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Overview

Our Program

The mission of Supplier Diversity at State Farm is to identify and encourage equal opportunities for businesses owned by minorities, women, and persons with disabilities to contribute to our overall goal of providing quality products and services to meet our customers' needs at competitive prices.

At State Farm we track and report Tier 1 and Tier 2 spend with certified diverse suppliers to increase opportunities with MBEs and WBEs.

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A Message from Our CEO

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Michael L. Tipsord
President & CEO

The State Farm® "Like A Good Neighbor" theme is more than an advertising slogan. It's a way of life for State Farm associates. We are there -- when our policyholders have a question, when they have an insurance need and, most importantly, when they have a loss. We are there with friendly, helpful, personal service to keep the promises we've made. Our business partners are an important part of helping us honor our commitment to policyholders. We are dedicated to developing partnerships with suppliers who share our goal of providing quality products and services, and are as diverse as the policyholders we serve. State Farm promotes including businesses owned by minorities, women, and persons with disabilities in our selection process. I strongly support our company’s Supplier Diversity Program. I encourage everyone with purchasing responsibilities to consider diverse suppliers in their decision making process.

Diverse Supplier Qualifications

A Diverse Business is a for-profit enterprise, regardless of size, physically located in the United States or its trust territories, that falls into one or more of the following classifications.

Women Business Enterprise (WBE): at least 51% operated and controlled by women

Minority Business Enterprise (MBE): at least 51% operated and controlled by

  • African Americans
  • Hispanic Americans
  • Native Americans
  • Asian-Pacific Americans
  • Asian-Indian Americans
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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Business Enterprise (LGBTBE): at least 51% operated and controlled by LGBTQ individuals

Disability-Owned Business Enterprise (DOBE): for-profit enterprise at least 51% operated and controlled by physically or mentally challenged individuals or a not-for-profit agency of the same qualification

Service-Disabled Veteran/Veteran Owned Business Enterprise (SDVOBE): for-profit enterprise at least 51% operated and controlled by veterans or veterans with disabilities or a not-for-profit agency of the same qualification

Diversity Certification

Certification is the process by which an organization verifies, using a combination of screening interviews, site visits, and capability studies, that a business is owned by a minority, woman, or diverse group. State Farm accepts certification from national, state, local organizations, and government agencies.

Vendors must be certified diverse in order to participate in State Farm’s Supplier Diversity program. Contact the Supplier Diversity Team at supplierdiversity@statefarm.com regarding any certification questions.

Registration

Once your application has been received, the information your company provided will be entered into the State Farm Supplier Diversity Database. Information relative to the products and services that your company provides will be made available to State Farm Purchasing employees as well as to other associates throughout the company.

If there is a match between the products and services your business provides and our procurement needs, you will be contacted by a State Farm associate. It is important that you keep your data up-to-date. If there are changes to your contact information, capability statements or any other information relevant to your business, contact us at supplierdiversity@statefarm.com.

Tier 2 Reporting

Tier 2 Spend is measured in dollars State Farm's suppliers spend with diverse suppliers whose products and/or services cannot be identified as directly supporting the products and/or services the State Farm supplier is providing to State Farm. A supplier’s own diverse spend on operating supplies and maintenance services are some examples of Tier 2 Spend. Tier 2 Reporting is due to State Farm by our suppliers 30 days following the end of each quarter.

Products and Services

Our desire is to build strong supplier relationships with quality vendors. State Farm maintains a high standard of ethical business conduct and we seek suppliers who will adhere to our company policy, which states that employees are not to accept gifts or entertainment from suppliers. Supplier representatives are asked not to offer or send any gratuity. Company policy further states that employees will pay their fair share of expenses incurred for mutually beneficial meetings and trips that are required in the course of business and in the interest of buyer/supplier relations.

Services
Advertising
Logistics
Air Carriers, Parcel Services, & Contract Carriers
Commercial Printing
Temporary Services
Janitorial
Construction
Equipment
Photographic
Audio/Visual
Computer Equipment
Telecommunications
Software
Supplies
Incentives/Marketing Materials
Office Supplies
Maintenance and Repair Items
Office
Copy Machines
Furniture
Lighting
Replacement Service Products
Jewelry
Watches
Fine Arts
 

Contact the Supplier Diversity Team at supplierdiversity@statefarm.com with questions.

FAQ


You will receive notification via e-mail that your application has been received. Due to the large volume of applications received by the Supplier Diversity Manager, you can expect a response from one of our procurement specialists in approximately 45 days.



If no immediate opportunities are available, your information will remain in the Supplier Diversity Database for one year. If you desire to continue business pursuits with State Farm after this time period, please forward a copy of your certification and any company updates to Purchasing. It is also your responsibility to provide updates throughout the year if any information changes within your company.



To be eligible to participate in the Supplier Diversity Program at State Farm, a business must be at least 51 percent owned, operated, and controlled by a minority, woman, or diverse group. In addition, your business must be certified with a local, state, national, or government organization.



Certification is the process by which an organization verifies, using a combination of screening interviews, site visits, and capability studies, that a business is owned by a minority, woman, or diverse group. State Farm accepts certification from national, state, local organizations, and government agencies.



Suppliers must be certified diverse in order to participate in State Farm’s Supplier Diversity program. These certifications must be done by an independent third party. Reach out to the Supplier Diversity Team at supplierdiversity@statefarm.com with any certification questions. Listed are a few certifying entities:

  • National Minority Supplier Diversity Council (NMSDC)
  • Women’s Business Enterprise Council (WBENC)
  • National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)
  • National Association of Minority Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF)
  • US Business Leadership Network (USBLN)
  • US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC)
  • US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce (USPAACC)
  • National Veteran Owned Business Association (NaVOBA
  • Disability:IN
  • State/ Government office
  • Local Chamber of Commerce


Certification does not guarantee a contract with State Farm. Certification is used for identification and routing purposes.



The role of the Supplier Diversity Team is to assist in connecting diverse, qualified suppliers with the right procurement specialist. To aid diverse suppliers in the State Farm purchasing process, the Supplier Diversity Team strives to accurately match vendors with the appropriate procurement specialist. Once a match has been established you will be contacted by the appropriate procurement specialist.



If you have any additional questions, please contact:

State Farm Insurance Companies
One State Farm Plaza
Attn: Supplier Diversity Manager
Bloomington, IL 61710
(309) 766-2342