Supplier Diversity

Overview

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee values diversity and considers it an important and critical tool that enables us to maintain a competitive edge in today’s ever-changing marketplace.  To ensure that our suppliers reflect our present and future employee and customer base, as well as society as a whole, we are committed to establishing on-going relationships with small, minority, woman, veteran owned, disabled veteran-owned and HubZone businesses and to further their growth and development. 

For suppliers wishing to enroll or update their current registration data, please follow the link below to our Vendor Registration Page.  Should you need additional information about our Supplier Diversity Program, a printable version of our Supplier Diversity brochure, Self-Certification Form and W9 Tax form are also available on the Vendor Registration Page.

Mission

Our mission is to implement and integrate a measurable Supplier Diversity process into all purchasing and procurement activities through all corporate lines of business. We accomplish this by providing maximum opportunities for small, minority, woman, veteran owned, disabled veteran-owned and HubZone businesses to participate with BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee as suppliers, contractors and sub-contractors. 

This mission statement reinforces our commitment to being a leader in Supplier Diversity and a model corporate citizen in the communities in which we serve.

Vendor Classifications

Minority Business Enterprise (MBE)
A business is classified as a minority business enterprise if the company is at least 51 percent owned, controlled and operated by one or more individuals from a minority group. The following describes the classified minority groups:

African American (non-Hispanic)
A U.S. citizen who is of Black racial groups from the origins of Africa.

Asian-Indian
A U.S. citizen whose origins are from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Asia-Pacific
A U.S. citizen whose origins are from Japan, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan, Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, the Philippines, Thailand, Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Trust Territories of the Pacific or the Northern Marianas.

Hispanic American
A U.S. citizen who is of Spanish culture from the origins of Mexico, South or Central America or the Caribbean Islands regardless of race.

Native American
A person who is a U.S. American Indian, Eskimo, Aleut or Native Hawaiian.

Woman Business Enterprise (WBE)
A business is classified as a woman business enterprise if the company is at least 51 percent owned, controlled, and operated by one or more women.

Small Business
A business, including its affiliates that is independently owned and operated, not dominant in the field of operation in which it is bidding, and qualified as a small business under the criteria and size standards.

Small Disadvantaged Business
A small business concern that is at least 51 percent owned by one or more individuals who are socially and economically disadvantaged.

Veteran-owned small business 
A small business concern not less than 51 percent owned by one or more veterans, and the management and daily business operations of which are controlled by one or more veterans.

Service-disabled veteran-owned small business 
A small business concern not less than 51 percent owned by one or more service-disabled veterans, and the management and daily business operations of which are  controlled by one or more service-disabled veterans.

Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Zone
A small business located in a historically underutilized business zone - an area found within a qualified census tract, qualified non metropolitan counties, or lands within the external boundaries of an Indian reservation. A HUBZone small business appears on the List of Qualified HUBZone Small Business Concerns maintained by the Small Business Administration (SBA).

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT)
A business is classified as LGBT if the company is at least 51 percent owned,controlled, and operated by one or more principals who are either Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgender.

Certification

To be eligible to participate in the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Supplier Diversity program, prospective suppliers and contractors should complete and submit a BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Self-Certification form, a W9 tax form and be registered on the Central Contractor Registration or CCR Web site (http://www.ccr.gov).   The CCR is the primary vendor database for the U.S. Federal Government.  Please also include information on any additional certifications you may have.

What We Procure

  • Advertising/Promotional Specialties
  • Computer Peripherals Computer/ Business Hardware and Software
  • Construction Services/Products
  • Maintenance/Electrical Supplies
  • Janitorial Supplies and Services
  • Carpet and Flooring
  • Copiers
  • Print Shop Supplies
  • Furniture
  • Management/Contract Services
  • Office Supplies/Equipment
  • Security Services
  • Staffing/Consulting Services
  • Paper Products
  • Forms
  • Envelopes
  • Directories
  • Outside Print Services
  • Mailroom Supplies/Equipment

Contact Us

The Supplier Diversity team is your advocate for doing business with BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee. We will match your company with the appropriate buyer of the products and services you provide.

Supplier Diversity Program
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
1 Cameron Hill Circle
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37402
Tel 423-535-4224 Fax 423-535-3183
SupplierDiversity_GM@bcbst.com