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Supplier Diversity

Sonoco believes that to achieve our goals relating to sustainability, it is critical that we establish a capable, qualified, competitive and diverse team of suppliers.

As a supplier, you are expected to conduct your business with integrity and with a focus on environmental stewardship. We also expect suppliers to place a strong emphasis on quality, service, cost savings, innovative solutions and technology.

Learn more about doing business with Sonoco.

To Qualify as a Diverse Supplier

Sonoco defines minority and women-owned businesses as:
  • A company that is at least 51% owned, managed and controlled by one or more minority persons who are U.S. citizens. In this context, a minority person is an African American, Asian-Indian American, Asian-Pacific American, Hispanic American or Native American.
  • A company that is at least 51% owned, managed and controlled by one or more women who are U.S. citizens.
Sonoco recognizes certification of diverse businesses from the following organizations:
  • U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) - Small disadvantaged and Section 8(a) businesses
  • National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) or any regional council - Minority-owned businesses
  • Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) or any of its partner organizations - Women-owned businesses

Read our supplier standards.

Please be aware that we expect each of our suppliers to be certified with the regional council. Contact the council and find out how to be certified. You can also call the council at 704-549-1000 for information.

Sonoco's leadership team and its supply management group are committed to identifying and developing partnerships with qualified minority- and women-owned suppliers based on receiving the best value. Read a letter from our CEO about supplier diversity.

Assistance from the Supplier Diversity Team

Sonoco's supply management will provide you with any information you need about our supplier diversity program. If you'd like to be considered as a Sonoco supplier, please register here. Your information will be routed internally and if there is a good fit, we will contact you soon.

We also encourage you to contact us so we can direct you to the appropriate purchasing representative.

Corporate Supply Management – J22
1 North Second Street
Hartsville, SC 29550
Director, Supplier Diversity