Supplier Diversity Vision:
Exceeding expectations, improving our communities, and celebrating diversity are all principles on which Starwood was built. We are continuously striving to show our commitment to these principles. One of these efforts is our Supplier Diversity Program aimed to maximize the contracting opportunities given to minority owned businesses. We recognize minority businesses are playing an ever-increasing positive role in the economy and communities in which we operate. By fostering lasting relationships with minority businesses, we strive to provide opportunities that are mutually beneficial to both parties.

Starwood Supplier Diversity Policy Statement:
Starwood is committed to providing economic opportunities for all members of the communities in which we operate. We believe that the development of a community's resources benefits our company and the entire community as well. We support and encourage the participation of all of our properties and corporate offices in seeking out and taking the steps necessary to assure Diverse Suppliers a fair share in the economic opportunities available.

Starwood's Supplier Diversity Program Allows:
increased competition and lower costs.
increased innovation and access to suppliers who might not otherwise have access to the buying arena.
support of the local community and economy by supporting suppliers from traditionally under-represented populations.
increased access to a broader population of guests and customers who themselves are part of diverse populations.
economic stimulus to the community as a result of increased business with a wider range of diverse suppliers.
greater brand market value and stronger relationships with customers, partners, communities and shareholders who serve diverse populations.
Starwood to demonstrate our commitment to diverse business enterprises and allows us to pass the benefits of these relationships on to our shareholders, customers, partners, communities, guests and associates who also value diversity as a business imperative.

Starwood's Supplier Diversity Definition. Starwood recognizes diverse vendors as being those that are certified to be 51% or more owned, managed, and controlled by one or more members of the following groups:
African American
Asian Indian American
Asian/Pacific-Islander American
Hispanic-American
Native-American
Person with Disability
US Veteran
US Veteran- Disabled
Women

Starwood also recognizes vendors that fall under the following classifications:

Small Disadvantaged Business
Firms the Small Business Administration certifies as socially and economically disadvantaged.

HUBZone Small Business
Firms located in high unemployment areas the Small Business Administration has designated.

Procurement Requirements:
To provide quality goods and services at fair market pricing
An established channel of distribution with a consistent track record
The desire to exceed partnership expectations
The ability to work collaboratively on world class branding initiative
An outstanding industry reputation, hospitality references a plus

Frequently Contracted Products
Outsourced Laundry
Building Repair
Contract Services
Contracted Temporary Labor
Uniforms
Food
Internal Laundry Expense, inc. Professional Cleaning
Linen
Valet
Print & Stationery
Maintenance Contracting
Grounds and Landscaping

Starwood's Supplier Diversity Program

To register as a certified supplier, click here.

Certification Resources
If your company is not certified, below is a list of certifying organizations.
National Minority Supplier Development Council
http://www.nmsdcus.org/MBEs/toolkit_certification.html
Women's Enterprise Business Council
http://www.wbenc.org/certification/
Small Business Administration: Small Disadvantaged Business Certification
http://www.sba.gov/
Small Business Administration: HubZone Certification
http://www.sba.gov/hubzone/
US Pan Asian Chamber of Commerce
http://www.uspaacc.com/web/certification_process.htm

If you have additional questions, please e-mail us at Starwood.SupplierDiversityProgram@starwoodhotels.com. A member of the Starwood Team will be happy to follow-up with you.