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Supplier Diversity

Supplier diversity enhances our corporate relationships and contributes to our ability to better understand and serve our broad spectrum of customers.

CEO Statement

“At Cigna, we have a longstanding and deep commitment to being a leader in making a positive impact on society. 

In support of our mission to improve the health and vitality of those we serve, we rely on the power of diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. Our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) is reflected in every area of our business, and firmly rooted in our company’s values. While our work is not done, we are proud of our progress, including our support for minority- and women-owned businesses. We continue expanding our annual diverse supplier spending, as well as partnering with diverse entrepreneurial businesses through our Cigna Supplier Mentor Protégé Program.

Our more than 70,000 co-workers around the world are united in embracing the opportunity we have to be a driving force for change, not just within our company or our industry, but across all the communities we’re privileged to serve.”

David Cordani
Chairman and CEO, Cigna

Supplier Diversity at Cigna

Cigna believes the success of minority- and women-owned businesses and other under-represented suppliers adds to our success and to that of the communities we serve. By partnering with these suppliers, we can foster the growth of these businesses while ensuring the long-term growth of Cigna. Our supplier diversity program is designed to engage suppliers who share our commitment to integrity, quality, and efficiency and continue to support Cigna's purchasing needs.

To be considered as a supplier, register through the Supplier Diversity Portal. For more information on the program, contact us.

Supplier Diversity Organizations

Cigna has a long history with Supplier Diversity with deep roots that date back to the 1970s. We are a corporate member of the following national organizations:

  • National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC)
  • Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
  • National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)
  • Disability:IN
  • National Veteran Business Development Council (NVBDC)

These organizations provide a direct link between corporate America and diverse suppliers. It is our goal to continue to cultivate these alliances to ensure an equal opportunity for all companies who want to do business with Cigna.


Cigna's Supplier Diversity program recognizes the following diverse-owned business classifications:

  • Minority-owned Business Enterprise (MBE)
  • Women-owned Business Enterprises (WBE)
  • Veteran-owned Business Enterprises (VBE)
  • Service-Disabled Veteran-owned Business Enterprise (SDVBE)
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans-owned Business Enterprise (LGBT)
  • Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE)
  • Small Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (SDB)
  • Disability-owned Business Enterprise (DIS)
  • Small Business Association Business Development Program (SBA-8a)
  • Historically underutilized zones (HubZone)
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU)
  • Program that supports hiring the disabled (AbilityOne – JWOD)
  • Small Business Enterprises (SBE)

Mentor Protégé Program

In 2016 Cigna launched its Cigna Supplier Mentor Protégé’ Program (CSMPP). CSMPP is an 18-month program.

Participants in the program are diverse suppliers who are paired with Cigna executives to develop strategies to strengthen and expand their businesses.

Throughout the 18 months, protégés have one-on-one monthly meetings with their dedicated mentor and once each quarter protégés attend onsite forums to learn about industry best practices from subject matter experts.

Cigna is very proud of the program and is committed to the goal of helping protégé companies grow their businesses so they can continue to contribute to their local communities.

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