Kaiser Permanente's Commitment to Supplier Diversity

Vision: National Supplier Diversity leverages Kaiser Permanente’s buying power to make a sustainable impact on the total health of the communities we serve.

Mission: Our mission is to ensure the dollars spent by Kaiser Permanente contribute to economic and environmental health and reflect the diversity of the communities we serve.

Strategy: Use a comprehensive approach to supplier diversity to create community wealth, generate sustainable jobs and work opportunities, and support the development of businesses that can spur economic development to help create better health outcomes in the communities we serve.

Working together, National Supplier Diversity (NSD) and Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) programs within Kaiser Permanente's Buy to Pay department seek to deliver on the mission of Total Health. Through involvement in the sourcing process, ongoing supplier development activities, economic impact work, and supplier coaching and mentoring, the team works to ensure that diverse suppliers are ready and able to participate in sourcing opportunities. The EPP program uses a variety of sourcing strategies, business forums, and disclosure mechanisms to uncover and capture opportunities throughout our supply chain that benefit the environment, human health, and our bottom line. Both the NSD and EPP Programs have delivered measurable, positive impacts over the years and been honored with a variety of industry awards. 

Visit the NSD website to learn more.


Many commonly asked supplier diversity questions are answered here.

I want to sell my products or services to Kaiser Permanente. What do I need to do?
Register on our on-line portal, which is a database of suppliers/service providers interested in doing business with Kaiser Permanente.

I’ve registered on your on-line portal, how do I know if you received my information on-line?
You will receive an email notification once you've completed the registration process.

How long does it take to process my information?
Once you've completed the registration process, your information is immediately available on our Supplier Registration portal.

I have registered on-line. Now what? How do I get a contract?
Complete the Supplier Information Template to inform us of your capabilities, which will assist us with referring your company to our decision-makers.

Where can I find a list of buyers for Kaiser Permanente? How can I find the name of the buyer that purchases my products and services?
Kaiser Permanente does not release buyer names and contact information; however, our National Supplier Diversity staff works proactively with purchasers to provide exposure for diversity suppliers.

Does Kaiser Permanente require certification from diverse suppliers?
Yes. Certification is the verification of ownership status for companies that declare they are minority, woman, LGBT, veteran, veteran-disabled, disabled-owned or other classifications. We accept certifications from the following third-party agencies and their regional affiliates:

  • National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (www.nglcc.org)
  • National Minority Supplier Development Council (www.nmsdc.org) and its local chapters
  • Small Business Administration (www.sba.gov)
  • Women's Business Enterprise National Council (www.wbenc.org)
  • Other federal, state, and local certification agencies.


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