The Automobile Club of Southern California’s Supplier Diversity Program
At the Automobile Club of Southern California, diversity is reflected in our employees, members, and suppliers. We are committed to driving diversity in our growing supplier base and offering equal access to purchasing opportunities while building value-added business relationships. Our Supplier Diversity Program recognizes and supports minority, women-owned, and disabled veteran-owned business enterprises that provide quality, value-driven products and services.
Who we are
The Automobile Club of Southern California is an affiliate of the American Automobile Association. We provide travel services, emergency road services, and insurance services in Southern California and numerous states including Alabama, Arkansas, Hawai‘i, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Vermont, and Virginia.
To be eligible to participate in our Supplier Diversity Program, a company must present certification as a minority-owned, women-owned, or disabled veteran-owned business.
- Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) – “Minority business enterprise” means a business enterprise, physically located in the United States or its trust territories that is at least 51 percent owned by a minority group or groups. Or, in the case of any publicly owned business, at least 51 percent of the stock of which is owned by one or more minority groups, and whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more of those individuals. “Minority” includes African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, and Asian Pacific Americans who provide proof of United States citizenship or legal resident alien status.
- Women Business Enterprise (WBE) – “Women business enterprise” means a business enterprise physically located in the United States or its trust territories that is at least 51 percent owned by a woman or women, or, in the case of any publicly owned business, at least 51 percent of the stock of which is owned by one or more women, and whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more of those individuals who provide proof of United States citizenship or legal resident alien status.
- Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) – The law defines a disabled veteran as a United States military, naval or air service veteran with a service-related disability of at least 10 percent. DVBE is a sole proprietorship or partnership of at least 51 percent owned by, stock owned, and/or at least in which a joint venture’s management, control, and earnings are held by one or more disabled veterans. Its home office is located in the United States and is not a branch or subsidiary of a foreign corporation, firm, or business, and is certified by the California State Department of General Services.
Several organizations assist companies with the certification process to become a diverse supplier. If you meet the criteria above and are interested in becoming certified, you can find additional information through:
- California Department of General Services
- National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc.
- Southern California Minority Supplier Development Council
- Women’s Business Enterprise Council West
- Women’s Business Enterprise National Council
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