Supplier Diversity Policy
At Keystone Computer Associates, we believe that supplier diversity provides us with a significant position of strength in which to support our clients and perform in the markets we serve. We are proud of our strategic alliances with minority-, women-, and service-disabled-veteran-owned business enterprises (MWSDVBE) and enthusiastically embrace the clear vision and mission that guides our diversity initiative.
Keystone’s policy underscores the company’s commitment to the MWSDVBE program by stating that maximum opportunity will continually be afforded to minority-, women-, and service-disabled-veteran-owned businesses to participate with us as suppliers, contractors, and subcontractors of goods and services. Keystone believes this program has the potential of creating better partners, stronger customers, and economic growth for our clients, our business partners, and our customers and employees. The policy ensures strict compliance with all regulatory agency requirements as well as with federal, state, and local procurement regulations and programs.
We recognize that our business performance is evaluated by tapping into the expertise and creativity of all Keystone suppliers. By utilizing and partnering with our diverse suppliers, we will continue to establish a supplier base that positively contributes to our competitive advantage.
Minority-, women-, and service-disabled-veteran-owned business enterprises (MWSDVBE) are viewed as a natural part of Keystone’s business environment. We plan to grow the number of MWSDVBE businesses to supplement how we meet our business objectives.
Definition of MWSDVBE
Keystone’s supplier diversity program includes minority-owned business enterprises (MBE), women-owned business enterprises (WBE), and service–disabled-veteran-owned business enterprises (SDVBE).
Businesses eligible for MBE or WBE status must be at least 51% owned, controlled, and operated by men and/or women who are
- African American
- Asian American
- Hasidic Jew (New York only)
- Hispanic American
- Native American
- Minority/Non-minority Women
Businesses eligible for SDVBE status must be at least 51% owned by one or more service-disabled-veteran individuals.
National Certification Organizations for MBEs, WBEs, and SDVBEs
The following national organizations can assist business with the certification process:
- National Minority Supplier Development Council
- National Women Business Owners Corporation
- Women’s Business Enterprise National Council
- Association for Service Disabled Veterans
- Center for Women’s Business Research
- We continue to be proactive and to improve how we attract our diverse suppliers. Keystone is committed to this goal and is assertive with appropriate initiatives to support the goal.
- We will promote this philosophy and incorporate it into our business development efforts, yielding better financial performance for Keystone and a positive economic impact in the communities where we do business.