Supplier Diversity

For Anthem it is important to do business with suppliers who represent the diversity of our consumers and the people we serve. By developing strong community partnerships we continue to expand our supply base and improve the economic health of our communities.

Through our supplier diversity program, we are dedicated to working, whenever possible, with businesses owned by minorities, women, veterans, service-disabled veterans, members of the LGBT community, and people with disabilities. We strive to involve diverse suppliers in every bidding opportunity and are focused on ensuring that the program continues to grow.

Supplier Diversity Commodity Champions »

The Commodity Champions are Anthem associates who are committed to the inclusion of diverse suppliers in the Business Units they represent. These associates not only have knowledge of the contract needs of the Business Units they represent, but they also work closely with Supplier Diversity to identify opportunities for diverse supplier utilization on their contracts. Commodity Champions also serve as advocates for Supplier Diversity and engage in external outreach with advocacy organizations such as NMSDC and the USBLN.

Key Partnerships »

Anthem has partnered with and given financial support to national and local organizations that promote diverse supplier development. We’re a committed member of the National Minority Supplier Development Council and participate with the Southern California and Mid-States councils. In addition, Anthem is a member of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council and the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, a founding member of the U.S. Business Leadership Network Disability Supplier Diversity Program and a community partner and sponsor of the Indianapolis chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners.

Anthem is proud to play a significant role in creating and sustaining economic development opportunities for diverse suppliers through these memberships and sponsorships and through our support of scholarships to the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

“We recognize the importance of creating a supplier base that reflects the diversity of our members and prospective members. Our goal is to continue raising the supplier diversity bar and maintaining a brand that reflects best-in-class practices and outcomes.”

Brenda Burke
Staff Vice President, Supplier Diversity

Diverse Supplier Mentoring Program »

We also support diverse suppliers through our mentoring program. This program promotes collaboration among diverse suppliers and Anthem’s business leaders and sourcing and Supplier Diversity teams. These formal mentoring partnerships provide suppliers the opportunity to obtain firsthand knowledge of Anthem’s business and culture. Through these partnerships, suppliers grow, develop and expand their capabilities so they are better positioned to meet Anthem’s business needs. Results have shown that suppliers enrolled in our mentoring program have earned additional business from Anthem and have increased their capacity.

Supplier Pay »

Anthem, Inc. values its partnerships with diverse businesses and recognizes the crucial role they play in support of our supply chain. We also understand the financial challenges they face as a result of the demands upon their business operations. In response to President Obama’s accelerated-pay initiative for small businesses, Anthem incorporated the SupplierPay program to help certified, diverse-owned small businesses meet these challenges. Under SupplierPay, diverse suppliers with less than $1 million in spending with Anthem will receive payment for goods and services provided to Anthem at a faster rate. Anthem’s goal for expedited payment to suppliers is for payment to be made within 15 days (or net 15) from the time Anthem receives the invoice.

Tracking Progress »

Anthem carefully tracks its spend with diverse-owned businesses. We require vendors and contractors to subcontract a percentage of their contracts to these suppliers. Supplier Diversity also works closely with our sourcing teams when launching RFPs

Year-over-year, Anthem has exceeded its goals. Anthem has consistently ranked on the the list of DiversityInc Top Companies for Supplier Diversity nationally and among all industries. Our Supplier Diversity program is clearly aligned with our corporate objectives, enhances our brand and is an integral part of our business approach and planning throughout the enterprise.

“Anthem’s supplier diversity initiative provides tremendous value to our organization by securing revenue and helping to grow and retain membership, enhance brand recognition and solidify important community partnerships. Supplier diversity is imperative to our overall strategy and achieving our financial and operational commitments. By utilizing a diverse pool of suppliers, we are ensuring we engage the best and brightest and continually challenge the status quo to meet the needs of our members and the communities we serve.”

John Gallina
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Anthem, Inc.
Supplier Diversity Executive Sponsor



Anthem has been recognized by DiversityInc
as a Top Company for Supplier Diversity.

“Supplier diversity is an important part of Anthem's strategy and reflects our commitment to the diversity of our more than 38 million members nationwide. By actively seeking out a diverse pool of suppliers, we create an environment where the best ideas, products, and solutions rise to the top. By actively seeking out a diverse pool of suppliers, we create an environment where the best ideas, products, and solutions rise to the top. This continued effort of committing to diversity creates more affordable products and services, strengthens our connection to the local communities we serve, and empowers our members to lead healthier lives.”

Joseph R. Swedish
Chairman, President and
Chief Executive Officer,
Anthem, Inc.

Supplier Diversity Statement of Commitment