AMS values diversity. As a globally diverse company, we value the spectrum of skills, experiences and perspectives that characterize our employees, physician partners, and patients served by our products. Increasing diversity among our suppliers is equally important. A diverse supplier base fosters increased competition and innovation while promoting the outstanding contributions made by these businesses to the economic health and diversity of communities throughout the United States of America.
AMS strives to ensure the inclusion of qualified, diverse businesses in opportunities to provide goods and services. Diverse suppliers include certified small disadvantaged, historically underutilized, minority-owned, women-owned, veteran-owned, service-disabled veteran-owned, and HUBZone businesses.
It is the policy of AMS to provide the maximum practical opportunity for the inclusion of qualified small, diverse businesses in the corporation's subcontracting process. To accomplish these goals, AMS has instituted a proactive Supplier Diversity Program that will:
- Identify qualified diverse suppliers for opportunities to provide goods and services.
- Counsel potential diverse suppliers to AMS procurement procedures and expectations.
- Maintain active membership in organizations that support diverse suppliers.
- Participate in outreach activities that support diverse suppliers.
AMS identifies diverse suppliers through purchasing organizations, participation in various trade show activities, and utilization of supplier directories/databases. One such database is part of the U.S. Government's Central Contractor Registration (CCR), which can be found at http://www.ccr.gov/. Potential diverse suppliers interested in working with AMS should contact AMS at Supplier.Diversity@AmericanMedicalSystems.com to learn how to register. A D&B D-U-N-S Number is required. A third-party screening process is used to verify supplier certification.
As a contractor to the U.S. Government, AMS has small business subcontracting goals. If you are a Small Business, Woman-Owned Small Business, Veteran-Owned or Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business, you can self certify as to your business size and socio-economic classification. If you wish to be considered as a Small Disadvantaged Business or a HUBZone small business you must be certified through the Small Business Administration (SBA). To learn about the eligibility requirements for these programs and how to become certified, please visit http://www.sba.gov/aboutsba/sbaprograms/sdb/ and https://eweb1.sba.gov/hubzone/internet/. Small business size standards are defined by the SBA based on the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). See the SBA Table of Small Business Size Standards at http://www.sba.gov/size/indextableofsize.html
We also recommend that minority-owned businesses obtain certification through a regional council of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) and that women-owned businesses obtain certification through a local Women Business Enterprise Council (WBENC) affiliate.
Note that certifications are not to be considered as a guarantee of conducting business with AMS.