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Supplier Inclusion and Development

MetLife's Supplier Inclusion and Development team has a simple goal: to implement and cultivate a world-class diverse supplier development program that promotes the inclusion of qualified diverse suppliers in the strategic sourcing process. This award-winning program is a competitive advantage that truly incorporates changing demographics in the procurement process and our actions to assist our customers in meeting their own supplier diversity requirements.

MetLife stands behind our "Rule of One", the inclusion of at least one diverse supplier in every sourcing event, which is tied to sourcing associates' performance and annual incentive. That directive ensures that diverse suppliers have a solid, fair opportunity. As a result, supplier inclusion and development is embedded in the DNA of our procurement processes; it's the way we do business.

Our criteria are simple. A diverse supplier is defined as a business that is at least 51% owned, operated and financially controlled by one or more of the following:

  • Ethnic Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) certified by NMSDC
  • Women Business Enterprises (WBEs) certified by WBENC
  • Veteran and Service-Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (SDVBE) certified by NVBDC
  • Disability-Owned Business Enterprise (DOBE) certified by Disability:IN
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender Business Enterprise (LGBT) certified by NGLCC
  • Additionally we work with small businesses as defined by the federal government to meet the needs of our government clients

How to Register with MetLife
We are committed to providing opportunities to suppliers who are certified by one of the organizations listed above. In order to validate certification, a copy of your certification will need to be submitted when registering in our supplier database. Please note that registration is not a guarantee for business and contracts are not awarded based on diverse certification status. Register now through our diverse supplier portal.

Have Questions? 
Please contact us; we'd like to learn more about your company.

Connect with MetLife Supplier Inclusion and Development 
We attend the following conferences and events held throughout the year:

Month Event
March RES Native American Economic Summit
March WBENC Summit & Salute
March WeConnect International Symposium
May ISM Annual Conference
May NMSDC Leadership Awards
June NY/NJ MSDC Business Opportunity Expo
June WBENC National Conference and Business Fair
July NGLCC National Conference
August Disability:IN Annual Conference
September MSDUK Bi-Annual Conference
October NMSDC National Conference and Business Fair
November NY/NJ MSDC Partnership Awards Gala
November NGLCC National Dinner