Inclusive procurement practices provide opportunities for diverse businesses that in turn increase representation, create job opportunities and provide economic advancement for historically underrepresented groups, including racial minorities, women, veterans and members of the LGBTQ+ community. Southern Company Gas’ engagement with small, minority, women and veteran-owned businesses in 2020 and 2021 led to over $3 billion in contributions to the U.S. economy and sustained nearly 20,000 jobs.
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Who qualifies as a diverse supplier?
A diverse supplier is one which is certified by a third-party (see Certification Agencies) as having met the definition of being at least 51 percent owned, controlled AND operated by one or more members of a diverse group. Diverse businesses include those that are women-owned, minority-owned, veteran-owned or disabled-owned. HubZone, small disadvantaged and small businesses are also considered diverse businesses.
I am self-certified. Can I still register as a diverse supplier?
To be registered in the Supplier Inclusion Program as a diverse supplier, your business must be certified by one of the recognized certification agencies. In circumstances where we decide to make an exception, we would provide an self-certification form and affidavit; however we strongly encourage all suppliers that want to be included in our Supplier Inclusion Program to obtain third-party certification.
How can I do business with Southern Company Gas?
Southern Company Gas’ Purchasing organization is responsible for facilitating and implementing the procurement and contracting of materials, supplies, equipment, software and services. Purchasing is responsible for seeing that applicable corporate procurement, contracting guidelines, and procedures are followed throughout the company. This role includes competitive bidding, requests for proposals, conflict of interest checks, contract awards, insurance requirements, and supplier/contractor performance management. Applications from suppliers/contractors that can provide materials or services to Southern Company Gas and its subsidiaries will be promptly received and given fair consideration as our needs arise.
Does Southern Company Gas have a commitment to diverse supplier communities?
Southern Company Gas purchases a large and diverse number of products and services from numerous suppliers/contractors (see Supplier Opportunities). Southern Company Gas is committed to doing business with quality suppliers/contractors that are representative of the diversity of the communities that we serve. It is also our mission to provide development, education, training and procurement and contracting opportunities for diverse businesses.
What are Southern Company Gas’ expectations of their suppliers?
Southern Company Gas requires our suppliers/contractors to follow applicable laws, meet or exceed industry standards and conduct business in an ethical manner. Each supplier/contractor may be required to provide a certificate of insurance for approval that meets specific required coverage and names Southern Company Gas as “Additional Insured.”
Does my registration guarantee that I will be selected as a supplier?
No. However it does give suppliers/contractors opportunity for consideration as business needs arise.
What are the classifications of a diverse businesses?
For more information, please e-mail questions or comments to Supplier Inclusion Supplier_Diversity@southernco.com.