Cat Machine on display
Cat Machine on display

Caterpillar's Supplier Diversity

In its nearly century-long existence, Caterpillar has overcome several challenges by redefining itself into a global and diverse company that’s laser-focused on helping its customers succeed. Our quest to build a more globally diverse team doesn’t end with us – we strongly support the development of diversity and inclusion within our customer, dealer, and supplier bases to complement the various business markets we serve. 


Innovation at Caterpillar goes beyond the creation of products and services – it enables our customers to build a better world where communities have access to water, electricity, roads, bridges, hospitals, schools and much more. In other words, our innovation empowers people to strive for more in over 200 countries.

But how do we innovate? We throw out old assumptions and self-limiting beliefs and challenge ourselves to see things from a different perspective. We rely on our diverse and inclusive workforce to find connections and creative solutions in an environment that triggers the imagination. And we want to reflect that environment in our business practices, our customers and, particularly, our suppliers.

Pam Heminger, Vice President
Pam Heminger, Vice President

“Caterpillar’s reputation for world-class products and services stands on the shoulders of our global and diverse team – and that team includes our international and diverse supply network. We want to build strong partnerships with suppliers that match Caterpillar’s commitment to our overall diversity strategy. This is key to delivering on our promise to help our customers build a better world."

- Pam Heminger, Vice President

Supplier Diversity - Our Vision

A diverse and resilient supplier network is key to Caterpillar’s mission to help build a better world. To that end, our vision with the Supplier Diversity initiative is to provide sourcing opportunities across Caterpillar’s global locations to diverse business owners. We believe that a world class and diverse supplier base will cement our position as industry leader across the globe. And we’re committed to helping our supply base become just that.   


To understand the basic key requirements of being a Caterpillar supplier, click here.


  • Small Business
  • Small Disadvantaged Business
  • Minority-Owned Business
  • Women-Owned Business
  • Veteran-Owned Business
  • Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business
  • Disability-Owned Business
  • LGBT-Owned Business
  • 8(a) Certified Business
  • HUBZone Certified Business


In line with our commitment to working with our supply base to help develop their diversity, Caterpillar strongly encourages third-party certifications offered by the following organizations:


Register your company on our sourcing portal by clicking here.

Have specific questions about the Supplier Diversity program? Contact us at or 309-578-7925.

NOTE: Submission of a Supplier Diversity Registration Datasheet does not imply your company is automatically on a ‘preferred vendor list’. Nor does it mean your company has a contractual agreement in place.  It also does not qualify a business as an official Caterpillar supplier. 

What it does provide is an opportunity for your profile to be reviewed by a Caterpillar Global Purchasing representative with an interest in learning more about your capabilities. Your company will be contacted if, and when, a business opportunity presents itself and your company’s capabilities are in line with the project. Notification of selection will then be followed by further evaluation for compliance with our supplier standards and compatibility with our strategic vision.