Frequently Asked Questions
What is a diverse supplier?
A diverse supplier is any U.S.-based, for-profit company certified by a third-party agency as falling under one of the Diverse Supplier Classifications as defined by the U.S. Small Business Administration and/or the National Minority Supplier Development Council.
Why should I submit an application?
Completing this application will help KCI determine which of our potential suppliers qualify for our Supplier Diversity program. This program helps small or underprivileged companies participate in our global supply chain.
Why is KCI implementing this program?
We are taking an active role in contributing our part to the global corporate citizenship. With this program, we can promote diversity among our suppliers and enable diverse companies to grow by offering them an opportunity to participate.
How does KCI's program work?
Qualified applicants will be contacted and may be made eligible to bid on KCI contracts.
- In order to register with KCI's diversity program, businesses must first have third-party certification of their diversity status.
- Registration in our diversity program does not guarantee that a business will be considered to bid on KCI contracts.
- Registration does not guarantee winning a KCI contract, nor does it certify a business as a KCI supplier.
- KCI's diversity program is not a set aside program; it is a competitive bid process.
How do I submit the application?
Click on the application link to download a copy of the application (PDF format), then fill it out and mail it to the address on the first page. Download the Supplier Application Form now >>
I've submitted an application, what happens next?
All applications are put under review and qualified suppliers fitting our business needs will be contacted.
Can I update my information?
To update your information, you will need to resubmit an application containing your current information.
How do I get certified?
Companies can be certified as diverse suppliers via third-party agencies such as the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC). Links to these and others can be found in our resources page.