Supplier Diversity


Supplier Diversity

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At Milliken, we believe a diverse and inclusive supplier program benefits all stakeholders. We encourage diversity and inclusion when making supplier selections.  Milliken awards business to the best supplier based on integrity, value, quality, risk, sustainability, and price.

Recognized supplier diversity categories are further described here. To be designated as a diverse supplier, a supplier can self-certify by completing the certification form. Once submitted it will be reviewed by our internal team and entered into our database.  If selected to participate in a bid event, a Milliken Sourcing professional may reach out for additional information. Milliken annually audits aspects of our Supplier Diversity Policy Statement. Providing a supplier diversity certification does not guarantee business nor does it assure companies as a preferred supplier status. Milliken suppliers must meet all other Milliken requirements, including accepting our Supplier Code of Conduct.  


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Supplier Diversity is core to our values at Milliken and these engagements continue to bring innovation, flexibility, and sustainability into our everyday buying practices. We will continue to utilize these building blocks to develop our supply base through education and networking opportunities. - Michael Brown, EVP of Operations

Milliken Diversity Equity and Inclusion

Our Commitment to Supplier Diversity

To provide courteous, professional treatment and equal opportunity for all current and potential suppliers.

To develop and maintain long-term business partnerships that allow us to meet our quality and service standards at competitive costs.

To encourage use of our defined diversity categories to bid on any of our company’s requirements.


 Join Our Supplier Mentorship Program

  • Created to help suppliers bridge the gap to growth
  • Includes educational opportunities
  • Benefits of participating:
    • ­Free education
    • ­Networking
    • ­Participants in the program will receive advance notice when bid opportunities become available.

(scroll down near bottom of webpage to find full schedule and sign up links for all events)

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Dionne Sandiford from Corporate Stitch was awarded the Supplier Diversity award for 2023. Corporate Stitch was a premier partner at the Milliken Momentum event held in May. To learn more about this company, please visit their website by clicking here.



Our second annual Supplier Recognition Luncheon was held on November 13, 2023. Five awards were presented during this event to Scheutz, Bionmic, ICL, Estes, and Corporate Stitch. Congratulations to our winners!

“I represent the small business owner, woman owned businesses, minority owned businesses that want a seat at the table with big companies. Thank you to Milliken for seeing the importance of DEI and continuing to support it. It can be a game changer for a small business.”

– Dionne Sandiford, Corporate Stitch

past winners



Embark Business Solutions, LLC was awarded the Supplier Diversity Mentorship Program Award for 2022.



Our first annual Supplier Recognition Luncheon was held on November 15, 2022. Four awards were presented during this event to Grainger, Picanol, Lift One, and Embark Business Solutions, LLC. Congratulations to our winners!

Supplier Reporting

Tier I Definition and Reporting

  • Tier I suppliers, also known as Prime Suppliers, are those businesses that directly sell products and/or services to Milliken & Company
  • Milliken & Company designates specific coding protocols to prime suppliers in our ERP system to indicate their specific diversity category
  • Reporting is extracted on a quarterly basis


Tier II Definition and Reporting


  • Tier II suppliers constitute the second layer of our supply base and refer to those companies that provide products and/or services to our prime suppliers
  • Milliken & Company collects Tier II information via a custom form
  • Milliken & Company accepts indirect and direct spending for Tier II diverse suppliers. This allows us consistency across our program and offers the best method of tracking our diverse spend dollars with our prime suppliers ­ Indirect Method: To calculate the Tier II spend by prorating the prime supplier's company-wide diverse spend with the percentage of its total business represented by the customer company's business. For example, if the prime supplier spends $100 million annually with diverse suppliers and a particular customer represents 1% of its total business, the Tier II spend would be $1 million ($100 million x 1%). ­ Direct Method: To engage diverse suppliers directly on Milliken & Company contract and report the amount paid to these specific suppliers therefore, each Tier II dollar can be traced back to a specific diverse supplier and to a specific project.
  • Reporting is collected on a quarterly basis


If you are currently a PRIME supplier partner to Milliken & Company, please use the link below to submit your Tier II spending information.

Milliken Tier II Diversity Reporting Template 






Supplier diversity matters and Milliken demonstrated our commitment to diverse-owned businesses by hosting Milliken Momentum, our first-ever Supplier Diversity matchmaking event. Business representatives came from as far away as Colorado to share what they can do for companies like Milliken. Also in attendance: S.C. Lt. Gov. Pamela Evette, who shared her story as a business owner.



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May 22, 2024 | Roger Milliken Center - Customer Center | Spartanburg, SC 


We are thrilled to announce our Second Annual Milliken Momentum Supplier Diversity Conference will be held this May.

Milliken believes diversity is key to our success.  Having a diverse supplier network enables us to understand the needs of our customers, tap into new ideas that add value to our business, and upholds our values and commitments. 

This event and your participation is critical to our ability to grow diverse business partnerships. This event provides a unique opportunity for small and diverse owned companies to engage and connect not only with Milliken, but also with our Tier 1 supply base.

This year we are expanding our event into a full day of activities including tours of the Milliken property, focus on sustainability education, panel reviews, and learning sessions for participants.


For more information about this event and to register, click here:




We look forward to your participation!


2024 Events
Date Event Location Description Link
January 16 Milliken Mentorship Program Event Spartanburg, SC


(9 AM - 11 AM EST)
Jan 16


February 5-7 National Small Business Conference Atlanta, GA A premier supplier diversity networking event for small businesses. Feb 5-7


February 20 Milliken Mentorship Program Event Virtual

Strategic Planning

(9 AM - 11 AM EST)
Feb 20


March 12 Milliken Mentorship Program Event Spartanburg, SC Digital Marketing (9 AM - 11 AM EST)


March 19-22 WBENC National Conference Denver, CO The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) provides the most relied upon certification for women-owned businesses and the tools to help them succeed. March 19-22


April Milliken Mentorship Program Event Virtual Small Business Tax Workshop hosted by SBDC TBD
May 22 Milliken Momentum Supplier Diversity Matchmaking Event Spartanburg, SC Second annual event to bring together diverse businesses and Milliken's Tier 1 supply base. TBD
June 12 Milliken Mentorship Program Event Virtual

Unconscious Bias

(9 AM - 11 AM EST)
June 12


July 9 Milliken Mentorship Program Event Spartanburg, SC

Certifications & Capability Statements

(9 AM - 11 AM EST)
July 9


July 15-18 Disability: IN Las Vegas, NV Disability:IN is the leading nonprofit resource for business disability inclusion worldwide. Our network of over 400 corporations expands opportunities for people with disabilities across enterprises. Our central office and 25 Affiliates serve as the collective voice to effect change for people with disabilities in business. July 15-18


July 30-August 2 NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference Palm Springs, CA This globally recognized conference is the largest LGBTQ business event on the planet. The NGLCC Conference delivers innovative leadership programming as well as networking and engagement opportunities for more than 2,000 LGBTQ and allied business leaders. Cutting-edge educational programs include inspiring keynote speakers, the annual B2B Boot Camp for Certified LGBT Business Enterprise® (Certified LGBTBE®) suppliers, a local chamber development track, Marketplace Expo, one-on-one Matchmaker meetings between suppliers and Fortune 500 companies. July 30 - Aug 2


August 15 Milliken Mentorship Program Event Virtual

Google Tools

(9 AM - 11 AM EST)
Aug 15


September 12 Milliken Mentorship Program Event Spartanburg, SC


(9 AM - 11 AM EST)
Sept 12


October 16 Milliken Mentorship Program Event Spartanburg, SC

Unconscious Bias

(9 AM - 11 AM EST)
October 16


October 20-23 NMSDC Conference & Exchange Atlanta, GA "Every year NMSDC host conferences and networking events which attract more than six thousand participants. This conference includes four days in New Orleans turning ideas into action. 50 years of building momentum for economic equity. $1 trillion impact in our sights." October 20-23


November 14 Milliken Mentorship Program Event Virtual Cyber Security
(9 AM - 11 AM EST)
November 14


December 11 Milliken Mentorship Program Event Virtual


(9 AM - 11 AM EST)
Dec 11


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