Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Back Office Cooperative has a long-standing commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. We incorporate DEI goals with our group program partners and support the community’s interest in expanding business with Diverse Suppliers.

BOC is building a directory of Diverse Suppliers based on referrals from the community, they are recommended by your peers. The directory highlights those who are a “Certified Diverse Business” for purposes of helping with fulfillment of government contract requirements. The BOC Staples program includes tools to purchase and track spend with diverse businesses.

Group Programs

The group programs and back-office services we offer are continually evaluated to maximize value. We adhere to DEI purchasing policies and require partners to have their own DEI policy.

BOC’s Diverse Supplier Directory

To make it easier to find Diverse Suppliers, we have created a directory of Diverse Businesses that is available to the public. If you own a Diverse Business, you can register your business using this form.

Education & Resources

As a partner to the nonprofit community, we make supplier diversity a key theme in our content. We devote seminars to this topic, develop resources to help organizations improve their supplier diversity, and work to connect our members with Diverse Businesses.

What is a Diverse Business?

A diverse firm must be at least 51 percent owned, operated, and controlled by one or more individuals within the same diverse category, as follows:

Minority-owned Business Enterprise (MBE)
Individuals within the following racial or ethnic groups: Black, Hispanic, Asian-Pacific, Asian-Indian or Native American.

Women-owned Business Enterprise (WBE)

Women, regardless of race or ethnicity.

Veteran Business Enterprise (VBE)
Individuals who have served in active duty in the United States military.

Service-disabled Veteran-owned Business Enterprise (SDVBE)
Individuals who have served in active duty in the United States military and were disabled because of that service.

People with Disabilities (PWD)

Individuals who have a disability regardless of how that disability occurred.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender (LGBT)
Individuals that are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered.