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Resilient and sustainable operations

Supplier diversity


Our commitment to engaging diverse suppliers supports a resilient supply chain by expanding our footprint, driving greater innovation, and further stimulating the economy.

We champion the success of small-, minority-, women-, disabled-, veteran-, and LGBTQ+-owned businesses as they play a critical role in the economy and are the source of many innovations that make us a leader in healthcare distribution and related services.

We continue to make significant progress against our strategic goals to expand and increase the inclusion of diverse suppliers across our enterprise.

In FY22, our supplier diversity efforts focused on further supporting our customers’ diverse supplier initiatives, building awareness of the importance of AmerisourceBergen’s supplier diversity program, and continuing our investments in minority-owned enterprises.


FY22 program highlights

  • Launched economic impact study to understand the direct, indirect, and community impacts of AmerisourceBergen’s $1.8B spend with diverse suppliers; highlights include 11,229 jobs supported within our supply chain and in the suppliers’ communities, $707M in cumulative wages earned by employees in jobs supported by our diverse supplier spend, and $2.9B in cumulative revenues earned among all businesses impacted by our supplier diversity program
  • Piloted our AmerisourceBergen Marketplace to connect verified manufacturers — 30% of which are diverse — with our independent pharmacy customers to help them secure inventory and community needs through diverse solutions
  • Partnered with Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on a Pharmaceutical Marketing Capstone course to offer pro bono marketing services to small, local diverse businesses
  • Built strategic and transactional connections with minority-owned banks and investment firms including funding Liberty Bank and OneUnited Bank each with $25M through JPMorgan’s Asset Management’s Institutional Money Market Funds Empower class
  • Launched contest for AmerisourceBergen sales trainees to propose solutions targeting Gen Z to promote the importance of supplier diversity; top ideas included TikTok and LinkedIn campaigns, as well as podcasts
  • Launched and updated an external Supplier Diversity web page to enable diverse suppliers to register to participate in AmerisourceBergen’s program
  • Held our first Supplier Diversity Summit in November 2022 to virtually bring together current and prospective diverse suppliers; AmerisourceBergen leaders shared information about the supplier diversity program, opportunities within our enterprise, and how their respective departments support the supplier diversity program 

By supporting diverse businesses for our sourcing needs, we can make a bigger impact on underserved communities and further address healthy inequities. 

"We listened to OneUnited Bank’s leadership and were inspired as they shared their rich history of improving neighborhoods and supporting Black-owned businesses by channeling resources back into the community. Their focus on offering affordable financial services for all, treating all customers with respect and dignity regardless of financial means, and their passion for making financial literacy a core value in the Black community to close the racial wealth gap resonated with AmerisourceBergen’s drive to advance equity and inclusivity throughout the communities we serve. We knew this was a special partnership and the right investment for us to make.”

 - Jim Rizol, Vice President & Treasurer, AmerisourceBergen 

CEO statement on supplier diversity

"We are committed to developing and procuring products and services from minority-, women-, veteran-, LGBTQ-, and disabled-owned businesses as they are the foundation of a competitive economy and a source of business innovations that support AmerisourceBergen’s leadership in healthcare distribution and related services. We do this by promoting viable opportunities for diverse businesses within our local communities. This important work is guided by our purpose of being united in our responsibility to create healthier futures."

- Steve Collis, Chairman, President and CEO
Activities and resources provided in conjunction with or by AmerisourceBergen through participation in this program are merely intended to encourage diversity within the pool of supplier networks. Program activities and resources are not provided to establish formal business relationships between AB and participants. Program participation – including implementation of any suggestions and/or use of any resources – does not guarantee an offer to participants of immediate or future business relationships.