Procurement Services is pleased to offer resources to help University departments support supplier diversity and sustainable procurement.  Click on the links below to learn more about these initiatives.   Scroll down to the table to learn how to search for diversity-supplied and sustainable products in the UT Market Place.

Sustainability

UT’s Supplier Diversity Program

Small and Diversity Business Classifications Recognized by the State of Tennessee

  • DSBE – Business owned by persons with disabilities
  • MBE – Minority-owned business enterprise
  • SBE – Small business enterprise
  • SDVBE – Service-disabled veteran-owned business enterprise
  • WBE – Women-owned business enterprise

Visit the Tennessee Governor’s Office of Diversity Business Enterprise’s website to learn more.

State of Tennessee Certifying Agencies

  • TN GoDBE – Tennessee Governor’s Office of Diversity Business Enterprise

This is the most important certification to UT because when we report our small and diversity business spend to the state, we are only allowed to report spend with GoDBE certified companies.  Currently, this is the only diversity spend that we measure and report. GoDBE certifies Tennessee businesses that are small, minority-owned, woman-owned, service-disabled veteran-owned, or owned by persons with disabilities.

  • TDOT – TN Department of Transportation

Nationally Recognized Certifying Agencies

  • NMSDC – National Minority Supplier Development Council
  • OSDBU – U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization
  • TSMSDC – Tri-State Minority Supplier Development Council, regional affiliate of NMSDC serving Kentucky, Tennessee, and West Virginia
  • SBA – U. S. Small Business Administration
  • WBENC – Women’s Business Enterprise National Council

Other Certifying Agencies

  • MMBC – Mid-South Minority Business Council
  • NMBC – The National Minority Business Council, Inc.

 

 

Searching for Diversity-Supplied and Sustainable Products in the UT Market Place

Company NameCertified small or diversity-owned company?Diversity Certification(s)Catalog contains filters for diversity-supplied products?Instructions to search for diversity-supplied products.Catalog contains filters for sustainable products?Instructions to search for sustainable products.
Amazon BusinessNoYesInstructionsYesInstructions
Edwards Supply Co., Inc.YesTN GoDBE
WBENC
TSMSDC
NoAll products are diversity-supplied.No
FastenalNoYesInstructionsYesInstructions
Fisher ScientificNoYesInstructionsYesInstructions
GraingerNoYesInstructionsYesInstructions
Graphic CreationsYesTN GoDBENoAll products are diversity-supplied.NoType "sustainable" in search box.
Life Technologies/ThermoFisherNoYesInstructionsYesInstructions
MSC Industrial Supply Co.NoNoYesInstructions
Scientific Sales Inc.YesTN GoDBE
TSMSDC
NoAll products are diversity-supplied.YesInstructions
SHIYesTN GoDBE
WBENC
NMBC
NoAll products are diversity-supplied.No
Sigma-AldrichNoNoInstructionsYesInstructions
Staples Business AdvantageNoYesYesInstructions
Staples Promotional ProductsNoNoYesInstructions
VWRNoYesInstructionsYesInstructions