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Important Notice about Potential Supplier Registration
SD Program Overview
Diversity in the health care supply chain fosters competiveness, productivity, innovation, and economic growth. These are among the many reasons why Vizient is committed to engaging and supporting registered certified diverse suppliers and small businesses that meet high quality standards. Member organizations across the nation are committed to economic development in their communities and can be assured that Vizient awards agreements to high-performing and price-competitive suppliers. Vizient also expects contracted suppliers to support our diversity initiatives by participating in our Tier II Reporting Program and proactively seek opportunities to support our efforts through strategic partnerships with registered certified diverse and small suppliers.
Tier II Program
Hospitals are increasingly asking their prime suppliers to collect and report Tier II spending with diverse suppliers and subcontractors. As competition continues to grow for research grants and other government-related funding, providers need to be able to meet diversity spending requirements in order to qualify for these monies. Also, in many high spend categories within the health care supply chain, there are few diverse suppliers. However, large suppliers can support economic grown in diverse communities nationwide by making a commitment to doing business with diverse suppliers and submitting Tier II data on a quarterly basis. As the nation’s largest member-owned health care services company, Vizient has taken a leadership position in the gathering and reporting of Tier II data.
Tier II reporting suppliers will be identified in the member-facing Vizient contract database. Those members with supplier diversity commitments may be more inclined to purchase from a Tier II reporting supplier. With the Vizient Tier II solution, reporting suppliers will enter their aggregate Tier II spend and we’ll use supplier submitted sales data to allocate Tier II across the hospital membership.
Supplier Registration Portal
Vizient is dedicated to fostering economic growth in the communities our members serve by supporting the development of contracting opportunities for certified diverse and small suppliers. If your business is small (SBE), minority-owned (MBE), women-owned (WBE), or veteran-owned (VBE) register here with Vizient's supplier diversity program and upload the appropriate supporting documentation.
Registration Requirements for the Vizient Supplier Diversity Program
To become eligible, a supplier must provide proof of registration, certification, or verification from one or more of the following agencies:
• System for Award Management (SBE only)
• (submit copy of registration profile from sam.gov)
• National Minority Supplier Development Council
• (submit copy of certification)
• Women's Business Enterprise National Council
• (submit copy of certification)
• U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
• (submit copy of Vets First verification approval letter)
• State or Regional Certifying Authority (subject to additional staff review)
• (submit copy of certification or approval documentation)
Definition of a Diverse or Small Business Enterprise
Minority-owned business enterprise or MBE, means a business entity that is owned, operated and controlled by one or more members of one or more minority groups. "Minority" means a person who is a citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States and who is:
• Black/African-American — a person having origins in any of the black African racial groups not of Hispanic origin
• Latin-American — a person of Puerto Rican, Mexican, Cuban, Central or South American culture or origin, regardless of race
• Asian-American and Pacific Rim islander — a person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, the Indian subcontinent or the Pacific islands
• Native American or Alaskan Native — a person having origins in any of the original peoples of North America and maintaining identifiable tribal affiliations through membership and participation or community identification in an Indian tribal entity or a native entity within the state of Alaska recognized by the federal government and listed as such in the Federal Register. Such affiliation shall be evidenced by a valid identification card or other writing issued by the entity for the purpose of confirming affiliation.
Women-owned business enterprise or WBE, means a business entity that is owned, operated and controlled by one or more women.
Veteran-owned business enterprise or VBE, means a small business entity that is owned, operated and controlled by one or more veterans.
Small business enterprise or SBE, means a business, including its affiliates that is independently owned and operated, not dominant in the field of operation in which it is bidding on government contracts and qualified as a small business under the criteria in 13 C.F.R. Part 121 and the size standard applicable to this acquisition.
Owned, operated and controlled means a business entity which is at least 51 percent owned by one or more members of minority groups or women, or in the case of a publicly held corporation, at least 51 percent of the stock of which is owned by members of one or more minority groups or women; and whose management and daily business is operated and controlled by one or more such individuals who are citizens or permanent resident aliens.