Kaiser PermanenteSUPPLIER DIVERSITYBuilding. Economic. Diversity.



We are active members of local, regional and national organizations that are chartered to advance business opportunities, support and advocate for the growth and welfare of minority, women, LGBT and veteran-owned business enterprises, and connect them to corporate members and their buyers.

These organizations also provide a credible and reliable certifying authority that ensures valid documentation exists of a business' ownership and control.

Some of the organizations include the following:


Events for Diverse Suppliers

Find out when Kaiser Permanente will be in your area by viewing our Outreach Calendar and meet us at an event where we can discuss our program and answer your questions!

If you are interested in attending any of the supplier events on our calendar, please visit the event's website or contact the organization directly for more information.  A link to each organization's website can be accessed from our Outreach Calendar.

The events listed may require a registration or fee to attend, it is recommended to contact the sponsoring organization directly for more specific logistical information.

**Our Outreach Calendar is tentative and does not guarantee our attendance at each event. The calendar may be revised throughout the year as our business needs evolve.

Additional Resources:

Historically Underutilized Business Zones Program
HUBZone program helps small businesses in urban and rural communities gain preferential access to federal procurement opportunities.

The organization that negotiates and manages large, multi-state and national contracts for Kaiser Permanente.

National LGBT Chamber of Commerce
NGLCC supports and advocates for diversity and inclusion for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT)-owned businesses.

Small Business Administration
The SBA is the industry standard for Small Business Enterprise (SBE) certification and resources.  You can also look up your North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code, definitions for size requirements for specific businesses, and other important information.

U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs/Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization
The OSDBU seeks to enable Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSB), Veteran Owned Small Businesses (VOSB), Small Disadvantaged Businesses (SDB), HUBZone Businesses, and Woman-Owned Small Businesses to add value to the work of the Veterans Administration. 

Q. I want to sell my products or services to Kaiser Permanente. What do I need to do?

A. Register on our on-line portal, which is a database of suppliers/service providers interested in doing business with Kaiser Permanente.

Q. How do I know if you received my information on-line?

A. You will receive an email notification once you've completed the registration process.

Q. How long does it take to process my information?

A. Once you've completed the registration process, your information is immediately available on our Supplier Registration portal.

Q. I have registered on-line. Now what? How do I get a contract?

A. Complete the Supplier Information Template to inform us of your capabilities, which will assist us with referring your company to our decision-makers.

Q. 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?

A. 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.

Q. Does Kaiser Permanente require certification from diverse suppliers?

A. 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 Veterans Business Development Council (www.nvbdc.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.
Diverse Supplier

Diverse suppliers/service providers are small, and/or minority, women, LGBT, veteran, veteran disabled and disabled-owned businesses.

LGBT Owned Business

A business which is at least 51% owned, operated, managed and controlled by an LGBT (Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) person or persons who are U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents. The company must exercise independence from any non-LGBT business enterprise, have its principle place of business (headquarters) in the United States and have formed as a legal entity in the United States. Visit National LGBT Chamber of Commerce for additional details.

Minority Owned Business

A business which is at least 51% owned and operated by an individual(s) who are U.S. citizens and their ancestry is African-American, Asian-American, Native-American, or Hispanic-American. Visit the National Minority Supplier Development Council for additional details.

Prime Supplier

A Tier I supplier that provides products/services and invoices to Kaiser Permanente for goods and services rendered directly by that supplier.

Tier II Supplier

A supplier that provides products/services and invoices to the Prime Supplier for goods and services rendered directly or indirectly to Kaiser Permanente.

Veteran or Disabled Veteran Owned Business

A business that is at least 51% owned, operated and controlled by a qualified veteran or veterans. Consult the Department of Veterans Administration and/or the appropriate state agency for further clarification.

Woman Owned Business

A business that is at least 51% owned, operated and controlled by a woman or women who are U.S. citizens. "Control" in this context means exercising the power to make policy decisions. "Operate" in this context means being actively involved in the day-to-day management. Visit Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).