At Nationwide, we're committed to identifying and establishing effective and positive business relationships with diverse suppliers.
Nationwide Is Committed to Diverse Suppliers
Diversity and inclusion are at the heart of our On Your Side® experience for our associates, suppliers and customers. Each individual is unique. Recognizing this uniqueness and knowing how to work effectively across our differences are critical to our success as a company and being able to deliver on our promise.
The importance of diversity and inclusion to our culture and our business is reflected in our values and every aspect of the company. Our core performance value depends on our commitment to listening to every voice and considering every point of view in our daily interactions with each other, our suppliers and our customers.
We're proud of our commitment to diversity, and that includes the suppliers we work with. As one of the largest insurance and financial companies in the world it can be a challenge for suppliers to find the right decision makers to meet with. That's why we established a corporate-wide Supplier Diversity program.
Nationwide's Supplier Diversity program's goal is to foster the promotion, growth and development of minority, women, lesbian, gay and veteran owned enterprises. The program has played an important role in developing Nationwide's diverse suppliers and to help determine whether their products or services fit within Nationwide's corporate strategies.
Nationwide's Office of Supplier Diversity focuses on contracting with, educating, investing in and mentoring diverse suppliers. For example, we conduct a Supplier Development Series every year which were offered free to a population of diverse suppliers. In 2012, more than 150 people participated in the sessions which were led by female, minority and LGBT suppliers.
As Nationwide continues to grow we are committed to doing our part to ensure that diverse businesses are a part of the mainstream of our company and our nation's free enterprise system.
To learn more about Supplier Diversity at Nationwide, email us at SUPPLIER@nationwide.com.
An MBE that is located in the United States, is at least 51% owned and controlled by a minority person (or persons) who is a citizen of the United States and is operated on a for profit basis.
An WBE that is located in the United States, is at least 51% owned and controlled by a woman (or women) who is a citizen of the United States and is operated on a for profit basis.
An VBE that is located in the United States, is at least 51% owned and controlled by a veteran (or veterans) who is a citizen of the United States and is operated on a for profit basis.
An LGBTBE that is located in the United States, is at least 51% owned or operated and controlled by a gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender person (or persons) who is a citizen of the United States and is operated on a for profit basis.
In addition to city, state and federal agencies, Nationwide also accepts certifications from the following third-party agencies:
- National Minority Supplier Development Council
- Women’s Business Enterprise National Council
- National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
- National Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF)
Nationwide welcomes the opportunity to explore relationships with all businesses. If you think your business qualifies for diverse supplier certification (Minority-owned, Woman-owned, Veteran-owned or LGBT-owned), please email us.
Supply Management Services (SMS) develops supplier solutions to meet business unit requirements for purchased products and services, negotiates and implements contracts, and manages suppliers to contract with our internal clients. The Supplier Diversity Office supports SMS to ensure that a diverse supplier base is available during the bid process.
Nationwide values diversity and understands the challenges facing minority, women, and small businesses. Together, SMS and Supplier Diversity provide our customers with quality goods and services at the best possible costs.
Suppliers will be selected as part of the SMS sourcing process consistent with the sourcing strategy in place for that commodity. All suppliers will be evaluated against the same requirements. Quality or service standards will never be compromised with the selection of a supplier.