Public Sector

Supplier Diversity

Plantronics' corporate philosophy is defined by its commitment to environmental, social, and corporate responsibility. These values are embedded in our culture and reflect the way we conduct business.

In support of our corporate philosophy, Plantronics is committed to ensuring that U.S. certified small, minority, women-owned, disabled veteran-owned, veteran-owned and HUBZone-owned small businesses participate in the many opportunities to provide products and services. Our supplier diversity process is designed and managed in a way to allow diverse suppliers access to these opportunities.

Supplier diversity is a business imperative that is emphasized by the highest levels of management and is communicated to all associates. Plantronics understands that a strong commitment to supplier diversity supports our customer's goals and enhances the economic base in the communities in which we operate.

An inclusive supplier base brings a diversity of ideas, approaches, talent, and change to our supply chain. We are continually looking to service our customers with innovative products and services and we recognize the significant role that diverse suppliers play in achieving these goals.

Become a Supplier

A Plantronics supplier must have demonstrated superior quality, performance and on time delivery of products & services. In evaluating your capabilities Plantronics considers such factors as:

  • Business requirements and current opportunities
  • Personnel experience and capabilities
  • ISO Compliance & Quality Assurance
  • Project Cost & Schedule Management
  • Demonstrated Past Performance

If desired, e-mail a brief statement of interest and a statement of capabilities to diversity@plantronics.com

Resources

Below are the certifications accepted by Plantronics:

  • Small Business (SB): A business concern, together with its affiliates, that is independently owned and operated and which is not dominant in its field of operation in which it is bidding on government contracts. The SBA determines small business size standards on an industry by industry basis. This is reflected in the table of size standards that are matched to the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) industries. The table of size standards can be found on the Small Business Administration (SBA) website. This is a self-certifying designation as no formal certification exists for this classification.
  • Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB): A small business that is at least 51 percent owned and controlled (management and daily operations) by one or more veterans. This is a self-certifying designation as no formal certification exists for this classification.
  • Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB): A small business that is at least 51 percent owned and controlled (management and daily operations) by one or more service-disabled veterans. Service-disabled veteran means a veteran with a disability that is service-connected. This is a self-certifying designation as no formal certification exists for this classification.
  • HUBZone Small Business (HZ): A small business owned and controlled by a U.S. Citizen(s) with a principal office located in a HUBZone (Historically Underutilized Business Zones) as determined by the U.S. Census. 35% of its employees must also reside in a HUBZone. The HUBZone Program stimulates economic development and creates jobs in urban and rural communities by providing Federal contracting preferences to small businesses. Certifying agency is the Small Business Administration (SBA)
  • Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB): A small business that is at least 51% owned and controlled (management and daily operations) by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals of U.S. citizenship. The personal net worth of the individual disadvantaged owners may not exceed $750,000, or $250,000 for the SDB/8(a) program in order to meet the "economically disadvantaged" criteria. "Socially disadvantaged" individuals are those who have been subjected to racial or ethnic prejudice or cultural bias because of their identity as members of a group. Members of designated minority groups (Black Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Asian Pacific Americans including Subcontinent Asian Americans) are presumed to be socially disadvantaged; however Caucasian women may also qualify if they can demonstrate discrimination through "preponderance of evidence". Certifying agency is the Small Business Administration (SBA)
  • Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB): A small business which is at least 51 percent owned and controlled (management and daily operations) by one or more women. This is a self-certifying designation as no formal certification exists for this classification.
  • Women Business Enterprise (WBE): A business which is at least 51 percent owned and controlled (management and daily operations) by one or more women of either U.S. citizenship or U.S. Legal Resident Alien status. Certifying agency is the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
  • Minority Business Enterprise (MBE): A business that is at least 51% owned and controlled (management and daily operations) by one or more U.S. citizens of the following minority groups: Black, Hispanic, Native American, Asian Pacific, or Asian Indian. Certifying agency is one of the regional councils of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC)
  • Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE): A small business which is at least 51 percent owned and operated by a service veteran with a service-related disability, of at least 10 percent and who is a resident of California. Certifying agency is the State of California (DGS)

All small business firms are encouraged to register on the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) website. This database is primarily used by the U.S. Federal Government and government primes to source for firms across all small business categories (SB, WOSB, SDB, HUBZone, VOSB and SDVOSB). Registration is free.

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