Environmental Social Governance

The Providence family of organizations strives to seek innovative ways to mitigate the effects of climate change and create Health for a Better World. We are committed to health equity, including social economic opportunities and environmental stewardship in the communities where we serve. Addressing root causes of health and economic disparities takes ongoing advocacy efforts with our supply chain, community business partners, elected and public officials at the local, state and federal levels.

Learn more about Providence’s Advocacy and Social Responsibility.

Diverse group of business men and womenProvidence is committed to providing opportunities to a diverse supplier population, including local and disadvantaged businesses; women-, veteran- and minority-owned businesses; LGBTQ+ businesses and small businesses located in historically underutilized business zones. (Recognized businesses must be at least 51% owned, operated and controlled by people who meet the forementioned categories.) Here at Providence, we advocate for the advancement and growth of diverse suppliers by integrating supplier diversity within our strategic sourcing and procurement processes. We participate in outreach programs to identify and support diverse supplier participation and third-party certification.

Providence encourages all diverse suppliers to obtain third-party certification as it can be a valuable tool for businesses seeking to differentiate themselves — suppliers may register with SupplierGateway's Enhanced Digital Certification program. Please visit SupplierGateway's credentialing portal to get started.

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Providence also recognizes and participates in the following organizations that provide diverse supplier certification, in addition to supplier advocacy, development and business growth opportunities:

National LGBT Chamber of Commerce Certification (NGLCC)
National Veterans Business Development Council Certification (NVBDC)
Small Business Administration Certification (SBA)
U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce (USPAACC)
Women’s Business Enterprise National Council Certification (WBENC)
Western Regional Minority Supplier Development Council Certification (WRMSDC)

Tier II program and reporting 

Diverse group of hands togetherProvidence seeks to amplify the positive impact of our supplier diversity program by encouraging our Principal/Prime suppliers to engage with diverse suppliers throughout their supply chain — often referred to as the Tier II Diverse Supplier program. The Tier II subcontracting program is a component of our supplier diversity, equity and inclusion (SDEI) strategy that ensures diverse businesses are afforded opportunities to do business with us as a subcontractor to our Principal/Prime suppliers. Prime suppliers are encouraged to adopt Providence’s commitment to SDEI and submit its Tier II diverse spend impact on a quarterly basis using Providence’s Tier II Diverse Spend Reporting Template.

If you are interested in participating in our Tier II Diverse Supplier program, please contact supplier.diversity@providence.org.

Contracting opportunities

Review the Supplier RFX Opportunities section of our business requirements if you are interested in viewing contracting opportunities.

Sustainable WorldAt Providence, we hold ourselves accountable to do the right things for the right reasons. Recognizing the link between environmental health and public health, we are committed to fiscally responsible environment protection practices to benefit the health and quality of life of our patients, caregivers and communities.

We evaluate our supply chain to identify opportunities where we have the greatest impact to reduce harmful chemicals, waste and greenhouse gas emissions. We consistently work with suppliers to manufacture products and equipment with consideration to:

  • Reduce wasteful packaging
  • Increase use of recycled materials in the manufacturing of purchased products
  • Use of energy-efficient equipment
  • Product’s ability to be re-processed and/or recycled
  • Use of reprocessed products
  • Toxicity and minimizing products containing lead, mercury, latex, polyvinyl chloride plastic (PVC) and di-ethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP), and fragrances
  • Participation in the EPA Smartway program

For 15 years, Providence ministries have been members of Practice Greenhealth – a national member organization dedicated to reducing the impact of health care organizations and hospitals on the environment. Multiple Providence ministries have been recognized with Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards. This success is dependent, in part, on supply chain relations and practices that identify, measure and reduce pollution and harm to the natural environment — our common home.

Learn more about Providence’s commitment to environmental transformation.

Contracting opportunities

Review the Supplier RFX Opportunities section of our business requirements if you are interested in viewing contracting opportunities.