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Supplier Qualifications

Air Products seeks the best quality, value, and service, at the best cost from all of our suppliers. Our Global Procurement Team is chartered to select suppliers that deliver the best overall value. Here are some of the qualities that Air Products is looking for in our suppliers:

  • Cost competitiveness from a pricing perspective
  • Technological innovation
  • Proven track record and references
  • Solid financial standing
  • Ability to conduct electronic business via e-connections on the Internet
  • Reliable source of supply
  • Continuous and proactive support of both products and services

For U.S. suppliers, Air Products prefers diverse supplier certification by a third party such as:

  • Small Business (SB)
  • Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) (Certified and verified in DOD's CCR database)
  • Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB)
  • Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB)
  • Disable Veteran owned Small Business (DVOSB)
  • HUBZone Small Business (Certified and verified in DOD's Central Contractor Registration (CCR) database)
  • Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Owned Small Business (Certified and verified in DOD's CCR database)

U.S. Diverse Supplier Definitions

Small Business Concern (SB)

A small business as defined pursuant to Section 3 of the Small Business Act and relevant regulations promulgated pursuant thereto. Generally, this means a small business concern organized for profit, which is independently owned and operated, is not dominant in the field of operations in which it is bidding, and meets the size standards as prescribed in Government regulations.

Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB)

A small business concern (a) which is at least 51 percent owned by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individuals, or in the case of a publicly-owned business, at least 51 percent of that business' stock is owned by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individuals; and (b) whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more of the socially and economically disadvantaged individuals who own it.

Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB)

A small business concern (a) which is at least 51 percent owned by one or more women, or in the case of a publicly-owned business, at least 51 percent of that business' stock is owned by one or more women; and (b) whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more women.

Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB)

"Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB)" is a business not less than 51 percent of which is owned by one or more veterans or, in the case of any publicly owned business, not less than 51 percent of the stock of which is owned by one or more veterans; and (b) the management and daily business operations of which are controlled by or more veterans. VETERAN—The term "veteran" has the meaning defined in 38 U.S.C. 101

Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (DVOSB)

"Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (DVOSB)" is a business not less than 51 percent of which is owned by one or more disabled veterans or, in the case of any publicly owned business, not less than 51 percent of the stock of which is owned by one or more disabled veterans; and (b) the management and daily business operations of which are controlled by one or more disabled veterans. VETERAN—The term "veteran" has the meaning defined in 38 U.S.C. 101.

HUBZone Small Business Concern (HUBZone)

This program is based on the geographical area where your business is located and where 35 percent of your employees reside. The company must be small, located in a HUBZone (Historically Underutilized Business Zone), owned and controlled by one or more U.S. citizens, and at least 35 percent of its employees reside in a HUBZone.

Minority Business Enterprise (MBE)

A U.S. based business concern (a) which is at least 51 percent owned by minorities, or in the case of any publicly-owned business, at least 51 percent of that business' stock is owned by one or more minorities; and (b) whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more of the minority individuals who own it. Minority persons include African-Americans, Hispanics, Asian-Pacific Americans, Asian-Indian Americans, and Native Americans.


In this Section:

Supplier Diversity
Certification Process
Frequently Asked Questions 


 

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