Diversity Commitment


The Indianapolis Public Library recognizes the value of diverse suppliers in driving innovation, creativity, and project results.

Diversity Commitment

Supplier Diversity Policy Statement

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The Library recognizes the value of diverse suppliers in driving innovation, creativity, and project results. The Library is committed to supporting and encouraging economic growth and business opportunities in Marion County by strengthening the Library's relationships with small business enterprises, and minority-owned, women-owned, disability-owned, and veteran-owned (XBE) business enterprises in the procurement of goods and supplies, professional services, and in the construction and renovation of facilities.

The Library’s goal is to support equity of opportunity and access to procurement opportunities for certified XBE businesses. All Library departments are expected to explore diverse sourcing opportunities and to identify and be inclusive of XBE businesses in the procurement of goods and supplies, professional services, and in the construction and renovation of facilities.

Policy approved by the Indianapolis Public Library Board 6.22.20

Definitions

For breakdowns and descriptions of how each group is defined, view the definitions below.

MINORITY BUSINESS ENTERPRISE (MBE):

Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) - means a business that meets each of the following criteria: a) Is an independent operating business; b) Is a sole proprietorship that is independently owned and controlled by an individual who is a minority group member; a joint venture that is at least 51% independently owned and controlled by minority group members; or a partnership, limited liability company or corporation that is at least 51% independently owned and controlled by minority group members; c) The minority owners have interest in capital and earnings commensurate with the minority group members' percentage of ownership; d) Has been in operation for at least two years before applying for certification; e) Has been at least 51% minority-owned for at least 2 years before applying for certification; f) Has an operating office and headquarter domiciled in the state of Indiana; and g) Performs a commercially useful function.

WOMEN BUSINESS ENTERPRISE (WBE):

Women Business Enterprise (WBE) - shall mean a business that meets each of the following criteria: a) Is an independent operating business; b) Is a sole proprietorship that is independently owned and controlled by a woman; a joint venture which is at least 51% independently owned and controlled by women; or a partnership, limited liability company or corporation that is at least 51% independently owned and controlled by women; c) The women owners have interest in capital and earnings commensurate with the women's percentage of ownership; d) Has been in operation for at least 2 years before applying for certification; e) Has been at least 51% women-owned for at least 2 years before applying for certification; f) Has an operating office located in the state of Indiana; and g) Performs a commercially useful function.

VETERAN BUSINESS ENTERPRISE (VBE):

Veteran Business Enterprise (VBE) - shall mean a business that meets each of the following criteria: a) Is an independent operating business; b) Is a sole proprietorship that is independently owned and controlled by an individual (or individuals) who is a veteran; a joint venture that is at least 51% independently owned and controlled by an individual who is a veteran; or a partnership, limited liability company or corporation that is at least 51% independently owned and controlled by an individual (or individuals) who is a veteran; a joint venture that is at least 51% independently owned and controlled by an individual who is a veteran; c) The owner, who is a veteran has interest in capital and earnings commensurate with the veteran's percentage of ownership; a joint venture that is at least 51% independently owned and controlled by an individual who is a veteran; d) Has been in operation for at least two years before applying for certification; e) Has been at least 51% minority-owned for at least 2 years before applying for certification; f) Has an operating office and headquarter domiciled in the state of Indiana; and g) Performs a commercially useful function.

DISABILITY-OWNED BUSINESS ENTERPRISE (DOBE):

Disabled-owned Business Enterprise (DOBE) - shall mean a business that meets each of the following criteria: a) Is an independent operating business; b) Is a sole proprietorship that is independently owned and controlled by an individual (or individuals) who has disabilities; a joint venture that is at least 51% independently owned and controlled by an individual who is disabled; or a partnership, limited liability company or corporation that is at least 51% independently owned and controlled by an individual (or individuals) who has disabilities; a joint venture that is at least 51% independently owned and controlled by an individual who is disabled; c) The owners with disabilities have interest in capital and earnings commensurate with the individual (or individuals) who has disabilities percentage of ownership;; a joint venture that is at least 51% independently owned and controlled by an individual who is disabled; d) Has been in operation for at least two years before applying for certification; Has been at least 51% minority-owned for at least 2 years before applying for certification; f) Has an operating office and headquarter domiciled in the state of Indiana; and g) Performs a commercially useful function.

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