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Strengthening our business
through supplier diversity.



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What is supplier diversity?

At H-E-B, we believe that our suppliers should be as diverse as our customers. We are proud to have a supplier diversity program that ensures we are selling goods and utilizing services from a wide variety of businesses. As a former small business ourself, we recognize and celebrate the value that small businesses, local businesses, and minority-, women-, LGBT-, veteran-, and disabled-owned businesses bring to the marketplace.

What types of business does H-E-B support through the supplier diversity program?

H-E-B supports small businesses, and businesses that are 51 percent or more owned, operated, and managed by someone who fits in one or more of following categories:

  • Woman who is a US citizen or permanent legal resident of the United States

  • Minority who is a US citizen or permanent legal resident of the United States

  • Veteran who is a US citizen or permanent legal resident of the United States

  • Disabled person who is a US citizen or permanent legal resident of the United States

  • Disadvantaged person who is a US citizen or permanent legal resident of the United States

  • LGBT person who is a US citizen or permanent legal resident of the United States

James Harris, Director of Diversity & Inclusion and Supplier Diversity

At H-E-B, we believe that “Each and Every Person Counts”, a core part of our Bold Promise. Supplier Diversity helps us live out these pillars of sales growth and building stronger communities.

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Director of Diversity and Inclusion and Supplier Diversity

The diversity program also supports businesses that are located in a HUBZone. These businesses must operate and employ individuals residing in a Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone), as defined by the US Small Business Administration (SBA).

Supplier Success Stories

Learn how H-E-B works hand in hand with suppliers in our supplier diversity program to deliver products that exceed our customers expectations.

How to participate

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Businesses seeking to participate in H-E-B's supplier diversity program must be officially certified as 51% or more owned, operated, and managed by minorities, women, LGBT individuals, or veterans, or operate in an SBA-certified HUBZone (Historically Underutilized Business Zone).

Businesses seeking to be recognized as a small business by H-E-B must self-certify that they meet the federal requirements for a small business. If you are uncertain whether you meet the federal requirements, please visit the US Small Business Administration’s website for more information. Small business may also self-certify that they are a diverse-owned small business.

Some of the certifications we accept are highlighted below, but the H-E-B Supplier Diversity Program will accept many state, county, or city certifications. Please contact Supplier Diversity if you have questions about other approved third-party certifications and agencies/organizations.

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Supplier interaction
Women's Business Enterprise National Council
Women's Business Enterprise National Council
A national organization that certifies women-owned businesses (WBE).
Visit WBENC.org
National Minority Supplier Development Council
National Minority Supplier Development Council
A national organization that certifies minority-owned businesses (MBE).
Visit NMSDC.org
National Veteran Business Development Council
National Veteran Business Development Council
A national organization that certifies veteran-owned businesses.
Visit NVBDC.org
United States Business Leadership Network
United States Business Leadership Network
A national organization that certifies disabled-owned businesses (DBE).
Visit disabilityin.org
National LGBT Chamber of Commerce
National LGBT Chamber of Commerce
A national organization that certifies gay/lesbian-owned businesses (LGBTBE).
Visit NGLCC.org
U.S. Small Business Administration
U.S. Small Business Administration
A government agency that sets standards for disadvantaged and HUBZone small businesses.
Visit SBA.gov

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H-E-B board memberships and partners

National Minority Supplier Development Council
Houston Minority Supplier Development Council
Southwest Minority Supplier Development Council
Texas Association of African American Chambers of Commerce
Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce
D.F.W. Minority Supplier Development Council
Women's Business Enterprise National Council
National Veteran Business Development Council
Disability In
National LGBT Chamber of Commerce
U.S. Small Business Administration