Are you a certified diverse supplier? 

As a minority-owned business, and as a business that is interested in delivering the best, most diverse talent we possibly can, Scout cares a lot about diversity hiring. That’s why we’ve built parameters into our platform to account for diverse supplier certification. It’s a good thing, too, because it turns out our customers want to not only be able to track tier two diversity spend within Scout but also with their talent providers.

Nearly all Fortune 500s have quantifiable diverse supplier goals. And 53 percent of supplier diversity programs count small businesses, while 68 percent say they count tier two spend (i.e., suppliers of suppliers). In other words, this is important to employers from a bottom-line perspective.

Most companies with U.S. government contracts are required to hit certain diversity targets. This can include everything from ethnic-minority-owned, woman-owned, LGBT-owned, disadvantaged, HUBZone, veteran-owned, and service-disabled veteran-owned businesses. If you fall into one of these categories, be sure to get certified.

Certifications can help you to grow your business within the Scout platform and beyond. Many employers – including Scout clients – select suppliers on the basis of certification, so it’s important for you to get certified and keep those certifications up to date. Here are some resources to help you: 

National Supplier Development Council

U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

National Women’s Business Council

National LGBT Chamber of Commerce


At Scout, the thing we care about most is delivering the right person to the right job at the right time. Our business model – and the AI that powers it – is designed to identify the very best recruiters of specialty talent. And within that, we know the best mix of talent is a diverse mix of talent.

That’s why we’re as interested in seeing search firms get certified as diverse suppliers as the employers we work with are. If you have any questions about making that happen, feel free to reach out to your Scout point of contact. We’re here to help.

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