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Supplier diversity


We gain competitive advantage by engaging suppliers that reflect the diversity of our customers and their patients, our employees and our communities.

Interested in doing business with us?


Businesses who meet the criteria defined below and fall into any of the associated categories listed are invited to register in our Diverse Supplier Portal (DSP).

Information shared during registration will be made available to the appropriate Stryker stakeholders who will reach out directly to businesses as opportunities arise.

Diverse business categories


We define diverse businesses 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


We define small businesses, in alignment with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) requirements, as for-profit businesses located in the U.S. or its territories, meeting SBA size standards for their industry (based on revenue or employee count), which are independently owned and operated and not nationally dominant in their field. SBA size standards vary by industry (e.g., Machine Shops can qualify as small with under 500 employees). We encourage businesses to learn more at the SBA website.

Small Business Enterprise (SBE)*

  • 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)


Our supplier diversity efforts


We are continually working to promote and facilitate diverse supplier engagement as a component of our overall corporate responsibility (CR) efforts. Our most up-to-date efforts and results can be found in our Comprehensive Report, located in our CR hub.

Our efforts also include engagement with external advocacy groups, including U.S government agencies, and membership in:

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


"One of the most rewarding aspects of working with our teams, suppliers and other partners to advance diversity is the collective understanding that diversity brings value. We all have important roles to play, and the sum of our efforts can be transformational."


Garrett Robinson
GQO Supplier Diversity Program Manager, Stryker