Supplier Diversity at Brown

What is Supplier Diversity?

Supplier Diversity is a business strategy that encourages the use of diverse suppliers in the procurement of goods and services

Supplier Diversity Mission Statement 

Brown University is dedicated to developing mutually beneficial relationships with qualified, underrepresented suppliers to enable them to participate in the University’s sourcing and procurement process. Brown will facilitate inclusive procurement opportunities and encourage university departments and schools to offer opportunities to such suppliers. Brown’s supplier diversity efforts  are an essential component to supporting the University’s DIAP program.

 Supplier Diversity Policy

What are the diversity supplier classifications?

AbilityOne Program - AbilityOne Classified Business
ANC-Indian-Tribe - American Indians and Alaska Natives
DBE - Disadvantaged Business Enterprise 
Disabled - Disability Owned Business
EDWOSB - Economically Disadvantaged Woman-Owned Small Business
HBCU Historically Black Colleges and Universities
HUBZone - Historically Underutilized Business
LGBT - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender
MBE - Minority Business Enterprise
SBA 8(a) - Small Business in the 8a Development Program
SBE - Small Business Enterprise
SC-SDB - Self-Certified Small Disadvantaged Business
SDB - Small Disadvantaged Business
SDVET - Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business
VET - Veteran Owned Business
WBE - Women Business Enterprise
WOSB - Woman-Owned Small Business

How to find a supplier in Workday with a diversity supplier classification

The Find Suppliers Report in Workday enables you to search for active Workday suppliers, and suppliers with diversity classifications.  Additional search options can be selected such as Supplier Category and Supplier Group to focus your supplier search.  For information on how to run this report and its related job aid, search Find Suppliers Report in the Workday Learning section under the Menu.  Strategic Suppliers with diversity classifications are also denoted on the Strategic Suppliers page

How to view a supplier's diversity classification in Workday

To view a supplier's diversity classification in Workday, click on the supplier, and in the supplier's Overview tab select Classification.

Strategic Procurement & Contracts has partnered with to identify current diverse suppliers at Brown and SPC can assist with providing spend data with diverse suppliers. Explorer Explorer is a software piece from that provides a database of diverse suppliers within The Boston Consortium For Higher Education.  Please contact [email protected] to assist with obtaining access to the database or assistance with searching for and identifying diverse suppliers within the database.

Supplier Diversity Classification Definitions - Glossary

Diversity classification registration information for suppliers is located here:

Search for Certified Businesses:
State of Rhode Island MBE/WBE Directory
Massachusetts Directory of Certified Businesses
State of Connecticut SBE/MBE Directory
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs VOSB/SDVOSB Directory
Small Business Association Directory for HUBZone, WOSB, EDWOSB

State Certification information:
State of Rhode Island Division of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion 
Commonwealth of Massachusetts Supplier Diversity Office
State of Connecticut Supplier Diversity

Suppliers with Diversity Classifications and Doing Business with Brown

Supplier Diversity at Brown connects certified suppliers with opportunities to provide their  goods and services to Brown University departments.  Please visit Doing Business with Brown for more information.  There is a Begin Working with Brown section located at the bottom of the page.   If you are a supplier that holds diversity certifications you may also email [email protected] with information regarding your business.

Diversity classification registration information for suppliers with Supplier.IO is located here:


For more information regarding Supplier Diversity  at Brown, questions and assistance please contact  [email protected]