Diverse certification is when a diverse-owned organization employs a third party certification agency to validate their diversity category and ownership status.
Being certified as a diverse business is a best practice in the realm of supplier diversity, and is often required when participating in a corporate supplier diversity program.
The most common types of diverse certifications include:
woman-owned business enterprises, certified by WBENC;
minority-owned business enterprises, certified by NMSDC;
veteran-owned small businesses, verified by Veteran Affairs, certified by NVBDC or NaVOBA;
service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses verified by Veteran Affairs, certified by NVBDC or NaVOBA;
veteran-disability owned business enterprises verified by Veteran Affairs, certified by NVBDC or NaVOBA;
disability-owned business enterprises certified by Disability:IN;
LGTBQ-owned business enterprises, certified by NGLCC.
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