Suppliers

Diversity Program

Supplier Diversity Program

Supplier Diversity Program

Cox believes that diversity improves our business, strengthens our communities and contributes to the economic well-being of an increased number of businesses and their employees. We value and encourage the use of qualified minority-owned (MBE); women-owned (WBE); lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTQ); veteran, service disabled veterans, and disability businesses in our companywide purchasing process. We seek to form mutually beneficial partnerships with suppliers who offer high-quality products or services that are competitively priced and come with excellent customer service.

For the purpose of this program, a qualified business enterprise is defined as a business that is at least 51 percent owned, operated and controlled by one or more of the following groups, who are either U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents, and has its principal place of business (headquarters) in the United States. In the case of publicly owned businesses, a member or members of diverse groups must own at least 51 percent of the stock.

  • Minority Groups (MBE) – A minority person is a member of the African American, Asian Pacific American, Hispanic American, Native American, and Asian-Indian
  • Americans, and Alaskan ethnic group
  • Women-owned (WBE)
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender (LGBTQ)
  • Service Disabled and Veterans (SD/VBE)
  • Disability (DOBE)
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CERTIFICATION

All diverse businesses seeking to participate in the Supplier Diversity Program must be certified. Cox accepts certifications from the affiliate councils of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), National Veteran Business Development Council, as well as, U.S. Business Leadership Network (Disability). Certification is also accepted from local and state government agencies.

 For more information about the certification process, please reference these websites below: