At Duke Energy, we proactively seek and build relationships with diverse suppliers to create a more sustainable supply chain and to achieve our Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) goals and objectives.

At the same time, these practices help our suppliers grow, create jobs, and provide a positive local economic impact.

2020 by the Numbers

For the sixth consecutive year, Duke Energy has spent more than $1 billion annually with diverse businesses.

To emphasize our support of growing diverse suppliers and equity when awarding contracts, we have a goal to increase our annual spend with Tier I diverse suppliers to $1 billion.

Supplier Development

Through the Supplier Diversity University and Supplier Exchange Forum, we seek to educate, develop and cultivate our diverse vendor relationships.


  • We are engaging with our local communities through the Supplier Diversity University – a two-day educational conference focused on scaling existing diverse supplier relationships and investing in new ones. Topics from our most recent event included access to capital funding, cybersecurity and upcoming opportunities for business with Duke Energy.

  • Through our Supplier Exchange Forum, we unite our suppliers and Duke Energy representatives to emphasize the value we place on including diverse suppliers on Duke Energy projects. It is also an opportunity to present Supplier Excellence awards to Duke Energy suppliers who share and embody our corporate values of safety, responsibility and inclusion.

Information on our next Supplier Diversity University and Exchange Forum will be shared in 2022. Let us know if you are interested in participating or learning more.

Interested in working with us?

Duke Energy’s supplier diversity program reflects our commitment to inclusion and developing and expanding relationships with diverse businesses owned by minorities, women, persons with disabilities, LGBT, veterans, service-disabled veterans or who are federal HUBZone certified. Our supplier diversity program creates opportunities to partner with businesses that bring valuable perspectives, new skills and quality products and services at competitive prices to the table.

  • To be considered diverse, a business must be at least 51% owned by one or more individuals in the below classifications. In addition, the owners must control the management and daily operations of the business.
    • Minority
    • Women
    • Veteran
    • Service-disabled Veteran
    • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender (LGBT)
    • Disabled
  • Certified Federal HUBZone Business

Certification by a third-party helps ensure the diverse status of a business. Although numerous government and other entities offer certification services, we prefer diverse businesses be certified by one or more of the following Recognized Certifying Agencies (RCAs).

  • National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC)
  • Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
  • National Veteran Business Development Council (NVBDC)
  • National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)
  • Disability:IN

RCAs are resources that provide services and access to opportunities – please visit their websites to learn more about each and how to become certified as a diverse business.

Meet the Supplier Diversity Team

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