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Supplier Diversity and Inclusion at Amazon
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Supplier Diversity is the intentional inclusion of businesses owned by an individual or group that is a member of a traditionally underrepresented or underutilized group.

As part of Amazon’s Supplier Diversity and Inclusion (SDI) spend, the following types of US-based, certified diverse-owned businesses are recognized as part of our initiative: Minority-owned businesses (Asian-Indian, Asian-Pacific, Black, Hispanic, and Native American), Women-owned businesses, Veteran-owned businesses, businesses owned by People Living with Disabilities, business-owners who identify as LGBTQ+, companies who are registered by the US Small Business Administration as 8(A) and HUBZone, and companies certified by the Department of Transportation- Disadvantage Business Enterprise.

Amazon recognized US certifications
As part of our Supplier Diversity and Inclusion initiative, the following are recognized diverse classifications at Amazon US.

Click each classification below to learn more.

Disability Owned Business Enterprise (DOBE)

DOBE

The Disability Owned Business Enterprise (DOBE) certification is granted to businesses that are at least 51% owned, operated, controlled, and managed by a Person living with a Disability.

You can find more information at Disability: In, one of Amazon’s recognized certifying organizations.

Minority Business Enterprise (MBE)

MBE

Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) are at least 51% owned by individuals from systematically excluded communities of color (Asian Indian, Asian-Pacific, Black, Hispanic, and Native American) or, for a publicly owned business, at least 51% of the stock is owned by one or more such individuals.

You can find more information at National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), one of Amazon’s recognized certifying organizations.

LGBT Business Enterprise (LGBTBE)

LGBTQ+

An LGBT Business Enterprise (LGBTBE) must be at least 51% owned, operated, managed, and controlled by a person or persons identifying as LGBTQ+ who are either US citizens or lawful permanent residents.

You can find more information at National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), one of Amazon’s recognized certifying organizations.

Veteran Business Enterprise (VBE) | Service-Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (SDVBE)

VBE/SVBE

A Veteran Business Enterprise (VBE) or Service-Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (SDVBE) is at least 51% owned by one or more veterans or service-disabled veterans. The veteran owners must have full control over the day-to-day management, decision-making, and strategic policy of the business.

You can find more information at National Veterans Business Development Council (NVBDC), or National Veteran-Owned Business Association (NaVOBA), Amazon’s recognized certifying organizations.

Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE)

WBE

A Women’s Business Enterprise, is a business that is at least 51% owned by a Woman or, for a publicly owned business, at least 51% of the stock is owned by one or more Women.

You can find more information at Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), one of Amazon’s recognized certifying organizations.

Small Disadvantaged Business 8(a) and HUBZone

Small Disadvantaged

Small Business Administration (SBA) is a business assistance program for small disadvantaged businesses of the United States government. SBA certification is for owners of small firms, who are from socially and economically disadvantaged groups defined under SBA 8(a) criteria. The 8(a) program is a nine-year business development program that provides business training, counseling, marketing, and technical assistance to certified small businesses.

The United States Small Business Administration (SBA) program also supports HUBZones, which is a program that operates and employs people in Historically Under-utilized Business Zones.

Eligibility
The business must:

  • Be small by SBA standards, and
  • Be at least 51% unconditionally and directly owned and controlled by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individuals who are US citizens.

You can find more information at Small Business Administration (SBA), one of Amazon’s recognized certifying organizations.

Department of Transportation Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)

DOT

To be eligible for the DBE program, persons must own 51% or more of a “small business”, establish that they are socially and economically disadvantaged within the meaning of DOT regulations, and prove they control their business.

You can find more information at Department of Transportation (DOT), one of Amazon’s recognized certifying organizations.

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