State Fund protects businesses of all sizes and in all sectors by providing a fairly-priced choice for workers’ compensation insurance. This inclusive approach extends throughout our business structure, including the way we procure products and services.
Our Supplier Diversity Initiative ensures equal opportunities for businesses, including those owned by minorities, women, and disabled veterans, related to State Fund’s sourcing and contracting of products and services. Partnering with these businesses whenever possible helps State Fund achieve its vision to be the industry leader and best value, while supporting California’s entrepreneurial spirit.
State Fund’s policy is to encourage and afford opportunities to diverse suppliers, while ensuring we receive the highest quality products and services. Our Supplier Diversity Initiative is established on the principles of fair and equitable business practices and social responsibility to the community we serve. We seek opportunities to form mutually profitable relationships with diverse suppliers through teamwork and commitment to make our Supplier Diversity Initiative successful.
State Fund seeks to provide business opportunities for the following enterprises either as Tier 1 (direct) or as Tier 2 (indirect) supplier:
- Minority Business Enterprise (MBE)
- Woman Business Enterprise (WBE)
- Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE)
- Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Business Enterprise
Our primary objectives are:
- Actively seeking businesses who are certified as MBE, WBE, DVBE, LGBT
- Inclusion of certified MBE, WBE, DVBE, LGBT in our procurement efforts
- Supporting organizations that promote or certify MBE, WBE, DVBE, LGBT Business Enterprises
If you would like to participate in State Fund’s Supplier Diversity Initiative, your business must meet one of the following five certification criteria:
- It must be certified by the Western Regional Minority Development Council (WRMSDC) as a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE). WRMSDC is a non-profit organization that certifies at least 51% ethnic minority owned, managed and controlled by individual(s) belonging to the following groups: African-American/Black; Hispanic/Latino-American; Native American; Asian-Pacific American; and Asian-Indian American. WRMSDC is one of 23 affiliates of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), and administers NMSDC’s certification in Northern California, Nevada, and Hawaii.
- It must be certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) as a Woman Business Enterprise (WBE), the largest third-party certifier of at least 51% owned, controlled, and operated by women in the United States. WBENC, a national 501c non-profit, partners with 14 Regional Partner Organizations to provide its world class standard of certification to women-owned businesses throughout the country.
- It must be certified by the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) as LGBT-Business Enterprises, defined as a business that is at least 51 % owned, managed, controlled and operated. NGLCC is a U.S. not-for-profit advocacy group and exclusive certifying body for LGBT-owned businesses known as LGBT Business Enterprises.
- It must be certified by the National Veteran Business Development Council (NVBDC), as a leading Veteran Owned Business Certification organization developed by Veterans, for Veterans. NVBDC is a 501(c) 3 non-profit that certifies Veteran and/or Service Disabled-Veteran that is physically located in the United States, and is at least 51 percent owned, controlled, and operated by Veteran or Service-Disabled Veteran.
- It must be certified by the California Department of General Services as a Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE), which is defined as a business that is at least 51 percent owned by one or more disabled veterans and daily operations are managed and controlled by one or more disabled veterans. For certification purposes, a “disabled veteran” is: Veteran of the U.S. military, naval, or air service; and
- Must have a service-connected disability of at least 10 percent or more; and
- Must reside in California
*Other recognized certification agencies for Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business Enterprises: Department of Veterans Affairs’ VetBiz Registry (CVE)
In addition to meeting one of the three above certification criteria, suppliers with products and services suitable for State Fund who wish to be considered for current and future projects, must register online in State Fund’s supplier database. Registering with State Fund as a potential supplier does not guarantee that we will contact you regarding business opportunities; it is required in order for your business to be considered for a contract with us.
To register in our supplier database, you must meet certain requirements, which can vary by product and service type and are subject to change without notice. Before you begin registering online, please have available the documentation for the following minimum requirements:
- Proof evidencing that your business is certified as a MBE, WBE, and/or DVBE.
- Workers’ Compensation statutory limits
- Employer’s Liability with limits no less than $1 million each accident/$1 million each disease
- Commercial General Liability
- $1 million each occurrence
- $2 million general aggregate
- Business Automobile Liability: owned, non-owned, and hired vehicles used in performance of work, $1 million each accident
- Umbrella: $1 million per occurrence/aggregate with Employer’s Liability, Commercial General Liability, and Auto Liability underlying
State Fund has locations throughout California; suppliers who do business with us are expected to service all areas when necessary.
We appreciate your interest in State Fund’s Supplier Diversity Initiative. If you have questions regarding this initiative, please email them to SupplierDiversity@scif.com.