The Supplier Diversity Program was established in September, 2010 via Executive Order 524 pdf format of Executive Order 524 (Mass. Register # 1166)
to promote equality in the state contracting market by ensuring full participation of minority and women owned business enterprises (M/WBEs) in all areas of state contracting including construction, design, goods and services.

New SDP Policy Effective October 1, 2013

The Operational Services Division (OSD) is pleased to announce changes to the Supplier Diversity Program (SDP) policy for goods and services procurements, which will become effective October 1, 2013.  The goals of the changes are to:

  • streamline the bidding process by requiring selection of a Certified Partner only by those bidders that are awarded contracts,
  • simplify the evaluation processes by only requiring bidders to submit and procurement teams to evaluate a percentage of sales commitment,
  • expand eligible vendors in the Supplier Diversity Program Plan to include Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Enterprises,
  • eliminate the requirement for vendors to select a specific category in which SDP spend will occur,  and to
  • require submission of the SDP Plan Form identifying Certified Partner(s) after contract award.

For any questions on the Commonwealth's Supplier Diversity Program please contact our office.

Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Operational Services Division
Supplier Diversity Program
1 Ashburton Place Room 1313
Boston, MA 02108

Help Desk Email: sdp@state.ma.us

John Fitzpatrick Tel: 617-502-8851 john.b.fitzpatrick@state.ma.us

Supplier Diversity Program Objectives:

  • Assist in fostering relationships between M/WBEs and state agencies.
  • Enhance the utilization of M/WBEs within state contracting to facilitate their economic development.
  • Address obstacles to full participation of M/WBEs in the state procurement process in order to reflect the rich diversity of the citizens of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
  • Educate and empower M/WBEs to ensure their full involvement.
  • Provide outreach to local communities and businesses.
  • Publish the Supplier Diversity Program Annual Report, highlighting M/WBE participation.

Please share your notes, suggestions and success stories via email to sdp@osd.state.ma.us

Vendor Certification

Supplier Diversity Office (SDO) certification qualifies businesses to participate in the Supplier Diversity Program.

The Supplier Diversity Office (SDO) is an agency within the Operational Services Division which promotes the development of certified minority-owned (MBE), women-owned (WBE) and minority-women-owned (M/WBE) business enterprises, including minority-controlled (M/NPO), women-controlled (W/NPO) and minority-women-controlled (W/NPO) non-profit organizations. It does this by facilitating their participation in Massachusetts business and economic development opportunities. Specifically, SDO offers services in certification, enforcement, business assistance and advocacy.

Certification is the process by which SDO reviews and investigates applicants who seek to participate in affirmative business opportunities to determine that they meet the requirements of state and federal statutes and regulations. SDO certification is a marketing tool used to enhance a firm's ability to do business in public markets. Although certification does not guarantee that a business will be successful every time it bids, it may add a competitive edge to firms seeking contracts with the government.

Finally, SDO maintains a directory of certified minority- and women-owned business enterprises and certified minority- and women-controlled non-profit organizations on its website. The website also lists information on how to become certified and provides a calendar of workshops held around the state.