The Foundation of Trust
Sterling provides the foundation of trust and safety our clients need to create great environments for their most essential resource, people. We believe everyone has the right to feel safe.
As a global leader in background and identity services, we pride ourselves in not only finding the right people for our clients, but also the right vendors for our business. We recognize the importance of having a diverse vendor base that reflects our customers around the world. We embrace diversity through our employees, our suppliers and partners we work with, our customers, and the communities in which we work and live. Sterling’s vendor diversity mission is to proactively identify, build relationships with, and purchase goods and services from certified diverse businesses.
Vendor Due Diligence
Sterling’s Vendor Diversity Program is administered and monitored by the Strategic Sourcing & Global Procurement (SS & GP) team. The program is governed by internal goals and contractual commitments to our clients. At Sterling, we understand the critical need to vet and perform due diligence on vendors within our supply base. A thorough due diligence process allows us to identify diverse vendors and include those vendors in our company’s day-to-day screening business. Utilizing diverse vendors is one way that Sterling can support economic development of the diverse communities we serve.
Diverse Vendor Qualifications
Creating Value Through Diversity
Sterling defines a diverse vendor as a US privately held company that is 51% owned and operated by a minority, a woman, a member of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) community, a veteran or a small business that is independently owned and operated, and able to qualify under criteria defined in the US Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Table of Small Business Size Standards.
WOMAN BUSINESS ENTERPRISE
A Women’s Business Enterprise, commonly referred to as a WBE, is an independent business concern that is at least 51% owned and controlled by one or more women who are US citizens or Legal Resident Aliens; whose business formation and principal place of business are in the US or its territories; and whose management and daily operation is controlled by a woman with industry expertise. (Women’s Business Enterprise National Council)
MINORITY BUSINESS ENTERPRISE
Minority group members are United States citizens who are Asian, Black, Hispanic, and Native American. Ownership by minority individuals means the business is at least 51% owned by such individuals or, in the case of a publicly-owned business, at least 51% of the stock is owned by one or more such individuals i.e. the management and daily operations are controlled by those minority group members. (National Minority Supplier Development Council)
VETERAN OWNED OR SERVICE-DISABLED VETERAN OWNED BUSINESS
A veteran business enterprise is a US-based business which is at least 51% percent owned by a veteran; and exercises independence from any non-veteran owned business enterprise. Veteran owned businesses must be certified by the National Veteran Business Development Council (NVBDC).
SMALL BUSINESS ENTERPRISE
Small business enterprise US-based business organized for profit and in accordance with small business size standards.
LGBT BUSINESS ENTERPRISE
A LGBT business enterprise (LGBTBE) is a US-based business which is at least 51% percent owned by an LGBT person or persons; and exercises independence from any non-LGBT business enterprise. (National LGBT Chamber of Commerce)
Vendor Diversity Program
If you are a qualified diverse vendor, and would like to participate in Sterling’s Vendor Diversity Program, please complete the Diverse Vendor Profile (DVP) form and provide your information and diversity certification to Sterling.VendorDiversity@Sterlingcheck.com.
Sterling Requirement for Diversity Inclusion:
- Minority-Owned Business Certification
- Woman Owned Business Certification
- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Business Enterprise (LGBTBE) Certification
- Veteran Owned or Service-Disabled Veteran Business Certification
- Micro, Small, or Medium Enterprise (MSME), Small or Medium Enterprise (SME), or Small Business (SB) Certification
Sterling will review all applications and if your company is found eligible, a vendor diversity representative will reach out to you to start the onboarding process.
Selection & Inclusion
Diversity and Inclusion
Upon review of your DVP form, you will be notified within 30 business days by Sterling of your acceptance to our Vendor Diversity Program. Please be thorough with your profile as an incomplete profile will be rejected and returned to you for resubmittal. Sterling is committed to diversity and inclusion; therefore, we take pride in providing equal opportunity to all vendors within our supply base.
Please note, submission of the DVP form is for informational purposes and any information submitted will be for internal use only. Sterling reserves the right to award business to diverse vendors, but it is not guaranteed that all diverse vendors will receive business opportunities.