Supplier diversity is an American Water business imperative. National Supplier Diversity provides companies owned and operated by ethnic minorities, women, veterans, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community the opportunity to compete for our sourcing needs. The value, innovation, flexibility, and customer-focused approach of diverse businesses serve as a true value proposition to American Water.

In our business operations, American Water offers opportunities for both prime suppliers and subcontractors. The coming year will represent the fourth year of our five-year plan for growth with specific goals tied to each state.

To further strengthen our commitment to supplier diversity, American Water hosts our Supplier Diversity Summit annually. This is our signature event to connect diverse suppliers to our business stakeholders. Our prospective suppliers meet and discuss opportunities with the decision-makers to align with our procurement needs.

Every employee is empowered to identify, qualify, select, and manage the procurement process for goods and services to ensure that qualified diverse suppliers are appropriately included. We also strongly encourage our prime contractors and major suppliers to support supplier diversity.

Our Supplier Diversity aligns with American Water’s overall Inclusion, Diversity & Equity efforts and is a critical component in maintaining our standards for excellence essential to Keep Life Flowing for our customers.

We understand the tremendous value that comes from having many diverse perspectives and are committed to the success and growth of diverse businesses across our operating footprint. Please take a look at American Water’s 2022 Supplier Diversity Economic Impact Report.

Metrics for 2022

Tier 1 and Tier 2 diverse supplier spend topped $604 million in 2022.

Supply Chain surpassed its goal in 2022 by increasing diverse supplier spend to 22.0%.*

2022 Diverse Supplier Goal: 21.7%
2022 Actual Diverse Supplier Spend: 22.0%

*Value updated in July 2023

Our Diverse Suppliers

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