Supplier Diversity

Purpose Of The Program

Supplier Diversity and supplier optimization are interchangeable terms at AEP. Optimal suppliers provide quality products, competitive pricing, and on-time delivery. They make better business partners because they engage in continuous quality and process improvement, and maintain a high degree of financial stability.

AEP Supplier Diversity is committed to finding optimal suppliers within the small and diverse business community. Supplier Diversity partners with AEP Procurement, Supplier Development and business unit partners to provide maximum practicable opportunities for small and diverse businesses to participate in the acquisition process.

A key factor in attaining and sustaining a competitive supply chain is a procurement environment that engages, enables and enriches suppliers through on-site process assessments by Supplier Development specialists. An on-site visit provides small and diverse suppliers the opportunity to learn about the material and services needs of AEP while providing AEP the opportunity to assess the capability and operational effectiveness of the suppliers.

By capitalizing on the agility, vitality, skills and entrepreneurial spirit of small and diverse businesses, AEP is creating a responsive, reliable and highly effective network of suppliers.

For new and existing suppliers, the registration process is the first step towards building a relationship with AEP. A properly completed supplier profile enables procurement specialists to become familiar with supplier products, services and capability. It allows accurate identification and classification of small and diverse businesses that have the capability to participate in procurement events- prior to the bid initiation.

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Registering as a supplier enables your company to be considered, but does not constitute an obligation on AEP’s part to purchase products or services from your company.

Additional Supplier Diversity Resources

AEP Supply Chain

AEP Supply Chain

AEP buys more than 9 million gallons of gasoline and diesel fuel each year, enough to fill 13 Olympic-sized swimming pools.