Diversity Business Practices - Supplier Information

Enabling Economic Outcomes

With strategic partnerships worldwide, Cisco is committed to supplier diversity.


Increase customer satisfaction and enhance sourcing through the inclusion and diversification of Cisco's global suppliers and partners.

Supplier diversity goal: 10% spend with diverse suppliers

Partner diversity goal: Provide support to 250 diverse-owned partner organizations


Gain competitive advantage through inclusion of diverse suppliers and partners.

Supplier and Partner Diversity Commitment

Supplier and partner diversity (worldwide sales, strategy, and operations) are central to Cisco in fulfilling our goal of being the number-one IT company. As part of our vision, we have the opportunity to promote diverse Cisco partners and support diverse suppliers within our supply chain. This commitment is intended to provide universal guidance to all Cisco business functions and employees and designed to support our initiatives to supplier diversity, procurement best practices, and standards.


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Supplier Diversity

Supplier Diversity is a business program that provides equal access to businesses owned by minorities, women, service disabled and veterans, and historically underutilized business zones (HUB zones) to compete in the procurement process.

Partner Diversity

Partner Diversity is Cisco's channel initiative that provides visibility, development, and access to Cisco's customers with a supplier diversity goal. The Cisco diverse partners are owned and operated by minorities, women, service disabled and veterans, and historically underutilized business zones (HUB zones).

Diverse Specialty Distributor Program

The Diverse Specialty Distributor Program promotes supplier diversity in our distribution chain.

Executive Mentor Protege Program

The Executive Mentor Protege Program (EMP2) uses Cisco executives to mentor CEOs of diverse businesses and navigate the barriers within Cisco. EMP2 works to create mutually beneficial business relationships with diverse suppliers and create economic wealth for the community, suppliers, and Cisco. The primary thrust of this program is to provide maximum opportunity to diverse suppliers who are a part of our sourcing and contractual standards. Sourcing is encouraged to identify and include diverse suppliers in the procurement process.

Partner Mentor Program

The Partner Mentor Program (PMP) helps diverse businesses build their capabilities and provide additional support to Cisco channel partners. PMP is intended to be a mutually beneficial business relationship between Cisco diverse and nondiverse partners to create opportunities with Cisco customers.

Cisco Protege Program

The Cisco Protege Program (CP2) Executive Speaker Series is a program by which our proteges continue to gain insightful, practical, relevant, and timely information from proven business executives, including Cisco senior executives.

2nd Tier

The Cisco 2nd Tier initiative was created to make sure that a good faith effort is made to maximize contract opportunities for diverse suppliers that provide products and/or services to Cisco's prime suppliers.

Partner Operations Diversity Forum

The Partner Operations Diversity Forum focuses on building relationships between our diverse-owned channel partners and customers.

Diverse Supplier Registration

Thank you for your interest in the Supplier Diversity Program. Diverse suppliers can register with Cisco by utilizing the Vendor Management Portal. Diverse suppliers must be certified by a third-party authority in order to classify as diverse. The data in the portal is made available to the Strategic Spend Management teams, buyers, contract managers, and sourcing council leads.

If you would like to register as a diverse vendor in the United States, go to the Vendor Management Portal.

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