Supplier Diversity

Small Business and Supplier Diversity at DuPont

The DuPont Approach to Supplier Diversity

For almost four decades, DuPont has had a formal commitment to supplier diversity as an essential business strategy that recognizes the economic advantages of tapping into the strength of small and diverse suppliers and of helping create strong economies.

At DuPont, we realize the strategic importance of having a supply base that reflects both the diversity of our company and the global nature of our customers. When we partner with qualified small and diverse suppliers, we are not only helping to better meet customer expectations, but also contributing to the economic growth in the communities where we live and work. We know that our suppliers are integral to our success, and we appreciate the innovation and value that our small and diverse suppliers bring to our businesses each and every day. — Ed Breen, DuPont Chairman and CEO

Thank you for your interest in conducting business with DuPont. The information provided here applies to US and Puerto Rico.

DuPont Supplier Diversity Policy 

It is the policy of DuPont that our businesses include and support high performing small(1) and diverse(2) suppliers in their supply chains as a component of our global commitment to diversity and inclusion.  Ensuring our supply base reflects our customers, employees and the communities where we live and work is a key business strategy.  This policy is enabled by Sourcing & Logistics and implemented by our businesses.   

To be invited to compete for DuPont business, a small or diverse supplier must meet the same qualification requirements we apply to all suppliers, including:

  • The capability needed to deliver the needed materials or services
  • Cost competitiveness
  • Consistency, with repeatable high levels of quality and service
  • Industry expertise
  • Innovation 
  • Sound financial standing
  • Operational and safety standards that adhere to the DuPont Core Values of Safety & Health, Environmental Stewardship, Highest Ethical Standards and Respect for People
  • Meeting DuPont expectations as outlined in the Supplier Code of Conduct


1. A small business is a for profit enterprise, with a place of business located in the United States, which together with its affiliates must meet the numerical size standards as defined in the Small Business Size Regulations,13 CFR 121.

2. A diverse business is a for-profit enterprise, regardless of size, physically located in the United States, which is owned, operated and controlled by a minority (African American, Native American, etc.), woman, veteran, LGBT, or disabled individual. Ownership means the business is at least 51% owned by such individuals and the management and daily operations are controlled by those groups.

In addition, DuPont also cultivates relationships with Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Minority Institutions, AbilityOne, and small disadvantaged businesses.

For the second year in a row ...

...DuPont was named a 2015 Top Corporation by Women’s Business Enterprise National Council for having a distinguished supplier diversity program.