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. 

Diversity Drives Innovation

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, Senior 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, more sustainable world."

- Pam Heminger, Senior Vice President

Supplier Diversity - Our Vision

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.   

How to Become a Caterpillar Supplier

If you are not a current Caterpillar supplier, but are interested in learning how to become one, we encourage you to review the information in our Potential Suppliers web page.

Who Qualifies for Caterpillar's Supplier Diversity Program?

  • 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

Third Party Certifications 

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 diverse supplier sourcing portal by clicking here.

Have specific questions about the Supplier Diversity program? Contact us at

NOTE: Registration on our Supplier Diversity portal 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 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.