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      Supplier Inclusion

      Supplier Inclusion

      Supplier Inclusion Program

      The goal of Kroger’s Supplier Inclusion Program is to foster the promotion, growth and development of minority, women and other diverse owned enterprises. Kroger is a complex company. To simplify the process of navigating our company and gaining access to appropriate decision makers, Kroger established a corporate-wide Supplier Inclusion Program more than 30 years ago. The program has played an important role in developing Kroger’s diverse suppliers by assisting them with analyzing their business capabilities to determine whether their products or services fit within Kroger’s corporate strategies and the marketplace as a whole. We believe this is a sound business practice.

      What is a diverse business?

      At least 51% owned and controlled/operated by a U.S. Citizen and one of the following categories or ethnicities:

      • African American
      • Asian Indian
      • Asian Pacific
      • Hispanic
      • Native American
      • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender
      • Service Disabled Veteran
      • Veteran
      • Woman
      • People with Disabilities

      As Kroger continues to grow, we are committed to doing our part to ensure that diverse businesses are a part of the mainstream of our company and our nation’s free enterprise system. Kroger has numerous opportunities, recognizing the added value of Supplier Inclusion. Our approaches are as varied as the businesses and individuals involved. Our goal is always the same: to reflect the broad diversity of the marketplaces we serve.

      Our Role

      The Kroger Supplier Inclusion Program is managed by the Senior Director of Diversity, Multicultural Development & Supplier Inclusion. Our role is:

      • Answer initial questions from prospective diverse businesses
      • Link qualified suppliers with appropriate decision makers and serve as an ombudsman for suppliers
      • Promote an “open door” atmosphere within the company that provides guidance and consultation to potential diverse suppliers and further develops their business

      Certifications

      NMSDC – If the prospective supplier is minority-owned, Kroger recommends that the business becomes certified by the National Minority Supplier Development Council or one of its regional affiliates at www.nmsdcus.org

      WBENC- If the business is woman-owned, Kroger recommends certification with the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council at www.wbenc.org

      NGLCC- Contact the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce for certification as a Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual or Transsexual owned business at www.nglcc.org

      U.S. Dept. of Veteran Affairs- If the supplier is a service-disabled veteran or veteran owned, please contact the USDVA for documentation to verify your status at www.va.gov

      • Kroger will also accept certification from any national, state, or local third-party certifying agency.

      Registration

      To join our family of suppliers please visit?Become A Supplier

      Questions?

      Contact us at 513-762-1582 or supplierdiversity@kroger.com

      Additional pages in Supplier Diversity

      More for Suppliers

      The Kroger Family of Companies

      As America’s grocer, our most urgent mission is to be here for our customers when they need us most, with open stores and openhearted hospitality. We’re taking proactive steps to protect the health and safety of our associates, customers and communities, including adjusted store operating hours, enhanced cleaning procedures, physical distancing precautions and?expanded associate benefits.

      For more information about Kroger’s Sharing What We’ve Learned: A Blueprint for Businesses resource guide, visit here.