Fostering Supplier Diversity

For more than 30 years, Union Pacific has demonstrated our commitment to support and embrace supplier diversity. Our supplier diversity program was the first among the largest U.S. railroads and permeates the entire organization, impacting purchases of fuel, engineering services, railroad maintenance and construction materials, rolling stock maintenance and technology.

From $10 million in our first year to more than $430 million in 2012, we are expanding opportunities for the success of minority- and women-owned businesses.

2012 Supplier Diversity Facts and Figures

  • $430 million was spent with minority- and women-owned businesses.
  •  Union Pacific purchased goods or services from more than 500 diverse suppliers in 39 states, including all 23 in which we operate.
  •  Spending with diverse suppliers grew by approximately 7 percent each year from 2007 to 2012, including a 16 percent increase over 2011.
  • Approximately 13 percent of Union Pacific’s critical suppliers reported purchasing goods or services with diverse suppliers, demonstrating their support of our supplier diversity initiative.
  • We received the Wisconsin, Iowa and Central Illinois Minority Supplier Development Council Award of Excellence and were nominated for the National Minority Supplier Development Council’s National Corporation of the Year Award.
  • We developed a companywide supplier diversity training program and introduced a “Lunch and Learn” awareness program focusing on our supplier diversity programs and initiatives.

National Minority Supplier Development Council

Memberships, Boards and Committees

  • National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC)
  • NMSDC Transportation Group
  • Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council
  • Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council
  • Dallas Fort Worth Minority Supplier Development Council
  • Houston Minority Supplier Development Council
  • Women’s Business Enterprise National Council – Chicago

Key Awards and Recognition

*Awarded in 2012 for 2011 performance.