Driving diversity beyond our doors

Diversity and inclusiveness procurement

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

We actively identify, develop and do business with diverse suppliers — as an integral component of our strategic sourcing and procurement activities.

Through our diversity and inclusiveness procurement (D&I Procurement) initiative, we seek small businesses and businesses owned by minorities; women; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people; service disabled veterans and people with disabilities who can enhance our competitive advantage as well as provide innovative and cost-effective services to our clients.


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

Other certifications are accepted upon review of the D&I Procurement Team and client requirements.

  • Supporting diverse businesses

    Helping suppliers achieve their potential is a key element of our initiative. Over the past three years, we have created numerous opportunities for our diverse suppliers.

    Since the program began, we have provided scholarships for diverse businesses to attend Tuck, Kellogg School of Management, University of Washington and many other leadership programs.

    These programs provide a structured environment for fostering business development and growth. Through these programs, we offer protégés access to leadership training to improve suppliers’ business acumen.


  • Supplier database

    Our procurement team has incorporated diversity into each step of our sourcing process. A dedicated team of D&I 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.

    Become a registered supplier now.
  • 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 for Women’s Business Enterprise –
      Platinum Level of Distinction, 2013-2015
    • Women’s Enterprise USA 100 Corporations of the Year (2013)
    • Minority Business News USA's Corporate 101 (2013)
    • Top Corporation for Women Businesses Enterprises, Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (2009-2012)
    • National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, Corporation of the Year (2011)
    • Women Presidents’ Educational Organization, NY Region Corporation of the Year (2009)
    • 2009 Corporation of the Year finalist, New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council
    • Hispanic Enterprise, Top 50 Corporations for Supplier Diversity (2008)

    Champion awards

    • Keith Ambersley nominated for Buyer of the Year award by the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council (2015)
    • Lori Benson nominated for Procurement Business Advocate of the Year award by The Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council (2015)
    • Theresa Harrison WBE Hall of Fame Inductees Corporate Advocate (2013)
    • Theresa Harrison named one of the Women's Enterprise USA's Top 50 Women in Corporate Supplier Diversity (2013)
    • Theresa Harrison named one of the DiversityPlus Magazine's Top 30 Champions of Diversity (2013)
    • Theresa Harrison wins Women's Business Enterprise National Council's, William J. Alcorn Leadership Award (2011)
    • Theresa Harrison is a Women's Business Enterprise National Council's, Applause Award Recipient (2010)