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Supplier Diversity and Development

About the Program

Enhanced tools, processes, and communications are standard, integral parts of our business model. They reflect our commitment to continuous improvement and supplier diversity. We value both strengthening existing programs/processes and seeking new ways to successfully help our suppliers provide even more value for their customers, including SCE.


Diversity Spending & Opportunities

In 2011, spending with diverse business enterprises (DBEs) —woman-, minority-, and service-disabled veteran-owned businesses —reached nearly $1.4 billion. This represents 33.7% of our procurement budget, exceeding the California Public Utilities Commission’s target of 21.5% and our 2010 figure of 27.1%. As we look to the future, supplier diversity continues to be a key corporate goal, and we have set a target of 40% of procurement spending with diverse suppliers by 2016.

2014/2015 EDGE Membership Application


Awards & Recognition

We’re earning accolades for success in supplier diversity. Most recently, the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce named us to its 2012 Million Dollar Club for “unwavering support for Hispanic Business Enterprises.”

DBE Subcontracting (Tier 2) Program

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We encourage our prime suppliers (DBE and non-DBE) to follow our lead and adopt their own formal initiatives towards diversity and inclusion. We also encourage them to partner with diverse businesses through subcontracting arrangements and participation in our Diverse Business Enterprise (DBE) Subcontracting (Tier 2) Program. In 2011, our prime suppliers reported $428.2 million in DBE subcontracting spend.

If you are a prime supplier and received notification, please report your DBE Subcontracting (Tier 2) spend into the SCE DBE Subcontracting Portal. For more details Click Here

Opportunities at SCE

Below is partial list of material and service opportunities available over the next 12-18 months:

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Opportunities List
Category More Specific Information
Solar Commercial rooftop construction
Construction/Furniture General contractors, designers, architects engaged in planning, design, engineering or construction of buildings or commercial interiors
Energy Efficiency Implementation and technical evaluation of the energy efficiency programs mandated by the CPUC
Advanced Technology Smart Grid, Smart Meter technologies
Civil Construction Civil construction & ground work, including site preparation, grading, trenching, etc.
Line Construction Firms that focus on manufacturing, delivering, installing ground wire and high voltage transmission and distribution lines
Renewable Transmission & Distribution Projects Firms that focus on manufacturing, delivering, and/or installing tubular steel poles, lattice steel towers, conductors, dampers, insulators, ground wire and high voltage transmission lines
Desktop and Related Services Any IT hardware unit and/or related components, including servers, laptops, and peripherals
Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) Software Licenses Commercial Off-the-Shelf Software and Software Licenses. Software purchased on the commercial market requiring no modification for use

Supplier Development and Outreach

Learn more about Our Supplier Development and Supplier Outreach programs and view Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Register Your Company to Do Business with SCE*

  • Click here to create a profile on the Ariba Supplier Registration website
  • If you are a diverse business enterprise, make sure you have the appropriate certifications (read about how to Get Certified here: Supplier Diversity)


*Completion of any portion of this checklist does not guarantee any business enterprise the right to bid or receive a contract.

Learn more about Ariba Supplier Self Registration >

Have any additional questions? Find answers here >

Get Certified

Certification allows businesses to verify that they are dealing with a genuine diverse business enterprise (DBE) as defined by the California Public Utility Commission’s General Order 156 (Also see The Supplier Clearinghouse).

To be classified as a DBE, you must meet the requirements for at least one of these categories:

Minority-Owned Business

Minority-Owned Business (MBE)

  1. A business enterprise that is at least 51 percent owned by a minority individual or group (see classifications below) or, in the case of a publicly owned business, at least 51 percent of the stock must be controlled by a minority individual or group.
  2. Owner(s) must be actively engaged in the management and daily operations of the firm.
  3. Owner(s) must be a U.S. citizen or legal resident alien.
  4. Minority classifications include African-American, Hispanic-American, Asian Pacific- American, and Native-American (American Indian, Aleut, or Eskimo), and other groups (socially and economically disadvantaged as designated pursuant to Section 8(a) of the Small Business Act).
  5. To be certified as a minority-owned business, contact The Supplier Clearinghouse at 1-800-359-7998 or contact Southern California Minority Supplier Development Council at 1-213-689-6960.
Women-Owned Business

Women-Owned Business (WBE)

  1. A business enterprise that is at least 51% owned by a woman or women or, in the case of any publicly owned business, at least 51% of the stock of which is owned by one or more women, and whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more women.
  2. Owner(s) must be a U.S. citizen or legal resident alien.
  3. To be certified as a woman-owned business, contact The Supplier Clearinghouse at 1-800-359-7998 or contact Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) at 1-202-872-5505.
Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Business

Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business (DVBE)

  1. Owner(s) must be veteran of the military, naval, or air service of the United States with a service-connected disability.
  2. Must be a resident of the state of California.
  3. To be certified as a service disabled veteran-owned business (DVBE), contact California Procurement Division of Dept. of General Services at 1-916-375-4940.
Small Business Administration

Small Business Administration (SBA) 8(a) Program Business

  1. A business enterprise that has met the basic requirements for admission to the 8(a) Business Development program.
  2. The basic requirements include being a small business which is unconditionally owned and controlled by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.
  3. To be certified as a service disabled veteran-owned business (DVBE), contact California Procurement Division of Dept. of General Services at 1-916-375-4940.

Supply Management

The information below describes our Supply Management categories and their responsible managers. Upcoming opportunities are listed in italics.

IT & Telecom

Debra Avila, IT & Telecom Materials and Services

  • Application services
  • Computer peripherals
  • Consultant services
  • Data center & IT hardware and services
  • Desktop and related services
  • Infrastructure
  • IT hardware and services
  • Office machine maintenance
  • Software and licenses
Major Projects

Tim Perry, Major Projects

  • Construction management
  • Environmental planning & monitoring
  • Expediting
  • Owner engineers
  • Project controls
  • Project management
  • Professional, substation and transmission line construction services
  • Substation and transmission line construction services
Operations Support

Debra Avila, Operations Support, CSBU, Corporate Center

  • Advertising & promotional services
  • Building maintenance
  • Carpet services
  • Chemicals and lubricants
  • Corporate real estate construction and maintenance
  • Customer contact at SCE’s Mobile Energy Unit
  • Direct to customer projects
  • Electrical services
  • Event set-up
  • Facilities construction and services
  • Field research
  • HR services
  • Legal
  • Logistics and freight
  • Office supplies
  • Pest control services
  • Professional services
  • Solar construction
  • Staffing and management
  • Storage/fuel tank testing
  • Training
  • Training of retailer or other personnel
  • Transportation
SONGS Material & Services

Paul Coughlin, SONGS Material and Services

  • Hazardous and non-hazardous waste services
  • Large apparatus and engineered product
  • Non-outage power block services
  • Non power block services
  • Nuclear power plant equipment (must be 10CFR50 Appendix B qualified OEM Suppliers)
  • Power block outage services
  • Strategic chemicals and commodities
A/C Installation & Maintenance

Tim Perry, TDBU & Power Production Materials

  • Advanced technology
  • Apparatus
  • Control cables and low voltage transmission and distribution wire and cables
  • Hardware and equipment
  • Pole line hardware
  • Power production materials
  • Steel structures
  • Tools
  • Wire and cable
TDBU & Power Production Services

Tim Perry, TDBU & Power Production Services

  • Carrier solutions
  • Civil construction
  • Demolition services
  • Electrical engineering and civil design services for Eastern Hydro Division
  • Engineering
  • Environmental remediation services
  • Paving/asphalt maintenance services
  • Planning and design
  • Pot hole and TSP services
  • Power production construction and maintenance
  • PPD engineering and technical services
  • Street lights
  • Substation construction and maintenance
  • SWPPP/consulting services
  • Traffic control
  • Transmission and distribution infrastructure installation and replacement
  • Underground civil construction (i.e., DSP, Rule 20, vault replacement, etc.)
  • Underground substructure services
  • Vegetation management
Operations Support

Debra Avila, Operations Support, CSBU Energy Efficiency, Corporate Center

  • Chemicals
  • Energy efficiency
  • Event management
  • Office supplies

Opportunities at SCE

Our goal is to provide information about our upcoming opportunities in order to build a supplier base that represents the diversity of the communities we serve. Upcoming opportunities with us are listed in italics in the Category Management list.

If you provide materials and services that match these opportunities, please contact our Supplier Diversity and Development department at supplierdiversitydevelopment@sce.com

DBE Supplier Registration Portal

Register your company so we can find you when looking for diverse suppliers for upcoming bid opportunities. The information you provide will also be included in our printed DBE Directory for SCE personnel, SCE prime suppliers looking to build subcontracting programs, and other SCE external partners.

DBE Supplier Registration Portal Log In

DBE Directory

The DBE Directory helps our personnel and prime suppliers looking to build their subcontracting programs readily identify diverse business enterprises (DBEs). It was created for distribution and sourcing purposes. Whenever possible, SCE personnel and suppliers should consider inviting DBE suppliers to participate in the bidding process and/or developmental opportunities.

Capability Overview Meetings

An important part of our Supplier Diversity Program is to connect diverse business enterprises with internal decision makers. Our Supplier Diversity & Development team hosts Capability Overview Meetings with aspiring, qualified suppliers and our Supply Operation and other key SCE business organization personnel. These meetings provide suppliers with the opportunity to present their company's business plan, experience, qualifications, and credentials to the people responsible for procuring materials and services. In the process, suppliers get a better understanding of our business and upcoming procurement opportunities.
View Capability Overview Meetings

For more information visit our Supplier Diversity Commitment page.