Supplier Diversity Program
At City of Hope, diversity of skills, experience and cultural background are essential ingredients to providing compassionate patient care, achieving innovative discoveries and advancing vital education focused on eliminating cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases in all our communities. We are dedicated to fostering a community that embraces diversity; this is reflected in City of Hope’s supplier diversity policy which affirms that certified diverse and small suppliers have the opportunity, access and invitation to participate in proposals designed to engage suppliers.
City of Hope recognizes the need for and the benefits of sourcing and stimulating the growth of minority, women, veteran, disabled veteran and LGBTQ+-owned, and historically underutilized, business enterprises, as well as small businesses. We, therefore, have adopted a proactive policy of promoting, engaging and providing equal access to business opportunities with diverse suppliers. We are committed to ensuring all transactions are procured through a fair and open competitive environment. To support this commitment, City of Hope actively collaborates with diverse suppliers to foster healthy and fair business relations.
City of Hope is committed to diversity and strives to hire, develop and retain a workforce and supply base that reflects the community that we serve and in which we work. We require those providing products and services to City of Hope to prohibit discrimination on the basis of any protected characteristic in accordance with applicable laws, and we encourage them to promote diversity, including providing opportunities to diverse suppliers, as we do to support our important goal.
Who Qualifies as a Small or Diverse Supplier?
Small or diverse suppliers that meet City of Hope’s procurement qualifications have an opportunity to partner with City of Hope in transforming how we deliver medical care across the nation. This includes businesses that are 51% owned, controlled and operated by individuals from one or more of the following groups:
Diversity is in our DNA, from our patients, caregivers, staff, faculty and researchers to our core values. We are proud to support minority-owned businesses. We recognize diverse certifications from many local, state and national third-party agencies, including the National Minority Supplier Development Council.
We’re honored to stand with the LGBT community in continuing to build awareness and acceptance. As part of that commitment, we’re committed to support LGBT-owned businesses, such as those certified by the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce.
Small businesses are a vital part of the community, contributing to innovation, connectedness and economic growth. If your business meets the small business criteria, as defined by the Small Business Administration, let’s get a conversation started.
We support women-owned businesses and are working to increase representation in our supply chain by partnering with women’s organizations and women-owned businesses. We recognize certifications from a variety of third-party agencies, including the Women's Business Enterprise National Council.
It’s a privilege to honor our veterans and their service by supporting veteran and service-disabled veteran-owned businesses. We recognize diverse certifications from a variety of third-party agencies, including the National Veteran-Owned Business Association.
Small businesses in Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) help bring crucial job opportunities and economic growth to the communities that need it most. If your small business meets the HUBZone criteria, as defined by the Small Business Administration, we’d love to hear from you.
Our Supplier Diversity Outreach Efforts
City of Hope participates in outreach activities throughout the year — including seminars and conferences — to provide support to and increase opportunities for diverse suppliers to do business with City of Hope.
We also partner with a variety of organizations to support the growth and development of diverse suppliers:
- Southern California Minority Supplier Development Council
- Women’s Business Enterprise Council - West
- United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
- National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Chamber of Commerce
- Veterans in Business Network
- Vietnamese American Chamber of Commerce
- Asian American Chamber of Commerce
- System for Award Management
- Local Chamber of Commerce events
- Trade associations and supplier diversity conferences
City of Hope’s Commitment to Diversity
City of Hope is a community of people characterized by our diversity of thought, background and approach, and tied together by our commitment to care for and treat those with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The innovation that our inclusion and diversity produce in the areas of research, treatment, philanthropy and education has made us national leaders in this fight.
City of Hope recognizes that our vendors are equally important members of our community, and we continually explore ways to work with companies that share our commitment to diversity. Our policy requires that our prime vendors utilize small and diverse suppliers in fulfilling contracts. We continue to enhance our supplier diversity program to include Tier II subcontracting. Through this part of our program, we aim to increase opportunities for diverse businesses by requesting our prime vendors to report the volume of work they have with diverse businesses. City of Hope requires that suppliers who participate in the 2nd Tier Program submit performance reports detailing purchasing data covering spend with diverse suppliers.