Inclusive and sustainable procurement

In Diversity and inclusiveness

EY is committed to maintaining a diverse supplier base and building relationships with suppliers that reflect the market, clients and communities we serve.

What EY can do for you

We seek to actively identify, develop and do business with diverse suppliers as an integral component of our procurement activities. Our Inclusive and Sustainable Procurement team drives the supplier diversity initiative at EY to promote supplier inclusion.

EY seeks vendors that are certified as at least 51% owned, operated and controlled by one or more minority, woman, LGBTQ+, veteran, service-disabled veteran, person with a disability, aboriginal, indigenous person, or a historically underutilized business defined by the local country that can enhance our competitive advantage and provide innovative and cost-effective services for our clients.

EY’s advocacy organization membership allows us to participate in activities to recruit diverse contractors, subcontractors and suppliers of products and services of value. Our procurement professionals are not only trained in supplier diversity, but also educate suppliers about our procurement process through the many activities EY supports.

Other certifications are accepted upon review of the Inclusive and Sustainable Procurement Team and client requirements.


Are you a diverse supplier with valid certification from the appropriate agency or association? Our preferred certifications are:

Supporting diverse businesses

Assisting suppliers in achieving their potential is a key element in our initiative. During the past decade, we have created numerous opportunities for our diverse suppliers, including:

Member firms have provided scholarships for diverse businesses to further their knowledge by providing them the opportunity to attend the Tuck Minority Business Executive Program, NMSDC Kellogg AMEP and many other minority business leadership programs. These programs provide an intensive week-long curriculum to foster business development and growth.

Supplier database

Our procurement team has incorporated diversity into each step of our sourcing process. A dedicated team of Inclusive and Sustainable Procurement professionals has been assigned to lead our ongoing efforts to identify diverse-owned businesses and develop relationships with them.

We maintain a procurement database where we can search for qualified suppliers, and we encourage suppliers to register so they can be considered when opportunities become available.

Registered suppliers receive information about upcoming events. They are encouraged to update their information and provide electronic versions of marketing materials. Contracted suppliers also can conduct diverse-owned supplier searches for potential subcontracting opportunities.

Taking more broadly to the world

As part of our commitment to D&I Procurement, our people serve in leadership roles within the organizations listed below to foster the development of diverse businesses around the globe.

Within these organizations, we host forums to discuss our procurement practices and upcoming opportunities for diverse businesses to bid on for provision of services or commodities.

We are proud to be a corporate member of the following organizations:

Awards and recognition

Our efforts to support global D&I Procurement have earned Ernst & Young LLP recognition in the marketplace, including the following:

Program awards

  • Women’s Business Enterprise National Council’s Top Corporation (2013–2017)
  • Ranked No. 1 for Diversity & Inclusion in Diversity Inc.’s Top 50 Companies for Diversity (2017)
  • Ranked No. 7 for Supplier Diversity in Diversity Inc.’s Top 11 Companies for Supplier Diversity (2017)
  • Canadian Aboriginal Minority Supplier Council’s Collaboration Award (2017)
  • National Minority Supplier Development Council’s Global Link Corporation of the Year (2017)
  • Canadian Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce finalist for Corporation of the Year (2017)
  • Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment in South Africa, achieved level one status (2017)
  • Gender Mainstreaming Awards, Specific Category, Economic Empowerment (Overall winner) South Africa (2017)
  • National Business Inclusion Consortium’s Best of the Best Leadership Award (2016)
  • Minority Business News USA’s Most Admired Companies in Supplier Diversity (2016)
  • Procurement Leaders, World Procurement Awards finalist, Corporate Social Responsibility Award (2016)
  • Women’s Enterprise USA’s 100 Corporations of the Year (2013–17)
  • Minority Business News USA’s Corporate 101 (2013–17)
  • Top Corporation for Women Business Enterprises from Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (2009–12)
  • National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce’s Corporation of the Year (2011) 

Champion awards

EY’s Diversity & Inclusiveness champions have received these prestigious awards and nominations:

  • Minority Business News USA’s Supplier Diversity Champion Designation (2017)
  • US Business Leadership Network’s John D. Kemp Leadership Award (2017)
  • WBE Hall of Fame’s Chief Executive Award (2016)
  • Women’s Enterprise’s 100 Top Diversity Leaders (2016)
  • Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council’s Procurement Business Advocate of the Year (2016)
  • Nomination for Buyer of the Year award by Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council (2015)
  • Nomination for Procurement Business Advocate of the Year award by Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council (2015)
  • WBE Hall of Fame Inductees Corporate Advocate (2013)
  • Women’s Enterprise USA’s Top 50 Women in Corporate Supplier Diversity (2013)
  • Diversity Plus magazine’s Top 30 Champions of Diversity (2013)
  • Women’s Business Enterprise National Council’s William J. Alcorn Leadership Award (2011)
  • Women’s Business Enterprise National Council’s Applause Award (2010)

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