Supplier diversity


We drive positive company and community outcomes by engaging suppliers that reflect the diversity of our customers and their patients, our employees and our communities.


"Championing supplier diversity drives innovation, resiliency and growth. Our collaboration with diverse and small businesses aligns with our values and strengthens our ability to deliver on our mission to make healthcare better."


Kathleen Ward
Vice President, Global Category Leader, Stryker

Register in our portal


If any of the diverse or small business categories listed below apply to your business, it’s important you share this information with us by registering in our Supplier Diversity Portal.

Within our portal you will be able to self-certify or upload any third-party certifications.

Diverse business categories


Defined as for-profit businesses located in the U.S. or its territories, regardless of size, which are owned, operated, managed and controlled by one or more U.S. citizens (or lawful permanent residents) matching any of the diverse categories listed below. Ownership meaning at least 51% owned by such individuals or, in the case of a publicly owned business, at least 51% of the stock is owned by one or more such individuals.

  • Disability Owned Business Enterprise (DOBE)
    Disability defined as a physical and/or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Owned Business Enterprise (LGBTBE)
  • Minority Owned Business Enterprise (MBE)
    Minority defined as African American, Asian-Indian American, Asian-Pacific American, Hispanic American, or Native American.
  • Veteran Owned Business Enterprise (VBE)
    Veteran defined as a person who served in the active U.S. military, naval, or air service, and who was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable.
  • Woman Owned Business Enterprise (WBE)

Small business categories*


Defined as for-profit businesses, located in the U.S. or its territories, independently owned and operated, meeting the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) size standard for the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code that aligns with the products or services the business provides or would provide Stryker. The U.S. SBA offers a Size Standards Tool to help suppliers understand which NAICS code and size standard are appropriate for their business.



  • Small Business (SB)
  • Historically Underutilized Business (HUBZone)
  • Service-disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB)
  • Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB)
  • Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB)
  • Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB)



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"Registering as a small business in our Supplier Diversity Portal increases your exposure to our procurement organization, because we make good faith efforts to provide equitable opportunities for diverse suppliers and small businesses to grow with us."


Garrett Robinson
Program Manager, Stryker

Our supplier diversity efforts


We continually promote and facilitate diverse supplier engagement as a component of our overall corporate responsibility (CR) efforts. Our latest updates can be found in our Comprehensive Report, located in our CR hub.

Our efforts also include engagement with external advocacy groups and membership in:

Through these partnerships, we participate in conferences and outreach events, support supplier development activities, engage in resource development, enable best practice sharing, utilize diverse supplier databases, and build diverse supplier awareness of our procurement opportunities.