Global Procurement

Supplier Diversity

Overview and Benefits

We believe our company and communities benefit when we provide equal opportunities for diverse suppliers to compete for new and current business opportunities. By including qualified diverse suppliers in the purchasing process to provide products and services that meet our requirements, we will strengthen the business position of our suppliers, customers, and ourselves. We recognizes the strategic value of supplier diversity initiatives, and strives to have a sustainable program. 

Supplier Diversity program benefits include: 

  • Increased opportunities to buy locally, regionally, or nationally to ensure a source of supply
  • Quality products, services, and solutions resulting from competition for PPG’s business
  • Competitive edge when seeking government Procurement opportunities that require firms to make every effort to use diverse suppliers
  • Personalized and flexible service
  • Enhanced product loyalty among diverse customers
  • Ability for PPG to play a part in diverse supplier business growth and success
  • Drive economical and social benefits with targeted businesses and/or local communities
  • Enhanced community relations and positive publicity based on supplier diversity commitment


The Supplier Diversity program applies to the USCA region of PPG – primarily the United States.  Additionally, the program is primarily used and supported by the Automotive and Aerospace businesses. 

We follow the definition of diverse businesses as laid out by the certifying bodies and those recognized by our government. Accordingly, these companies are U.S. owned and privately held, and are a minimum of 51% owned and operated by an individual or individuals that fall into one or more of the below categories: 

  • Woman Owned Business Enterprise (WBE)
  • Minority Business Enterprise (MBE)
  • Veteran Owned Business (VET)
  • Small Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (SBE)
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBTQ)
  • Historically Under-utilized Business Zone (HUBZone)
  • Small Business Association / Economically/Socially Disadvantaged (8a)
  • Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)
  • Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB)
  • Economically Disadvantaged Woman-Owned (ED-WOSB)
  • Service Disabled Veteran (SDVET)
  • AbilityOne Program
  • Alaska Native Corporation (ANC)
  • Self-Certified Small Disadvantaged Business (SC-SDB)
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU)
  • Disabled
  • Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE)

*Not all categories may be listed. Additionally, our Aerospace business and business units involved in government subcontracting may recognize different definitions accepted in their respective industries.

A diverse business is classified and certified as such by entities such as, but not limited to:

  • Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
  • National Minority Supplier Diversity Council (NMSDC)
  • National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)
  • Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council (CAMSC)
  • National Women Business Owners Corporation (NWBOC)
  • Disability:IN
  • Small Business Administration
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Vets First Verification Program

Customer requirements will dictate acceptable certifying agency(ies). 

Roles and Responsibilities

The program roles and responsibilities span internal functions and well as our external customers and stakeholders. 

  • Business and Customers
    • Provide requirements, expectations, and reporting to help meet established targets and objectives
    • Work collaboratively with Procurement to drive program growth
  • Procurement Center of Excellence
    • Assist in identifying tools, suppliers, and best practices through available applications, council memberships, benchmarking, and networking events for category managers and businesses to review
    • Program governance, including, but not limited to:
      • Facilitate internal reporting and KPI progress (e.g. diverse spend as a percent of total spend) on a monthly cadence
      • Monitor program progress and assist in external reporting (e.g. diverse spend as a percent of sales) as determined by customer requirements
  • Procurement Category Management
    • Include diverse suppliers in sourcing strategies and projects, and drive volume to qualified diverse suppliers (where possible) through the use of market information, references, tools, and other reports
    • Obtain approval on the de-sourcing of diverse suppliers, and/or explain why potential diverse suppliers were not qualified or awarded business

Goals and Success Factors

The program foundation is based on four pillars, where the ultimate goal is to increase the volume of spend going to qualified diverse suppliers.  These actions are in alignment with our corporate strategies of maintaining and growing revenue, improving customer relationships by helping to meet and exceed their metrics, and to be best in class.

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