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How to become a supplier

Information/requirements on becoming an IBM supplier

Please select your geography from the list of geographies below. Once selected, please choose the commodity that best describes your product and/or service. A contact name, phone number, and e-mail address is provided within each commodity section for questions regarding the process. A link to the request form for a Dun and Bradstreet (D&B) report (to be generated at your expense) is also provided. Please be advised that there are no guarantees that you will become an IBM supplier once the D&B request form is filled out and submitted. Additionally, please register your business, including any diverse designations, via the Emptoris sourcing portfolio.

Diverse suppliers need to send an E-mail to to initiate registration in our Supplier Diversity Registration Portal.

Small suppliers (less than $50M in revenue or less than 500 employees) should register in Supplier Connection, a free, Web-based portal that allows small businesses to more easily apply to become suppliers to large corporations.

Geography selection
Asia Pacific A-Z listing
Canada contacts English A-Z listing
Canada contacts French A-Z listing
United States listing
Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) listing
Latin America A-Z listing
Canada French instructions

Diverse supplier eligibility and contact information

To qualify as a minority supplier, a company must be at least 51 percent owned and controlled by one or more U.S. citizens from any of the following ethnic groups: African American, Hispanic, Native (including Eskimo and Native Hawaiians), and Asian Americans; or is "minority controlled" by 30 percent of its voting stock, board of directors, and management. Women owned businesses must be 51 percent owned, managed, and controlled by U.S. citizens.

People with disabilities must be 51 percent owned, managed, and controlled by disabled or disabled veterans' organizations that employ a substantial number of people with disabilities and must be U.S. citizens. GLBT owned businesses who wish to be identified as gay and lesbian owned businesses should contact IBM's program director for gay and lesbian suppliers, Johnny Elias, at 1-408-956-2266.

IBM accepts certifications/documentation from the following organizations: