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Supplier Diversity

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Recipient of the 2014 and 2015 Corporation of the Year, Class II by the Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council

Doing Business with Cleveland Clinic.

Reaching out to organizations that meet and support supplier diversity remains a proactive business process at Cleveland Clinic.

Our Supplier Diversity strategy supports our commitment to care for the communities we serve. It allows us to leverage our purchasing to drive economic inclusion for qualified diverse suppliers. We strive to increase participation in Cleveland Clinic’s procurement opportunities for businesses that are 51% owned and operated by:

  • Minorities
  • Women 
  • Veterans
  • Service-disabled veterans
  • LGBT 
  • or are HUB Zone certified

To effectively deliver an integrated model of world class care, Cleveland Clinic partners with best in class organizations – both large and small – that complement our caregiver strategy of “Patients First.” The following information is intended to assist corporations seeking to do business with Cleveland Clinic.

For more information about Cleveland Clinic’s Supplier Diversity Program, please contact Kumi Lane at 216.448.8055 or lanek@ccf.org.

If interested in conducting business with Cleveland Clinic, please register your company and apply through our Supplier Registration portal.

The supplier diversity strategy at Cleveland Clinic aims to develop a pool of qualified and certified diverse suppliers for increased participation in our procurement opportunities.

Cleveland Clinic’s desire to attract more diverse suppliers follows a three-pronged approach:

  • Increase the vendor pool to connect qualified woman-owned, minority-owned, and veteran-owned companies to current bidding opportunities. External matchmaker events, ongoing collaboration with community partners, and targeted meet-and-greet events hosted by Cleveland Clinic all support this effort.
  • Promote the growth of business opportunity to current diverse Cleveland Clinic vendors. 
  • Promote inclusive sub-contracting on Cleveland Clinic construction projects through the use of Community Benefits Agreements and our construction Mentor/Protégé Programs. 

View our Supplier Diversity Report to see how we are making an impact.

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Our areas of responsibility include: 

  • Strategic Project Development 
  • Real Estate 
  • Planning & Design 
  • Construction 
  • Facilities Management 
  • Media Operations 
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B&P: Learn more information on how B&P supports supplier diversity.

From sourcing and contract negotiations to purchasing and materials management, everything that we do is centered around patient care, a critical link in the patient-physician care continuum. Supply Chain Management’s unique blend of clinical and business experience allows us to partner with physicians, administrators, managers, nurses and other key leaders across the health system to implement strategies that promote quality, access and value.

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Learn more information on how Supply Chain Management supports supplier diversity.

As a participant in the Supplier Diversity strategy at Cleveland Clinic, we provide a number of resources four our diverse suppliers. The following initiatives help support diversity suppliers at Cleveland Clinic:

Cleveland Clinic Targeted Matchmakers

Cleveland Clinic participates in several matchmakers per year in multiple supply chain and construction categories held by local organizations such as the local offices of the Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council, Small Business Administration, Women’s Business Council - Ohio River Valley, and Council of Smaller Enterprises.

Community Benefit Agreement

In 2013, Cleveland Clinic joined eight other private/public-sector business leaders in signing an endorsement of the City of Cleveland’s Community Benefits Agreement – a significant investment in Cleveland’s local residents and businesses. The agreements on major construction projects cover workforce reporting on hiring contracts, contract local MBE/FBE/SBE workers, promoting mentor/protégé relationships, and supporting apprentice and pre-apprentice programs.

Mentorship Program

In 2013, Cleveland Clinic launched its Mentor/Protégé program designed to develop the capacity of minority business enterprises in the construction and design field. Two architectural services contractors, five construction management companies, and seven minority business enterprises (MBEs) are participating in a multi-year partnership designed to increase the capacity of smaller minority firms through mentoring. The ultimate goal is to enable the MBE firms to competitively bid on larger construction projects in the future, both within and outside of Cleveland Clinic.

Supplier Diversity Community Advisory Council

Cleveland Clinic has assembled a council of experts in supplier diversity and regional economic development to assist in creating and implementing the best possible supplier diversity initiatives. The council meets quarterly and assists Cleveland Clinic in sourcing qualified vendors for appropriate opportunities. The council is also given all of Cleveland Clinic’s supplier diversity data to track progress and hold Cleveland Clinic accountable for its stated goals.

Cleveland Clinic has a long-standing commitment to serving local needs by attracting, supporting and partnering with diverse business enterprises. Our supplier diversity strategy and procurement process supports this commitment by identifying and working with qualified diverse suppliers to increase their participation in Cleveland Clinic’s procurement opportunities.

To facilitate this process, our online supplier registration tool will identify and register potential suppliers.

Registering as a supplier does not automatically place your company on a “bidder’s list,” constitute approval of your firm as a Cleveland Clinic supplier, or obligate Cleveland Clinic to solicit a request for quotation. It does, however, allow us to better understand your firm’s capabilities and experience.

Register now and start the process of becoming a diverse supplier with Cleveland Clinic.