In 2012, 10.1% of Comcast and NBCUniversal’s combined total applicable procurement spend was with diverse suppliers.

More than
$1 billion

Combined, our spending in 2012 with diverse Tier I and Tier II suppliers, including minority-, woman-, and veteran-owned businesses.

Our Supplier Diversity Program is designed to promote, increase, and improve the participation of diverse businesses within our supply chain. It includes our primary, or Tier I, suppliers as well as secondary vendors at the Tier II (subcontracting) level. This program provides the company with reliable resources, creates jobs, strengthens our purchasing power, and builds value for our shareholders.

In 2012, 10.1% of our total applicable procurement spend was with diverse suppliers.

Several organizations recognized our Supplier Diversity Program in 2012, among them:

  • The National Veteran-Owned Business Association named Comcast one of the 10 Best U.S. Corporations for Veteran-Owned Businesses.

  • The Rocky Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council recognized Comcast as its Corporate Partner of the Year.

  • The Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce (GLAAACC) named NBCUniversal Corporation of the Year.

See a full list of our awards and recognition.



We aim to provide equal access and opportunity to all suppliers, and to facilitate nondiscriminatory business relationships with diverse firms.

Companies can qualify as diverse suppliers or vendors if they belong to one of the following categories:

  • Minority Business Enterprise

  • Women Business Enterprise

  • Veteran Business Enterprise

  • Service Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise

  • Historically Underutilized Business Enterprise

Those interested in doing business with Comcast and NBCUniversal should be financially sound, committed to service and responsiveness, and able to deliver quality products or services. Suppliers and vendors also should have sufficient capacity to serve existing and new business.

We encourage both established and emerging suppliers to register with our company. We look for suppliers whose products or services will help our company improve daily operations and quality while reducing costs. When contracting opportunities become available, we use our databases to identify potential vendors.

Learn more about our criteria for vendors and suppliers.



Consistent outreach to diverse businesses helps us forge relationships and enhance our supply chain. We are proud to support and collaborate with diverse chambers of commerce and business organizations throughout the country. We actively target outreach and capacity-building events at the national, regional, and local levels, and we attended more than 100 supplier diversity events in 2012. Our supplier diversity partners include:

  • National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC)

  • National Black Chamber of Commerce (NBCC)

  • US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce (USPAACC)

  • United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC)

  • National Veteran-Owned Business Association (NaVOBA)

  • Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)

  • National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED)

  • National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)

  • The Walter Kaitz Foundation

In December 2012, Comcast also became a Corporate Member of the US Business Leadership Network (USBLN) — a national nonprofit, non-partisan, business-to-business network that promotes workplaces, marketplaces, and supply chains inclusive of people with disabilities.

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We actively target outreach and capacity-building events at the national, regional, and local levels, and we attended more than 100 supplier diversity events in 2012.

At the national level, our supplier diversity–related outreach efforts were broad and strong:

  • Comcast and NBCUniversal participated in the NCAIED Reservation Economic Summit & American Indian Business Trade Fair in Las Vegas.

  • Comcast and NBCUniversal were Corporate Co-Chairs of the USPAACC Education Foundation’s 27th Anniversary CelebrAsian Business Opportunity Conference in Bethesda.

  • Comcast participated in WBENC’s National Conference & Business Fair in Orlando.

  • Comcast attended NBCC’s 20th Annual Convention in Atlanta.

  • Comcast and NBCUniversal sponsored and actively participated in the NGLCC’s Annual Convention in Chicago.

  • Comcast and NBCUniversal sponsored and participated in the USHCC’s 33rd Annual Convention & Business Expo in Los Angeles.

  • Comcast and NBCUniversal were active participants at the NMSDC’s Conference and Business Opportunity Fair in Denver.

  • Comcast’s legal team continues to participate in the National Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF), a nonprofit trade association, as well as Inclusion Initiative conferences and business opportunity fairs.

  • NBCUniversal hosted Veterans Supplier Business Fairs in Los Angeles, Miami, and Orlando, which provided veterans exclusive access to key decision makers and executives within the NBCUniversal family of businesses.

More than three-quarters of our outreach events occurred at the local and regional levels. For example, Comcast participated in the Rocky Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council’s Annual Growth Through Partnership Conference in Denver. The Rocky Mountain organization is one of 36 regional councils of the National Minority Supplier Development Council. Its mission is to drive minority business enterprise growth by creating relationships between minority-owned businesses and corporations, government, academic entities, and others.

In partnership with other cable operators, we also sponsored the second annual California Cable Supplier Diversity Fair. This forum is designed for diverse suppliers and large corporations to better understand each other’s needs and to foster business relationships. Comcast participated in one-on-one "matchmaking sessions" with prospective vendors in such procurement areas as network construction, fiber optic splice equipment, customer premises equipment recovery, collection services, and electrical services.



Our Tier II supplier program creates opportunities for smaller, diverse vendors to work with us indirectly as subcontractors to our prime suppliers. For 2012, the company’s prime suppliers reported $140 million in diverse Tier II spending. We actively encourage our prime suppliers to subcontract with diverse vendors. We also strongly encourage joint ventures and partnerships between prime suppliers and diverse subcontractors. Comcast’s standard request for proposal language encourages Tier II diversity, and we use this as a criterion in purchasing decisions.

In this way, our Supplier Diversity Program offers every business — regardless of its ownership — an opportunity to bid for our business. We are committed to doing more business with prime vendors that provide us data about their subcontracting partnerships, expanding our business with diverse vendors, and eliminating some of the barriers they face.

Comcast maintains a web-based database and registration site for diverse suppliers to use in doing business with us. The system helps us keep a consolidated list of diverse-owned suppliers across multiple industries and geographic locations.




Comcast and NBCUniversal employees participate on boards and in programs that assist with the growth of diverse business enterprises. Our board and advisory council participation includes the following:

  • Comcast is a member of the OCA — Asian Pacific American Advocates' Business Advisory Council.

  • Members of Comcast and NBCUniversal’s supplier diversity teams participate on the USHCC’s Procurement Corporate Advisory Board, and USPAACC’s Corporate Brain Trust.

  • In 2012, NBCUniversal became a corporate member of GLAAACC and the Asian Business Association-Los Angeles.

  • Ajamu Johnson, Comcast Cable’s Senior Director of Supplier Diversity, serves on the advisory boards for the Urban League Entrepreneurship Center of Philadelphia and NaVOBA. Another member of Comcast’s procurement team serves on the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities Supplier Diversity Development Council.

  • Christine Simmons, NBCUniversal’s Director of Supplier Diversity, sits on the Board of Directors of the GLAAACC and serves on the University of Southern California Supplier Diversity Advisory Council, the NGLCC’s Procurement Council and Corporate Advisory Council, and the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of California’s Advisory Council.

  • Angela Harris, NBCUniversal’s Manager of Supplier Diversity, serves as a committee member of the New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council, the NGLCC’s Procurement Council and Corporate Advisory Council, and is an active member of the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC).

  • Thomas Nathan, Senior Vice President and Senior Deputy General Counsel of Comcast Cable, is a member of NAMWOLF’s Advisory Council.

  • Doug Gaston, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Comcast Cable, serves on the Advisory Board of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Office of Diversity.

Our 2012 capacity-building activities included the following:

  • Each year, NBCUniversal meets with our four external Supplier Diversity Councils representing the African American, Asian American, Hispanic, and Native American business communities. NBCUniversal sourcing executives invite business owners, CEOs, and leaders of business development organizations that support each respective community. The councils share best practices, foster partnerships, and provide open lines of communication between the company and the diverse business community.

  • Members of Comcast and NBCUniversal’s legal teams attended NAMWOLF’s Atlanta meeting in October 2012.

  • Members of Comcast’s legal team attended the National Bar Association’s Commercial Law Section 25th Anniversary Corporate Counsel Conference in Miami, as well as a dinner hosted by the Coalition of Bar Associations of Color (CBAC) in Washington, D.C.



Our company has worked closely with the minority-owned banking community for more than 20 years. These relationships with minority-owned banks and investment firms offer tailored ways to meet our specific needs, such as lending through credit facilities, brokerage services for stock repurchases, bond underwriting, and banking and deposit arrangements.

For the ninth consecutive year, in 2012 we arranged a major credit facility with 10 minority-owned banks, including administrative and syndication agent United Bank of Philadelphia. Also, eight diverse banks participated in Comcast and NBCUniversal’s bond issuances in 2012. Combined, these banks underwrote $111.8 million in bonds, for which they received a fee.



Comcast is a founding member of the Inclusion Initiative, a collaborative effort of several companies to retain a greater number of diverse law firms. In 2012, Comcast and NBCUniversal spent more than $3 million with diverse law firms — more than double the amount spent in 2011. Our legal teams are also focused on increasing the amount of business we do with female lawyers at majority-owned firms.



Together, Comcast and NBCUniversal increased spending with minority-owned media in 2012. Burrell Communications continued to serve as Comcast’s agency of record for African American creative, and Grupo Gallegos continued to provide support for Comcast’s Hispanic creative. We also work with Asian American–owned Ameredia.



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