Chevron Supplier Diversity Program: Chevron Seeks Supplier Diversity That Reflects Communities it Serves

Chevron“We learn from and respect the cultures in which we work. We value and demonstrate respect for the uniqueness of individuals and the varied perspectives and talents they provide. We have an inclusive work environment and actively embrace a diversity of people, ideas, talents and experiences.” -The Chevron Way

By: Darwin Campbell,African-American News&Issues

Photo Courtesy of Chevron

How does a Black business or company become supplier eligible with Chevron.

The Supplier Diversity/Small Business Program promotes an inclusive business environment for the benefit of the company and our suppliers.  It works with small, minority- and women-owned businesses to develop innovative, cost-effective ways to supply goods and services.

“Chevron is committed to being the Partner of Choice and creating social and economic value wherever we do business,” CEO and Chairman John Watson said. “Integral to these efforts is having a supplier network that reflects the communities where we operate.”

According to Watson, Chevron’s Supplier Diversity/Small Business Program, partners with small, veteran, service disabled veteran, disadvantaged, HUBzone, and women owned businesses (small business concerns) as well as minority and local suppliers, which creates value for our business and supports local economic development.

The company has a robust supplier diversity program. In 2012, Chevron spent $823.8 million with women- and minority-owned businesses in the United States.  The also spent more than $2.5 billion on goods and services from US-based small businesses.

WHO IS CHEVRON

Chevron is one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies.

The company is involved in virtually every facet of the energy industry.

They explore for, produce and transport crude oil and natural gas; refine, market and distribute transportation fuels and lubricants; manufacture and sell petrochemical products; generate power and produce geothermal energy; provide renewable energy and energy efficiency solutions; and develop the energy resources of the future, including research into advanced biofuels.

COMPANY HISTORY

Chevron traces its beginnings to an 1879 oil discovery at Pico Canyon, north of Los Angeles, which led to the formation of the Pacific Coast Oil Co. That company later became Standard Oil Co. of California and, subsequently, Chevron.

The company took on the name Chevron when it acquired Gulf Oil Corporation in 1984, which nearly doubled our worldwide proved crude oil and natural gas reserves. Then, the merger with Gulf was then the largest in U.S. history.

Another major branch of the family tree is The Texas Fuel Company, formed in Beaumont, Texas, in 1901. It later became known as The Texas Company and, eventually, Texaco.

In 2001, the  two companies merged. The acquisition of Unocal Corporation in 2005 strengthened Chevron’s position as an energy industry leader, increasing our crude oil and natural gas assets around the world.

DIVERSITY PROGRAM MAKE UP

Our Supplier Diversity/Small Business Program consists of:

Utilization – We integrate strategies to include competitive sourcing opportunities.

Training and education – We offer training and support for small, minority and women-owned businesses on how to do business with Chevron.

Tracking – We monitor and report our progress towards achieving our program targets with emphasis on continuous improvement.

Certification – We verify that businesses meet the criteria of ownership to qualify as a minority, woman-owned, small disadvantaged or HUB Zone certified firm. Certification workshops, training and partnerships with recognized certifying organizations help facilitate the process.

Outreach – We seek out diverse suppliers through active involvement with small business and minority development organizations and participation in various trade shows.

“Fostering and maintaining productive, collaborative relationships is crucial to our success.” he said. “Chevron is proud to have successfully contracted with thousands of qualified small business concerns and minority and women-owned business enterprises over the years.”

HOW IT WORKS

Suppliers interested in pursuing opportunities within Chevron are encouraged to take the following steps:

Obtain membership and be certified by one or more of our recognized certification organizations.

Learn more about how to do business with large corporations by attending seminars and workshops.

Understand Chevron’s business. Read our Business Code & Ethics Expectations for suppliers and contractors.

Complete the Supplier Registration form on our website and send us copies of your certification documents. Upon completion of our Supplier Registration form, your information will be entered into our supplier diversity database. If there is a sourcing opportunity for your industry-specific business, you may be contacted to submit additional information.

Fill out an application to become a supplier.

WHAT CHEVRON LOOKS FOR

Chevron seeks to develop and maintain partnerships with suppliers who have a strong safety culture, reliable operations, quality goods and services, competitive pricing, strong cost-management skills, innovative business solutions, and a strong customer focus.

In addition to providing high-quality goods and services, companies must also demonstrate the ability to provide Cost savings, financial viability and an excellent safety record.

“The program is an important part of the corporation’s Procurement function, and ensures all businesses are considered on the basis of merit, not just size and strength,” said Dave Feldman, Manager, Supplier Diversity/Local Content. “These value-added small, minority- and women-owned businesses provide innovative solutions that fuel mutual growth for both their firms and our corporation.”

According to Feldman, small, diverse businesses can also often provide services with attractive cost savings and excellent customer service.

CERTIFICATION

Program participants must provide proof of certification from the National Minority Development Council, the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.  Certification is accepted from those organization or their regional affiliates.

Chevron works with the following business concerns to develop innovative, cost-effective solutions that fuel our mutual growth:

Small businesses

Small disadvantaged businesses

Small woman-owned businesses

Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Zone businesses

Small veteran-owned businesses

Small service-disabled veteran-owned businesses

Certified woman-owned businesses

Certified minority-owned businesses

Certified Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender-owned businesses

“As a result of our efforts, our company has been honored with awards from prominent business organizations,” Watson said. “I am pleased with the accomplishments of our Supplier Diversity/Small Business Program. It is an essential component of our Procurement/Supply Chain Management and Corporate business plans and one of the building blocks that supports Chevron’s overall success as a business enterprise.”

For more information contact:

Procurement, Supplier Diversity/Small Business Program

6101 Bollinger Canyon Road

San Ramon, CA 94583

Fax: +1.925.790.3987 or Email: smallbiz@chevron.com

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