supplier diversity

Supplier Diversity

Cricket Supplier Diversity Program

The mission of Cricket's Supplier Diversity Program is to implement a robust WMDVBE sourcing program to ensure that diversity and inclusion are essential components of our successful business strategy. By respecting and including different viewpoints, we are better able to serve our customers, employees, business partners and communities. To implement our program we will look for opportunities to work with diverse suppliers in all aspects of our business from advertising to devices, computers, indirect spend and network provisioning.

As part of our overall business strategy, we are committed to expanding mutually beneficial relationships with minority, women-owned business enterprises (M/WBE) and service disabled veteran owned business enterprises (DVBE). These relationships enable us to:

  • • Deliver exceptional products and services to our clients
  • • Build the economic wealth of the communities we serve
  • • Provide meaningful opportunities through fair competition
  • • Set measurable goals reflective of our corporate strategy

Our Procurement Department is a critical aspect of our Supplier Diversity success. They are responsible for acting without prejudice to seek and obtain the best value for each Cricket product and service expense. Supplier selection is based on the supplier's ability to provide goods and/or services in accordance with our requirements including:

  • • Quality of products and services
  • • Competitive pricing
  • • Technical foresight
  • • Proactive product service support
  • • Effective follow-through
  • • A core competency in the product and/or service they provide
  • • Excellent financial standing
  • • Supportive of minority, women and service disabled veterans business enterprise participation

Supplier Diversity Certification

Supplier certification is a process whereby businesses are WMDVBE verified as legitimately owned by or a combination thereof. Diverse businesses that wish to participate in Cricket's Sourcing process must have third-party certification of their diversity status. Such validation of a supplier's diverse status is required for participation in the Cricket Communications Supplier Diversity Program.

We accept certification documents from the following qualified agencies:

  • • California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) WMBE Clearinghouse
  • • Association for Service Disabled Veterans (ASDV) Clearing Clearinghouse
  • • National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC)
  • • US PAN Asian American Chamber of Commerce (USPAACC)
  • • Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
  • • National Women Business Owners Corporation (NWBOC)

Once registered it is the supplier's responsibility to keep certification and registration profile and documentation current.

Non-Diverse Supplier Tier II Program

Cricket expects its' primary non-diverse suppliers to provide equal opportunities to minority, women-owned and disabled veteran owned business enterprises. Our Tier II program strategy serves to enhance those efforts. Through our Tier II Sourcing Program, we strongly encourage our non-diverse primary suppliers to share in our business strategy of utilizing qualified women-owned, minority and service disabled veteran business enterprises (WMDVBE's) that can add significant value to our mutual business requirements. Suppliers must submit to Cricket quarterly and annual reports of direct and indirect expenditures with qualified WMDVBEs, including any enterprise subcategories, as directed by Cricket.

For further information regarding Cricket's Supplier Diversity program please contact either Lance Le (lale@cricketcommunications.com) or Dawn Martin (damartin@cricketcommunications.com).