Supplier Diversity and Registration

Our Vision

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

Our Mission

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.


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

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.

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

The Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons

We made a commitment to the city of Milwaukee to contract with small business enterprises (including minority-owned, women-owned, physically disabled-owned, military veteran-owned) for at least 25% of the work on our The Tower and Commons structure. Learn more about our commitment to Milwaukee and SBE and RPP participation.

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

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 DiscoveryTM. 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.

Register using Ariba Discovery now