PNC’s Supplier Diversity Program seeks to develop relationships with business enterprises that are at least 51% owned, operated and controlled by minorities, women, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender, veterans, service disabled veterans, people with disabilities as well as small and disadvantaged business enterprises.
We want to work with more businesses like yours. As a program participant, you will:
PNC's Supplier Diversity Program relies on a tiered approach to make sure diverse suppliers have the maximum amount of opportunities when participating in the program. The concepts of “Tier 1”, “Tier 2” are widely known in the Supplier Diversity field. The “tier” is relative to the purchaser. PNC views a Tier 1 Supplier as a supplier that directly invoices PNC for goods and services rendered directly. Likewise, a Tier 2 supplier is a supplier that invoices the Tier 1 supplier for goods and services rendered.
"At PNC, we concentrate our efforts on the intentional inclusion of diverse-owned business enterprises within our supplier sourcing processes. Our supplier diversity program helps us to remain competitive in the marketplace.”
Maureen B. Seskey
Director, Supplier Diversity & Sourcing Operations
The Tier 1 supplier program enables PNC to work directly with diverse suppliers. When a sourcing opportunity arises, a PNC Sourcing Specialist will reach out to diverse suppliers that registered in our Supplier Diversity Portal and quailify for a particular RFI/RFP*. Diverse suppliers who are interested in pursuing the sourcing opportunity will participate in standard PNC RFI/RFP process.
If a contract is awarded to a diverse supplier, the supplier will start a Tier 1 supplier relationship with PNC. The amount of which PNC spends with this diverse supplier is called "Tier 1 diversity spend" and will be tracked and reported on a regular basis.
To be added in PNC Supplier Diversity Program and to understand more about processes and opportunities for diverse suppliers, read more about our Process for Diverse Suppliers.
* Request for Information (RFI) is a standard business process used to (1) gather data about a particular supply base, (2) validate requirements, (3) narrow the field of potential suppliers. They do not include a request for pricing, but it is acceptable to ask questions how products and services are priced. RFPs are used: (1) when you know what you want to purchase, (2) possess requirements and specifications, and (3) are prepared to award business to one or more of the participating and pre-qualified suppliers.
This program, which is also known as prime supplier program, is one of the most impactful efforts of PNC Supplier Diversity Program. PNC launched the Tier 2 program to increase opportunities for diverse businesses. Under this effort, PNC works with its non-diverse suppliers (or prime suppliers) to establish diverse spend goals and strategies when working with PNC.
By doing this, PNC encourages its prime suppliers to work with more diverse suppliers, either as subcontractors on contracts that PNC has with prime suppliers, or as suppliers providing products and services to prime suppliers.
In PNC perspective, spend that prime suppliers have with diverse suppliers is called Tier 2 diverse spend. PNC also tracks and reports on the Tier 2 diverse spend on regular basis.
Learn more about the Tier 2 Reporting Program and how prime suppliers can register and report on their diverse spend.
If you have any specific question about diversity certification, please use our Supplier Contact Form for clarification and direction.
It is important to note that registering with PNC's Supplier Diversity Program does not: