Supplier Diversity

Schnucks has been serving customers for more than 80 years, growing from a single, small confectionery to a leading regional supermarket chain. We still follow the same values we have since 1939: Friendliness, Service, Quality, Variety, Value, Integrity, and Innovation. We started small, and we want to support small, diverse and local suppliers.

We launched a formal Supplier Diversity program in November 2020 in our efforts to better reflect the communities we serve, to promote opportunity and innovation, and to stimulate local economies.

"By aligning with diverse suppliers, we are strengthening both our business and our communities," said Todd Schnuck, Chairman and CEO. "We believe that this investment not only supports our diversity, equity and inclusion strategy, but it also enhances product offerings for our customers and bolsters our ability to do business in an ever-changing environment."

At Schnucks, we believe in nourishing people’s lives. We are committed to making a difference in the communities we serve, and to improving the lives of our teammates and customers. Through our Midwest family values, we celebrate diversity.

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Certifications & Organizations

Schnucks strongly encourages all diverse vendors to get 3rd party diverse owned certification. As many companies are starting supplier diversity programs, 3rd party certification provides proof that a company meets the requirements for classification as a diverse owned business, and is helpful in getting visibility for the company. Diverse certifications can be issued at the federal, state, or local level. The national organizations below also issue diversity certification. If your diverse business is not 3rd party certified, please reach out to one of the organizations listed below, or research diversity certification at the state level.

Organization Acronym Expanded Name & Certification URL Certification Acronym Certification Name Description
Disability:IN Disability:IN DOBE Disability-Owned Business Enterprise Certifies disability-owned business enterprises, including service-disabled and veteran disability-owned businesses
Disability:IN Disability:IN SDV-DOBE Service-Disabled Veteran Disability-Owned Business Enterprise 51 percent owned, controlled, operated, and managed by a veteran, who sustained their disability during their time of service
Disability:IN Disability:IN V-DOBE Veteran Disability-Owned Business Enterprise 51 percent owned, controlled, operated, and managed by a veteran, but disability was not incurred during their time of service
NaVOBA National Veteran Owned Business Association SDVBE Service-Disabled Veteran’s Business Enterprise
NaVOBA National Veteran Owned Business Association VBE Veteran’s Business Enterprise
NVBDC National Veteran Business Development Council VOB Veteran-owned business
NGLCC National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce NGLCC certified National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
NMSDC National Minority Supplier Development Council MBE Certified Minority Business Enterprise Mid-States Minority Supplier Development Council (Mid-States MSDC) is 1 of 23 regional affiliates of NMSDC
WBENC Women’s Business Enterprise National Council WBE Women Business Enterprise Affiliate partner of NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners)
SBA Small Business Administration WOSB Woman-owned Small Business 51% Woman-owned and managed or owned and managed by socially and economically disadvantaged women
USPAACC US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce USPAACC US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce

Who Qualifies?

Our Supplier Diversity program focuses on businesses that are third-party certified as at least 51% owned, operated, and managed by an individual or group that is a US citizen or permanent legal US resident, and fit in one or more of the categories below. In the case of a publicly owned business, at least 51% of the stock must be owned by one or more diverse owners that is a US citizen or permanent legal US resident, and fits in one or more of the categories below:

  • Disabled Person
  • LGBT Person
  • African American, Asian American, Hispanic/Latin American, or Native American
  • U.S. Military Veteran
  • Woman

If you are chosen as a supplier for Schnucks, you will be required to verify your diversification status during your online registration process by filling out this form.

Find out more about becoming a supplier for Schnucks on our Supplier Central page.