Supplier Diversity

We strengthen the supply chain by connecting healthcare providers with small and diverse businesses.

Improving our communities by supporting small and diverse businesses

Through our supplier diversity program, we’ve been able to connect with more than 1,500 companies that are certified as small business enterprises, small businesses in underutilized areas, and companies where the ownership is mostly:

  • Minorities
  • Women
  • People with disabilities
  • Veterans
  • LGBTQ+
A dark-skinned, bald pharmacist examining a medication box in the stock room of a pharmacy, surrounded by shelves of medication. They are wearing a purple collared shirt underneath a white lab coat.

Diverse suppliers enable us to source the highest quality products and services at the most competitive prices

But to us, it's much more than that. Our commitment to supplier diversity comes straight from the top of our organization, and its integrated throughout all of our applicable businesses.

Through our growing program, were able to directly support companies that are addressing the unique needs of underserved communities and fuel innovation where it's needed most. Moreover, these diverse businesses are often the ones employing individuals in underserved communities, which makes having a supplier diversity program essential to creating healthier futures. The more we support diverse businesses, the more jobs that are added to those communities and the more we're able to do our part as a responsible corporate citizen.

Together we're making a positive impact on communities

In our 2023 fiscal year, we spent $2.3 billion with diverse and small suppliers, which drove $3.8 billion in cumulative revenues for these vital businesses and generated significant economic activity in their local communities.
12,123
jobs supported in local communities
$999M
in wages paid to employees of diverse and small suppliers
$359M
in personal, business, and sales  taxes generated by our small and diverse businesses

Buy from diverse suppliers in our Marketplace

With extensive global connections throughout the healthcare industry, we’re proud to help connect our customers with our growing group of diverse suppliers in communities everywhere and bring their products to a bigger audience.

More importantly, our customers and stakeholders are excited to support them, which is why we enable search filtering by diverse supplier in our ordering platform and clearly indicate those companies as such, as well as in our catalogs and other marketing materials. That way, anyone interested in buying from diverse suppliers can find them quickly and easily.

Plus, with the launch of Marketplace, our latest ordering platform innovation, pharmacies are now able to shop a wider variety of front-end goods from diverse suppliers in one trusted environment.

A light-skinned pharmacist holding up a box of medication to show another person who is mostly out of frame. They wear a pink collared shirt beneath a white lab coat. Shelves of medication are located behind them.
A pharmacist ringing up a customer’s purchase at a cash register. Only their hands are visible. They hold a small, white medication box and another sits on the counter.
A light-skinned warehouse associate loading packages into crates in a distribution center. They have long brown hair tied in a bun, a beard, and they wear a navy blue polo shirt and black gloves.
Photograph of Steven H. Collis. Steven, a light-skinned person with dark framed eyeglasses and a short gray beard, is smiling at the camera. He wears a black suit jacket over a light purple shirt. He is in front of a light gray background with no surroundings.
Photograph of Steven H. Collis. Steven, a light-skinned person with dark framed eyeglasses and a short gray beard, is smiling at the camera. He wears a black suit jacket over a light purple shirt. He is in front of a light gray background with no surroundings.

"We are deeply committed to developing and procuring products and services from minority, women, veteran, LGBTQ+, and disabled owned businesses. They are the foundation of a competitive economy and a source of innovation that makes Cencora a leader in healthcare distribution and related services. We do this by promoting viable opportunities for diverse businesses within our local communities. This important work is guided by our purpose of being united in our responsibility to create healthier futures."

Steve Collis Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer

Photograph of Steven H. Collis. Steven, a light-skinned person with dark framed eyeglasses and a short gray beard, is smiling at the camera. He wears a black suit jacket over a light purple shirt. He is in front of a light gray background with no surroundings.

Sell your products through Marketplace and drive revenue

If you own or work at a diverse supplier, register your business with us to join our network and offer your products and services in our Marketplace. Our sourcing team will collaborate with you to ensure you gain the most value from our customized, solution-minded support. 
Two people chatting outside of a pharmacy. The person on the left has medium skin, long brown hair, and carries a shopping bag. The person on the right has dark skin, short hair, and glasses.