Supplier Diversity Program

Infusing Diversity in Our Supply Chain

At City of Hope, we’re actively working to fight cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Partnering with small and diverse suppliers is an essential part of our fight against cancer.

Diversity and inclusion are cornerstones of our culture and core values as a company. Our patients, caregivers, staff and team members represent every culture, creed and walk of life. It’s important that diversity also extends to every aspect of our medical care, including the companies and suppliers we partner with.


Supplier Diversity Policy

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At City of Hope, diversity of skills, experience and cultural background are essential ingredients to providing compassionate patient care, achieving innovative discoveries and advancing vital education focused on eliminating cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases in all our communities. We are dedicated to fostering a community that embraces diversity; this is reflected in City of Hope’s supplier diversity policy which affirms that certified diverse and small suppliers have the opportunity, access and invitation to participate in proposals designed to engage suppliers.

City of Hope recognizes the need for and the benefits of sourcing and stimulating the growth of minority, women, veteran, disabled veteran and LGBTQ+-owned, and historically underutilized, business enterprises, as well as small businesses. We, therefore, have adopted a proactive policy of promoting, engaging and providing equal access to business opportunities with diverse suppliers. We are committed to ensuring all transactions are procured through a fair and open competitive environment. To support this commitment, City of Hope actively collaborates with diverse suppliers to foster healthy and fair business relations.

City of Hope is committed to diversity and strives to hire, develop and retain a workforce and supply base that reflects the community that we serve and in which we work. We require those providing products and services to City of Hope to prohibit discrimination on the basis of any protected characteristic in accordance with applicable laws, and we encourage them to promote diversity, including providing opportunities to diverse suppliers, as we do to support our important goal.

Supplier diversity policy

Who Qualifies as a Small or Diverse Supplier?

Small or diverse suppliers that meet City of Hope’s procurement qualifications have an opportunity to partner with City of Hope in transforming how we deliver medical care across the nation. This includes businesses that are 51% owned, controlled and operated by individuals from one or more of the following groups:

  • Minorities
    Diversity is in our DNA, from our patients, caregivers, staff, faculty and researchers to our core values. We are proud to support minority-owned businesses. We recognize diverse certifications from many local, state and national third-party agencies, including the National Minority Supplier Development Council.
  • LGBT community

    We’re honored to stand with the LGBT community in continuing to build awareness and acceptance. As part of that commitment, we’re committed to support LGBT-owned businesses, such as those certified by the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce.

  • Small businesses

    Small businesses are a vital part of the community, contributing to innovation, connectedness and economic growth. If your business meets the small business criteria, as defined by the Small Business Administration, let’s get a conversation started.   

  • Women
    We support women-owned businesses and are working to increase representation in our supply chain by partnering with women’s organizations and women-owned businesses. We recognize certifications from a variety of third-party agencies, including the Women's Business Enterprise National Council.
  • Veterans
    It’s a privilege to honor our veterans and their service by supporting veteran and service-disabled veteran-owned businesses. We recognize diverse certifications from a variety of third-party agencies, including the National Veteran-Owned Business Association.
  • HUBZone
    Small businesses in Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) help bring crucial job opportunities and economic growth to the communities that need it most. If your small business meets the HUBZone criteria, as defined by the Small Business Administration, we’d love to hear from you.

Our Supplier Diversity Outreach Efforts 

City of Hope participates in outreach activities throughout the year — including seminars and conferences — to provide support to and increase opportunities for diverse suppliers to do business with City of Hope.

We also partner with a variety of organizations to support the growth and development of diverse suppliers:


  •  Southern California Minority Supplier Development Council
  • Women’s Business Enterprise Council - West
  • United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Chamber of Commerce
  • Veterans in Business Network
  • Vietnamese American Chamber of Commerce
  • Asian American Chamber of Commerce
  • System for Award Management
  • Local Chamber of Commerce events
  • Trade associations and supplier diversity conferences   

City of Hope’s Commitment to Diversity

City of Hope is a community of people characterized by our diversity of thought, background and approach, and tied together by our commitment to care for and treat those with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The innovation that our inclusion and diversity produce in the areas of research, treatment, philanthropy and education has made us national leaders in this fight. 

City of Hope recognizes that our vendors are equally important members of our community, and we continually explore ways to work with companies that share our commitment to diversity. Our policy requires that our prime vendors utilize small and diverse suppliers in fulfilling contracts. We continue to enhance our supplier diversity program to include Tier II subcontracting. Through this part of our program, we aim to increase opportunities for diverse businesses by requesting our prime vendors to report the volume of work they have with diverse businesses. City of Hope requires that suppliers who participate in the 2nd Tier Program submit performance reports detailing purchasing data covering spend with diverse suppliers.

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