Supplier Diversity


Grant Thornton’s Supplier Diversity Program provides procurement opportunities for certified small and diverse businesses. Supplier diversity is important to our firm’s overall success, both in its procurement practices and as a responsible business organization. By providing economic opportunities, we ensure our role as a leader within the communities we serve.




Grant Thornton’s Supplier Diversity Program

  • Enhances the supply chain via increased competition.
  • Strengthens the economy of the communities we serve and reflects our role as market leaders.
  • Encourages shared interests with key markets.



Eligibility and registration requirements



To qualify as a Grant Thornton diverse supplier, a company must be:

  1. A for-profit business, regardless of size, physically located in the United States or one of its territories;
  2. At least 51% owned and operated by a woman, minority, veteran, disabled veteran, person with a disability or a member of the LGBTQ community or meet the SBA definition of small and disadvantaged business; and
  3. Certified by one of the following certification agencies:
    • National Minority Development Council (NMSDC)
    • Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
    • National Gay Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)
    • Government Agency (City, State or National)


Your organization must be certified in at least one of the following classifications:

  • 8(a) SBA Certified
  • Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB/SBA)
  • HUB Zone (SBA Certified)
  • Minority Business Enterprise (MBE)
  • Woman Business Enterprise (WBE)
  • Disabled Person-Owned Business (DOBE)
  • Veteran Owned Business (VBE)
  • Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business (SDVB)



Supplier Diversity FAQs



What are the benefits of the Grant Thornton Supplier Diversity (SD) Program?


Suppliers who register with our program online are part of a supplier database that is made available to Grant Thornton’s procurement organization. When the firm has a need for goods or services, the procurement team works with business decision-makers to identify qualified suppliers to include in the commercial process.



I am certified as a diverse business. What’s my next step?


If you are interested in applying to do business with Grant Thornton and have evidence of third party certification, please begin the process by going to our supplier diversity online application. This application enables us to become familiar with your company’s background and capabilities and capture your information in our supplier diversity database for future reference. Please be advised that acceptance into the supplier diversity program does not indicate that your company is an approved supplier for Grant Thornton.



If I am not certified as a diverse business or am self-certified, what’s my next step?

In order to participate in the supplier diversity program, a supplier must be certified by one of the Grant Thornton recognized certification agencies (i.e. NMSDC, WBENC, NGLCC, municipality). We do not accept self-certification. Companies that are not yet certified but plan to pursue certification should indicate this in their program application.



What is the definition of a diverse business and what does certification do?


Third party certification designates that your company meets the definition of being at least 51% owned, controlled AND operated by one or more members of a diverse group (e.g., minority, woman, LGBTQ, veteran, disabled, small disadvantaged).



How long will my company’s profile be active in the Grant Thornton database?


We will maintain a company’s profile as active in our database for as long as its certification remains current. We recommend that suppliers provide us with updated company certification information a minimum of once each year, as expired certification will render your file inactive.

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