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Supplier Diversity

At Medtronic, we strive for a diverse base of high-quality suppliers, which strengthens our ability to fulfill our Mission — to alleviate pain, restore health, and extend lives.

Medtronic CEO Omar Ishrak

“A diverse supply chain — focused on the highest standards of quality — benefits our communities and the diverse patients and physicians we serve. We also gain a competitive advantage through the innovation and flexibility of a diverse supplier base.”

Omar Ishrak
Medtronic Chairman and CEO

Our U.S. Supplier Diversity program encompasses the following classifications:

Small Business (SB)

A firm, including its affiliates, which is independently owned and operated, is not dominant in its field of operation, and qualifies as a small business under the criteria and size standards in 13 CFR part 121 (see FAR 19.102). A table of small business size standards can be found on the SBA website. To be recognized by Medtronic as a SB, a company must meet the size requirements listed on the SBA website and be certified and registered as such in the System for Award Management (SAM) website

Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB)

A small business concern that is at least 51% owned and controlled by one or more individuals who are both socially and economically disadvantaged; for a publicly owned business, at least 51% of its stock must be owned by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individuals, and must be controlled by one or more such individuals. African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Pacific Americans, Subcontinent Asian Americans, and Native Americans are presumed to qualify. All individuals must have a net worth of less than $750,000, excluding the equity of the business and primary residence. To be recognized by Medtronic as a SDB, a company must be certified and registered as such in the System for Award Management (SAM) website.

NOTE: The 8(a) Business Development Program is a nine-year business development program for socially and economically disadvantaged concerns. 8(a) contractors are certified as SDB for federal contracting purposes, and are listed in Small Business Administration’s (SBA) on-line directory. 8(a) program graduates maintain SDB certification status three years from last SBA review.

Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB)

A small business concern that is at least 51% owned and controlled by one or more women. To be recognized by Medtronic as a WOSB, a company must be certified and registered as such in the System for Award Management (SAM) website. For additional information on the WOSB program, visit the SBA website.

Historically Underutilized Business Zone Small Business (HUBZone)

This classification is administered by the US Small Business Administration (SBA). It was created to stimulate economic development and create jobs in urban and rural communities. HUBZone-certified small businesses receive federal-contracting preferences. The SBA certifies HUBZone status to eligible businesses. To be recognized by Medtronic as a HUBZone, a company must be actively certified and registered as such in the System for Award Management (SAM) website.

Additional HUBZone program information can be found on the HUBZone website.

Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB)

A small business concern that is at least 51% owned and controlled by a veteran or group of veterans. The Department of Veteran Affairs’ (VA) Center for Veteran’s Enterprise (CVE) verifies VOSB status to eligible businesses. To be recognized by Medtronic as a VOSB, a company must be verified by the CVE and registered as such in the VETBIZ.gov Vendor Information Pages (VIP) database.

Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB)

A small business concern that is 51% owned and controlled by a service-disabled veteran(s). The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Center for Veteran’s Enterprise (CVE) verifies SDVOSB status to eligible businesses. To be recognized by Medtronic as a SDVOSB, a company must be verified by the CVE and registered as such in the VETBIZ.gov Vendor Information Pages (VIP) database.

Minority Business Enterprise (MBE)

A business that is at least 51% owned, controlled, and operated by a minority group with member(s) of one of the following ethnicities: African American, Asian-Indian American, Asian-Pacific American, Hispanic American, Native American. To be recognized by Medtronic as a MBE, a company must be actively certified by the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC).

Women Business Enterprise (WBE)

A business that is at least 51% owned, controlled, and operated by one or more women. To be recognized by Medtronic as a WBE, a company must be actively certified by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).

Last updated: 1 Feb 2013

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Medtronic Supplier Registration Portal (MSRP)

If you qualify for our Supplier Diversity program and have a D&B ® D-U-N-S® Number, you can register to be listed in the Medtronic Supplier Registration Portal (MSRP).

Upcoming Event

Event Announcement

Medtronic welcomes members of the Midwest Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC) & the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) to our World Headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Nov. 15, 2013.

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