Supplier Diversity and Small Business
PG&E is committed to a diverse supply chain. We work with many small businesses and business enterprises owned by women, minority, disabled veteran, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals, persons with disabilities and certified Small Business Act Section 8(a) firms. In fact, since 2012, more than 38 percent of our annual procurement spend has been with certified diverse businesses.
PG&E has had a formal supplier diversity program in place since 1981. We're extremely proud of our success in this area and look forward to sustaining our commitments to supplier diversity, innovation and excellence for many years to come. Read our Supplier Diversity Economic Impact Report (PDF, 5.2 MB) to learn about our program’s economic impact.
Our program's success is a collaborative effort. We engage coworkers across our company to drive supplier diversity goal achievement. We encourage suppliers throughout our supply chain to commit to inclusivity. We partner with local and national external community-based organizations to champion supplier diversity excellence.
California's regulated utilities are required to have a supplier diversity program and report program results to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) annually, in accordance with General Order 156. We offer a variety of initiatives to support current and prospective suppliers, including technical assistance and development through our Technical Assistance Program.
Direct suppliers are companies that have a contract or purchase agreement to provide goods or services directly to PG&E. Prime suppliers are direct suppliers that hire other companies as subcontractors to help execute the contracted work. PG&E offers support to prime suppliers so they may develop a supplier diversity program of their own.
If you are a small or diverse business enterprise and want to work with PG&E, join us at one of the many outreach events we attend or host throughout the year. Determine if your capabilities and qualifications are a match with our current needs. After that, you may want to certify as a diverse business should you qualify. Lastly, register and create a PG&E supplier profile and find out about current bid opportunities.
Certify as a diverse business
The CPUC Supplier Clearinghouse certifies businesses owned by minorities, women, disabled veterans, LGBT, persons with disabilities and certified Small Business Act Section 8(a) firms. Learn more about General Order 156 (PDF, 224 KB).
You may apply online to certify your business at the CPUC Supplier Clearinghouse.
Disabled veteran business enterprises (DVBE) must obtain certification from the California Department of General Services (CA DGS).
You may find value in certifying with diverse business organizations. These organizations may be of interest:
- National LGBT Chamber of Commerce
- National Minority Supplier Development Council
- Women’s Business Enterprise National Council
We also encourage you to seek out other Community Based Organizations that can support your business including local Chambers of Commerce.
Create a supplier profile
Create your supplier profile with PG&E. Then visit the current bid opportunities page to see if there are opportunities that might be a good fit.
Current and prospective suppliers working together
PG&E encourages its prime suppliers to identify cost-effective opportunities to work with diverse suppliers as subcontractors, value-added resellers or business solution partners. Attending PG&E or other networking events is a good way to meet decision-makers. PG&E also conducts targeted business matchmaking events between its prime suppliers and the diverse business community.
Supplier Diversity prime supplier FAQ
Learn about reporting, setting diversity goals and more
Supporting small and diverse businesses
PG&E is committed to working with small and diverse businesses and providing them with the maximum practicable opportunity to participate in PG&E’s procurement opportunities. Below you’ll find information on small-business definitions and resources to help register as a small business.
Small business program management support letters
- Small Business Program CEO Support Letter (PDF, 157 KB) from Patti Poppe, CEO of PG&E Corporation
- Small Business Program Management Support Letter (PDF, 157 KB) from Brooke Reilly, Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer, Supply Chain
Register as a small business
Suppliers can register with the General Service Administration’s System for Award Management (SAM) and maintain that registration annually.
Who are small businesses?
The Small Business Administration (SBA) maintains a list of size standards per North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) code. The size standard is based on the number of employees or average annual receipts. Suppliers can learn more about the federal SBA small business requirements at Basic requirements (sba.gov).
In addition, this is how the SBA defines a U.S. small-business concern:
- Organized for profit
- Has a place of business in the U.S
- Operates primarily within the U.S. or makes a significant contribution to the U.S. economy through payment of taxes or use of American products, materials, or labor
- Is independently owned and operated
- Is not dominant in its field on a national basis
A small business may be registered with the SBA and in SAM as one or more of the following:
- Small Business (SB)
- Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB)
- Women-owned Small Business (WOSB)
- Economically Disadvantaged Women-owned Small Business (EDWOSB)
- Veteran-owned Small Business (VOSB)
- Service-disabled Veteran-owned Small Business (SDVOSB)
- Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone)
- Small Business Act Section 8(a)
If you are a small or diverse business enterprise and want to work with PG&E, join us at one of the many outreach events we attend or host throughout the year. Determine if your capabilities and qualifications match up with our needs. After that, you may want to register as a small business in SAM System for Award Management (SAM). Lastly, create a PG&E supplier registration profile and check out current bid opportunities.
Create a supplier profile
View our calendar of upcoming events in the community
CPUC Supplier Diversity ProgramLearn more
Supplier Diversity Annual ReportDownload the report (PDF, 1.1 MB)
Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability ReportLearn more
Supplier Diversity Economic Impact ReportDownload the report (PDF, 5.2 MB)
Find resources and information to support supplier diversity, sustainability and more.