We are committed to developing mutually beneficial and successful partnerships with suppliers. We aim to enhance the procurement process by developing strong business relationships with a talented group of suppliers that offer quality products and services, excellent customer service and competitive costs.
Northwestern Mutual has created this page as a tool for both prospective and long-term suppliers. You now have the ability to register online, learn about Supplier Diversity and much more.
Supplier Diversity and Registration
- Supplier Diversity
- Our Expectation
- What We Purchase
- Supplier Registration
Northwestern Mutual supports the economic development of diverse enterprises. Our commitment to reach out to the community is an integral part of our daily operations.
Northwestern Mutual's Supplier Diversity program offers opportunities for diverse enterprises to compete on an equal basis with other suppliers. The key to a successful partnership with our company is to provide quality products and services at the lowest cost of ownership overall; thus maximizing the value to our policyowners. Our sourcing events contribute to a diverse supplier base that foster competition and generate additional purchasing power in our local community.
If you are a certified diverse business enterprise (see qualifications and definitions that follow) and are interested in supplying goods or services to Northwestern Mutual we invite you to register your business through our online third party service.
Certification is required through one of the following organizations:
- National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC)
- National Women Business Owners Corporation (NWBOC)
- Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
- Small Business Administration/Federal Government Agency
- State and local governmental certifying agencies
Minorities are defined as Americans of African, Hispanic, Asian, or Pacific Island origins, as well as Native Americans and Alaskan natives. Other diverse businesses include SBA 8(a), DOT Disadvantaged, Disabled, Veteran, Service-Disabled Veteran, SBA Small Disadvantaged, SBA HUBZone, and Historically Black Colleges/Universities and Minority Institutions (hereinafter referred to as MWDBEs). A company must be at least 51 percent owned, controlled and managed by one or more minority group member or women. Companies must be located in the U.S., its territories or possessions, and the owners must be U.S. citizens.
If you are interested in becoming a Northwestern Mutual supplier, review the supplier registration information and register as a potential supplier. We will contact qualified suppliers as opportunities arise.
Note that certifications are not to be considered as a guarantee of conducting business with Northwestern Mutual.
Providing there is no sacrifice in quality, service or price, preference is given to suppliers who can enhance Northwestern
Mutual's commitment to be the premier company in the financial services and insurance industry. We seek suppliers with the following capabilities:
- Suppliers who offer ideas or alternatives that will ultimately lower our costs.
- Suppliers who are developing new and improved products.
- Suppliers who provide continuing competitive price and service.
Supplier selection is based on several factors, including pricing, delivery capabilities, service, innovation, etc. Review the supplier registration tab for more information and register as a potential supplier.
What We Purchase
Some of the goods and services we buy (this list is not all-inclusive, but rather indicative of the majority of our purchases):
- Awards, Plaques, Engraving
- Computer Hardware & Supplies
- Envelopes, Stationary
- Office Furniture
- Printed Materials
- Software Sales & Support
- Consulting Services
- MRO Supplies
- Office Supplies
- Restaurant Supplies
If you are interested in becoming a Northwestern Mutual supplier, review the supplier registration tab for information and register as a potential supplier. We will contact qualified suppliers as opportunities arise.
Northwestern Mutual utilizes Ariba Discovery™ in our sourcing process for identifying potential suppliers to provide goods and services to meet our business needs. Suppliers interested in being considered to provide goods and services to Northwestern Mutual must first register in Ariba Discovery™. Registration is free, quick and easy. By registering, your business will be visible to Northwestern Mutual and thousands of other potential customers including many in the Fortune 2000.
Northwestern Mutual will contact you when sourcing opportunities are available for the commodity areas you have selected in your company profile. 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.
Already an approved supplier? Visit our sourcing site to update your profile.
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