Supplier Diversity Program

Businesses looking to work with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) can use this page to learn about our commitment to supplier diversity, connect with us and access local resources.

Our vision

Our Supplier Diversity Program aims to build a registry of suppliers that mirrors the diversity of our employees, patient families and the communities we serve and support.

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Connect with us

If you are a local, regional or diverse supplier and are interested in doing business with us, we invite you to complete our online supplier application.

If you are a local and diverse business, interested in testing a new market, amplify awareness about your business, increase revenue, and network with friends and family, vendors and staff, we invite you to complete our Pop Up Shop Application.

If you a local and diverse vendor interested in collaborating with King of Prussia Gift shop to sell your products to friends, family, and staff we invite you to complete our KOPH Gift Shop Application.

Please note, completing this form does NOT guarantee your business will be invited to bid or awarded contracts with CHOP or its affiliates; just that your business will be vetted for consideration on future work. Supplier selection is based on several factors, including pricing, delivery capabilities, service and innovation.

Frequently asked questions

Q: What is a diverse vendor?

A: A diverse supplier is a business that is at least 51% owned and operated by an individual or group that has been traditionally underserved and underrepresented.

Q: What are common classifications?


  • Minority-owned enterprise (MBEs)
  • Women-owned enterprise (WBEs)
  • Disabled Veteran-owned business (DVOBs)
  • Veteran-owned business (VOBs)
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender business enterprise (LGBQTBEs)
  • Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone)
  • Small-business owned (SBEs)

Q: I have registered in CHOP's Supplier Database. What are the next steps?

A: Once you have registered in our database, you will receive a confirmation email notifying you that your information was submitted successfully. Our team will review the information you submitted and contact you if additional details are needed before your company is added to our list of potential partners.

Q: Does supplier registration make me a “preferred” or approved supplier?

A: No. Registration does not certify your company as a “preferred” or “approved” supplier. Rather, registration gives us ready access to your company’s information, and this information is used to consider your company for future work.

Q: Does supplier registration guarantee an award of a CHOP contract or placement on a bid list?

A: No. Supplier registration does not guarantee your business will be invited to bid or awarded contracts with CHOP or its affiliates; just that your business will be vetted for consideration on future work.

Q: I am a person of color, woman, veteran, disabled veteran, LGBTQ or small business vendor, located in a HUD Zone or a certified diverse business. How can I do business with CHOP?

A: CHOP’s process to do business with potential suppliers is the same for all suppliers. To be considered for doing business with CHOP, you must first register in our Supplier Database.

Q: Does CHOP certify diverse vendors?

A: CHOP does not certify diverse vendors. We recognize certifications from third party organizations and/or state/government agencies. Some certifications we recognize include:

  • Federal, state, local government offices
  • Eastern Minority Supplier Development Council

Q: Do diverse vendors need to be certified?

A: While certification is not required to do business with CHOP, we encourage vendors to become certified with an area agency.

Q: How does CHOP find a diverse vendor?

A: CHOP utilizes several approaches to identify diverse vendors.

  • We leverage our strategic partnerships who advocate for diverse vendors.
  • We have access to databases that supplement our face-to-face interaction at various events.
  • We also use our supplier database and a thirty-party software tool to identify vendors.

Q: How does CHOP’s Supplier Diversity Program help diverse suppliers potentially do business with the company?

A: We promote diversity growth in our CHOP supplier base through the following process:

  1. Work with Sourcing to identify upcoming, product and service procurement opportunities.
  2. Identify qualified, diverse suppliers to participate in upcoming procurement opportunities.
  3. Screen identified diverse suppliers to determine whether a match exists between suppliers' capabilities and business requirements.
  4. Refer the identified suppliers to Sourcing to be included in the request for proposal (RFP) process.
  5. Advocacy and awareness

Q: What is a Capability Statement?

A: A capability statement is a concise, one-page document of your business competencies. Think of it as your business's resume.

Q: Systems are great, but can I talk to a live person?

A: Our process is designed in the most efficient way for supplier information to be reviewed by our team. If, during any step of the process, you experience technical problems or have questions, please call us at 267-426-2400. Thank you.