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We are committed to developing mutually beneficial and successful partnerships with suppliers that offer quality products and services, excellent customer service and competitive costs.

Supplier Diversity and Registration

  • Supplier Diversity
  • Our Expectation
  • What We Purchase
  • Supplier Registration

Supplier Diversity

Our Commitment to Diversity

Northwestern Mutual firmly believes that developing talented, diverse, and sustainable supplier relationships is critical to the success of our vision and mission.


At Northwestern Mutual, we aspire to reflect the diversity of the marketplace we serve in all aspects of our supplier relationships.


The mission of the Supplier Diversity program at Northwestern Mutual is to develop mutually beneficial relationships with historically underrepresented businesses in order to strengthen our overall supply base, provide the best value to our policyowners, and create lasting impacts in our communities.

Is your company a diverse business enterprise?

Northwestern Mutual recognizes the following diverse supplier categories:

  1. Small Business Enterprises as certified by the City of Milwaukee Office of Small Business Development
  2. Companies that are owned exclusively by U.S. citizens, are at least 51 percent owned, controlled and managed by one or more of the below categories and are located in the U.S., its territories or possessions:
    • Minority Owned*
    • Women Owned
    • Disabled Owned
    • Veteran Owned
    • LGBT Owned

Certifying organizations** include, but are not limited to:

If you are interested in becoming a Northwestern Mutual supplier, register your business. We will contact qualified suppliers as opportunities arise.

*Minorities are defined as Americans of African, Hispanic, Asian, or Pacific Island origins, as well as Native Americans and Alaskan natives.

**Certifications are not to be considered as a guarantee of conducting business with Northwestern Mutual.

Our Expectation

Northwestern Mutual is committed to being a premier company in the financial services and insurance industry. We seek suppliers who can enhance our overall capabilities by:

  • Offering ideas or alternatives that will ultimately lower our costs
  • Developing new and improved products
  • Providing competitive pricing and services

To be considered as a potential supplier to Northwestern Mutual, register your business here.

What We Purchase

What follows is a list of products and services we typically purchase from suppliers. This list will change periodically, so check back to view the latest. And in the meantime, if you're interested in becoming a Northwestern Mutual supplier, register your business.

  • Awards, Plaques, Engraving
  • Computer Hardware & Supplies
  • Envelopes, Stationary
  • Office Furniture
  • Printed Materials
  • Software Sales & Support
  • Catering
  • Consulting Services
  • MRO Supplies
  • Office Supplies
  • Restaurant Supplies

Supplier Registration

The first step toward becoming a Northwestern Mutual supplier is to register your business. Registration is a free, quick and easy process through an online tool we utilize called Ariba Discovery ™.  By registering your business with Ariba Discovery, your information may be visible not only to Northwestern Mutual, but to thousands of other potential customers including many in the Fortune 2000. 

Please note that becoming a registered supplier does not guarantee that your business will receive a request-to-bid or a contract with Northwestern Mutual.

Register using Ariba Discovery now.

Once registered, Northwestern Mutual may contact you when sourcing opportunities arise that meet your qualifications.

Already an approved supplier? Update your profile here.

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