SUPPLIER DIVERSITY POLICY
At Stryker, we believe that we have a responsibility to engage with businesses that reflect both the diversity of our employees and that of the communities in which we live and work. As part of this belief, we are committed to partnering with and expanding opportunities for diverse suppliers within our business. We understand that diverse suppliers add value through their innovative ideas, fresh perspectives, and dedication in responding to our needs. By identifying and promoting diverse suppliers, we are able to deliver world-class products and services that enable healthcare providers to better treat their patients, ultimately aiding those patients in leading more active and satisfying lives.
As part of this commitment, we maintain a supplier diversity team whose purpose is to develop strategic program initiatives, implement requirements, and interface with internal and external stakeholders. The following overview represents our continuing efforts toward furthering our partnership with diverse suppliers.
The purpose of our program is to develop and maintain a more inclusive supply base through a continuous commitment to the discovery and development of diverse suppliers within the the following socio-economic categories:
- Minority Business Enterprise
- Woman Business Enterprise
- Veteran Business Enterprise
- LGBT Business Enterprise
Small Business, including:
- Small Disadvantaged
- Historically Underutilized Business Zone
- Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned
IDENTIFICATION OF POTENTIAL SUPPLIERS
The following resources are used to identify potential new diverse suppliers for subcontracting purposes:
- U.S. Government's System for Award Management
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs- Vendor Information Pages Database
Small Business Administration’s Dynamic Small Business Search
We actively engage with trade associations, diversity councils, and other groups in order to increase diverse supplier development opportunities. We currently participate or hold membership in:
- National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC)
- Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
- Various other regional diversity groups
We also attend various events with diverse suppliers, including:
- Roundtable discussions
- Business opportunity fairs
SUPPLIER REGISTRATION PROCESS
Diverse suppliers can register with Stryker by emailing an overview of their organization, including capabilities, references, diversity certification, and D&B D-U-N-S® Number to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interested diverse suppliers should also register in the U.S. Government's System for Award Management.
Please note that registration is not a guarantee of inclusion in subcontracting opportunities. Inclusion in subcontracting opportunities is based on additional factors, including identified need, capabilities, innovation and quality system requirements.
Once a diverse supplier has been identified, we review their submitted information and evaluate whether or not they meet a current need. Fully qualified diverse suppliers are then considered during the subcontracting process. Throughout the development of any subcontracting opportunity and its award, all potential suppliers (both diverse and non-diverse) are evaluated based upon:
- Delivery performance
- Socio-economic classifications
- Distance from Stryker site
- Other factors specific to the subject matter of the opportunity