB/NISH, SourceAmerica). NIB/NISH are national nonprofit agencies that create employment opportunities for people who are blind or severely disabled. For more information, refer to the SourceAmerica website.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities or Minority Serving Institutions (HBCU/MSI

Historically Black colleges and universities (HBCU) are institutions that were established before 1964 and have a principal mission that was, and is, the education of African Americans and that meet the requirements set forth in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Title 34, Part 608. Minority serving institutions (MSI) are institutions that substantially increase the higher education opportunities for minority and/or low-income students education and meet the requirements set forth in CFR Title 34, Part 607.2. For more information, refer to the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities website.

Ownership

Minority-Owned or Minority Business Enterprise

A minority-owned or minority business enterprise (MBE) business concern that is at least 51% owned by one or more minorities, or in the case of any publicly owned business, at least 51% 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

A self-certified small disadvantaged business (SDB) is 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.
  • That is at least 51% unconditionally owned by one or more U.S. citizens who are socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.
  • Whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more U.S. citizens who are socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.
  • The personal net worth of each individual claiming economic disadvantage is less than $750,000 (except for tribes, Alaskan Native corporations (ANC), community development corporations (CDC) and Native Hawaiian organizations (NHO).

Note: ANCs, NHOs, or CDCs, must meet the “ownership,” “management”, and “control” criteria in CFR Title 13, Parts 124.109, 124.110 and 124.111, respectively. For more information, refer to the SBA website.

HUBZone Small Business Concern

A historically underutilized business zone (HUBZone) small business concern is located in a HUBZone and is owned and controlled by one or more U.S. citizens, and at least 35% of its employees reside in a HUBZone. It must appear on the list of qualified HUBZone Small Business Concerns maintained by the SBA. For more information, refer to the SBA website.

Women-Owned or Women Business Enterprise (WBE)

A women-owned or women business enterprise (WBE) concern that is at least 51% owned by one or more women, or, in the case of any publicly owned business, at least 51% of the stock is owned by one or more women, and whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more women. For more information, refer to http://www.wbenc.org and https://weconnectinternational.org.

Women-Owned Small Business Concerns (WOSB)

A women-owned small business (WOSB) concern that is at least 51% owned by one or more women, or, in the case of any publicly owned business, at least 51% of the stock is owned by one or more women, and whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more women. For more information, refer to the SBA website.

Veteran

A veteran is a person who served in the active military, naval or air service who was discharged or released there from under conditions other than dishonorable as defined in Title 38 of the U.S. Code (USC), Section 101 (2). For more information, refer to the National Veteran Small Business Coalition website.

Service-Disabled Veteran

A service-disabled veteran (SDV) has a service-related 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 USC Title 38, Section 101 (16). For more information, refer to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website.

Veteran-Owned Small Business Concern

A veteran-owned small business (VOSB) concern is at least 51% owned by one or more veterans, or, in the case of any publicly owned business, at least 51% of the stock is owned by one or more veterans, and whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more veterans. For more information, refer to the SBA website.

Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Concern

A service-disabled veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) concern is at least 51% owned by one or more service-disabled veterans, or, in the case of any publicly owned business, at least 51% 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. For more information, refer to the SBA website.

Alaskan Native Corporation

An Alaskan Native corporation (ANC) is any regional corporation, village corporation, urban corporation and/or native group organized under Alaska state laws considered a minority and economically disadvantaged concern. This definition includes eligible ANC direct and indirect subsidiaries, corporations, joint ventures, and partnerships. For more information refer to the Alaska Native Corporation (considered 8(a)) link.

Indian Tribes or Tribally Owned

Indian tribes or tribally owned refers to any federally recognized American 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). For more information, refer to https://www.bia.gov/ and https://www.ncaied.org/.

Disability-Owned Business Enterprise

A disability-owned business enterprise (DOBE), as certified by Disability: IN, is a for-profit business that is at least 51% owned, managed and controlled by a person with a disability regardless of whether or not that business owner employs any person(s) with a disability. We do not certify nonprofit organizations.

LGBT-Owned Business Enterprise

An LGBT-owned business enterprise (LGBTBE), as certified by the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), is at least 51% owned, operated, managed and controlled by an LGBT person or persons who are either U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents, and it exercises independence from any non-LGBT business enterprise.

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. For more information, refer to the Asian Pacific Islander Small Business Program website.

African American

Persons having origins in any of the Black ethnic 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.

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:

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

HUBZone Certification Requirements

Boeing requires SBA certification to be identified as a HUBZone company.

To qualify for the HUBZone program, your business must:

  • Be a small business.
  • Be at least 51% owned and controlled by U.S. citizens, a CDC, an agricultural cooperative, an NHO, or an Indian tribe.
  • Have its principal office located in a HUBZone.
  • Have at least 35% of its employees live in a HUBZone.

More information is available on the SBA website.

History of Supplier Development and Diversity

Boeing established a formal small business program in 1951. For more than 60 years, Boeing has demonstrated a history of excellence in the execution of our subcontracting efforts with small businesses.

In the late 1990s, Boeing expanded the program focus to include women- and minority-owned businesses. The initiative became known as Supplier Diversity to reflect this broader emphasis. Over the next decade, our program evolved to begin the global supplier diversity journey.  Much of that was done through membership and engagement with the international affiliates of the National Minority Supplier Diversity Council (NMSDC) and Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).

Boeing has actively engaged with NMSDC affiliates in Australia, Canada, China, South Africa and the UK.  We have also been involved with the WBENC affiliate, WEConnect International, which services women-owned businesses in countries and regions outside the United States. Boeing was a founding member in several of these important business development organizations.

This long-standing subcontracting relationship with our small and diverse suppliers is affirmed in our corporate policy statements. Our organization is responsible for establishing and executing global supplier development and diversity program strategies and plans consistent with The Boeing Company’s business objectives and customer expectations. The program is viewed as a critical element of our strategic sourcing efforts in both government and commercial contracting environments. It is aligned and integrated into our supply chain and directly supports our domestic and international business development pursuits.

We're proud of our diverse supply base and committed to additional expansion. We recognize that our continued success depends on it.

Frequently Asked Questions

Importance

Registering

Qualifications

Process

Register Your Company

In today's global economy, the relationships we forge with our suppliers are increasingly important to our success in a globally competitive and highly technical marketplace. We continue to look for the best industry partners across the world to help meet our customers' needs.

Registration for Companies (Domestic or Foreign)

The first step for companies wishing to become Boeing suppliers is to register in the Boeing Supplier Capability Assessment Database. This database allows Boeing to search for suppliers whose qualifications match potential bid opportunities. Be sure to download the Supplier Capability Questionnaire, fill it out completely, and submit it to boeingsssessment@boeing.com. Please note: Only use Adobe Acrobat or the Acrobat Reader to open and complete the PDF file. If a bid opportunity arises and your products or services match the requirements, you may be contacted by a Boeing representative.

Additional Registration for U.S. Small and/or Diverse Companies

Register your company profile into the U.S. government's System for Award Management (SAM) database. SAM incorporates the former Central Contractor Register (CCR) database, so allowing the SBA's online database of small, small disadvantaged and woman-owned, HUBZone, and veteran-owned businesses as well as other small and diverse classifications wanting to do business with the federal government or its prime contractors can register.