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What is the DHL Express Supplier Diversity Program?

As part of our overall commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, DHL works hard to ensure that our supplier base reflects the wide-ranging make-up of our customers.

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Learn how you can help your company stand out from the rest – by becoming part of the DHL Express Supplier Diversity Program.

DHL Express parent company Deutsche Post DHL Group (DPDHL) is the world's leading logistics company, with a presence in more than 220 countries and territories. Our organization takes great pride in the fact that both our workforce and supply base each consist of top performers from all walks of life. It’s all part of the DHL culture of Respect and Results that helps us connect people and markets as we help drive global trade.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are a key part of our strategy, as they are essential to the strength of our business and the vitality of the communities we serve.  A diversified pool of suppliers can offer more innovative and agile procurement solutions, generating value for our company and our customers, while at the same time strengthening our supply chain.

As a responsible corporate citizen, DHL Express remains committed to doing the right thing by promoting greater diversity and inclusion in all areas, from supply chain to workforce to investment. In this way, we help create shared value by generating wealth and employment for underrepresented groups throughout the regions in which we operate. And we rely on the contributions of businesses owned by individuals of varied backgrounds to help us deliver the best product, with the greatest value, to an increasingly diverse marketplace.

  • Your certification with the applicable agency/council will help DHL Express meet the goals of many of our major customers, who also require documentation of diversity.

    Getting certified offers several value-added benefits, such as:

    • Connecting with a network of thousands of Corporate Members and other diverse enterprises, as well as federal, state and local government entities
    • Access to networking events and programs, procurement opportunities, mentoring, executive education, capacity development programs and other business tools and resources that are offered 
    • High return on investment, in addition to increased competition, which cultivates the innovation of new and improved products and services
  • To become certified, an organization must be at least 51% owned and operated by an individual or group that is part of a traditionally underrepresented or underserved group, including:

    • Minority-Owned Business Enterprises (MBE)
    • Women-Owned Business Enterprises (WBE)
    • Veteran-Owned Businesses
    • Small Businesses
    • Small Disadvantaged Businesses
    • HUB Zone

Find Information on Becoming a Certified Diverse Supplier

Depending on which diversity classification your organization falls under, there are organizations that can provide information and guidance to help you earn certification:

How to Sign Up for the DHL Express Supplier Diversity Program

If you are interested in joining, simply follow these two steps to begin the process:

  1. Get certified as a Certified Diverse Business
  2. Register on the DPDHL Procurement Sourcing Platform
  3. Agree to our DPDHL Supplier Code of Conduct

It is critical that you are thorough in completing the registration as your opportunity to differentiate your company from others depends on the quality of your application. You will be able to upload your certifications and any other relevant attachments you would like us to review.

The DHL Express Supplier Diversity Program requires diverse businesses to present proof of third-party certification.


FAQs – Program

  • Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) are an essential part of the way DHL Express does business. We believe that by having a diverse supplier base which represents the communities we serve, we can support and strengthen our teams, our communities, and our business. 

    And we rely on the expertise of these partners to help us deliver the best product, with the greatest value, to a marketplace that is also increasingly diverse. 

    After all, research has shown that an increased investment in diverse suppliers increases opportunity for all, cultivating the innovation of new and improved products and services.

  • A diverse supplier is a business that is at least 51% owned and operated by an individual or group that is part of a traditionally underrepresented or underserved group.

  • Minority Business Enterprises (MBE's) - Include businesses that are certified by an approved agency to be at least 51% owned, operated and controlled by a minority individual or group. In the case of publicly held businesses, at least 51% of the stock must be owned by a minority or minority group members. Minorities include persons of color who are Asian/-Pacific Islander Americans, Sub-Continent Asian Americans, Black/African Americans, Hispanic/Latinx Americans and Native/Indigenous Americans. Foreign-owned firms operating in the U.S. are not included in these categories.

    Women Business Enterprises (WBE's) - Include businesses that are certified by an approved agency to be at least 51% owned, operated and controlled by a non-minority woman or group of non-minority women who are U.S. citizens. In the case of publicly held businesses, at least 51%of the stock must be owned by a woman or women. 

    Veteran Owned Business - Include businesses that are certified by an approved agency to be at least 51% owned, operated and controlled by a veteran or veterans who are U.S. citizens. In the case of a publicly held business, at least 51% of the stock must be owned by a veteran or veterans. Also acceptable are veteran discharge papers.

    It is critical that you are thorough in completing the registration in the Supplier Registration Portal.  Your opportunity to differentiate your company from others depends on the quality of your application. You will be able to upload your certifications and any other attachments you would like the buyer to review.

    DHL Express' Supplier Diversity Program requires diverse businesses present proof of third-party certification.

  • We at DHL Express, promote diversity growth in our supplier base by doing the following:

    • Working with Sourcing Managers/Buyers to identify upcoming procurement opportunities
    • Identifying certified diverse suppliers that have the capability to compete for our business, to participate in upcoming procurement opportunities
    • Screening identified certified diverse suppliers to determine if a match exists between suppliers' capabilities and business requirements
  • No, our team cannot share that information unless authorized. We recommend that you register on our platform to begin your relationship with DHL Express.

  • We encourage all diverse suppliers who want to work with us to register in our Supplier Registration Portal. As strategies often change, we do not share upcoming sourcing opportunities. Upon registering, we will use your information for reference when opportunities become available.

  • Once you have completed the registration on the Supplier Registration Portal, you will receive an email confirmation acknowledging that your information has been added to the system and that your account has been activated. You can then proceed and define a password to access the system to manage your profile.

    However, registering will not guarantee business and/or contract with DHL Express. We will keep your information in the database in order to contact you when opportunities become available in your category. If your company has not been contacted for a potential procurement opportunity, either the opportunity has not yet occurred, we do not have a need for the product/service your company provides, or a match between your company's product/service and our procurement needs has not been identified.

  • We're committed to inclusion of diverse businesses. Your chances of being awarded business depends on your company's offerings and how it aligns to our business needs and opportunities. There is no guarantee of business, and business is only awarded after a thorough vetting process with the Procurement Team and the decision maker.

  • DHL Express' Supplier Diversity team does not have a say in purchasing decisions, but does help provide those decision-makers with information and insight.

  • While we don't have overall requirements, your company will have to have the scale to fulfill the product or category for our organization.

    • Aviation - Ground Handling Service Cars & Vans
    • Cloud
    • Corporate Wear
    • Digital Services & New Technologies
    • Facility Management
    • Financial Services & Insurance
    • Fleet Goods & Services
    • Heavy Vehicles
    • Human Resources Services
    • IT Consulting
    • IT Hardware
    • IT Software
    • Management Consulting & Professional Services
    • Marketing & Media
    • Office Supplies
    • Output Based Services
    • Packaging
    • Print
    • Security Systems & Services
    • Sorting & Conveying Equipment
    • Temporary Labor
    • Transportation
    • Travel & Entertainment
    • Utilities
    • Warehouse & Logistics Equipment 
  • With our Supplier Code of Conduct (SCoC) we ensure that our suppliers and other third parties are committed to our high ethical and ecological standards and take their responsibility towards employees, society and the environment seriously. The SCoC also encourages our suppliers to ask their subcontractors to adhere to our standards as well. Deutsche Post DHL Group | Supplier Code of Conduct (dpdhl.com)

  • Email SupplierDiversity@dhl.com Our team monitors that inbox and will respond to you as soon as we are able.

FAQs – Certification

  • Certification is a process managed by a third party to determine that a business is diverse. Certifying agencies administer a vetting process to ensure that the business is compliant in terms of their diversity requirements and update member corporations about the status of a company should their diversity standing change. You can contact any of the following national certifying agencies, their regional affiliates or the appropriate state or local government entities for certification in your applicable category:

    • National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) visit www.nmsdc.org for more information on certification
    • Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) visit www.wbenc.org for more information on certification
    • U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) visit https://www.sba.gov/ for more information
    • National Veteran Owned Business Association (NAVOBA) visit www.navoba.org or National Veteran Business Development Council (NVBDC) https://nvbdc.org/ for more information on certification
    • Approved State, City, Local Government Municipalities

FAQs – Registration

  • There is no registration fee associated with registering on the Supplier Registration Portal; though there are some variable costs associated with certification.

    1. Tax ID number
    2. DUNs (Dun and Bradstreet)
    3. NAICS code
    4. Financial data
    5. Number of employees
    6. Company ownership information 
    7. Diverse Supplier Certification (s)
    8. Capability Statement
  • There are few mandatory questions that need to be answered to complete your registration process. If you do not have the required information readily available, you can complete the registration at a later time. For that please click on "Send Initial Password/Forgot Password" at the Registration Portal entry page to define your password to enter the system and complete missing information. Otherwise your registration will not be activated.

  • Our process is designed in the most efficient way for supplier information to be reviewed by our buyers. If, during any step of the process, you experience technical problems or have questions, email GoSource@dpdhl.com

  • If your status has changed, you should update your profile on the Supplier Registration Portal as soon as possible. The change will not affect our supplier relationship, but it does impact our ability to keep information on diverse suppliers up to date.

  • After a company is registered in the Supplier Registration Portal, DHL Express team can review information and determine opportunities. 

    Completing the registration process does not guarantee that your company will receive a request to bid and/or a contract from DHL Express, nor does it imply that your company has any type of procurement relationship with DHL Express, either now or in the future.

    Registering provides us with your company's vital information so that we can match your company to potential opportunities. You will be contacted if an opportunity becomes available that matches your company's product and/or service offering.