Small Business/Supplier Diversity Program
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Maersk Line, Limited (MLL) is fully committed to using Small Businesses (including Alaskan Native Corporations and Indian Tribes), Veteran-Owned Small Businesses, Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses, HUBZone Small Businesses, Small Disadvantaged Businesses, Women-Owned Business Concerns, and Historically Black Colleges or Universities and Minority Institutions in performance of our contracts. We seek companies that provide products and services that meet our high standards of quality, competitive pricing and service. We encourage all such suppliers to provide their qualifications via our Supplier Registration Process.
MLL has formalized its commitment to using small businesses in our “Statement of Corporate Policy for the Utilization of Small Businesses in Subcontracting.” This policy is fully supported at all levels of our corporate culture. As stated in this policy, “the objective of the MLL Small Business program is to promote, encourage, and support opportunities for small businesses to participate in our purchases and subcontracting carried out in support of our contracts with the U.S. Government.” MLL considers small businesses for all subcontracting opportunities.
We access, the National Minority Purchasing Council Vendor Information Service, and the Research and Information Division of the Minority Business Development Agency databases, to identify small, HUBZone small, small disadvantaged, and women-owned small business concerns.
To qualify for participation in our Small Business/ Supplier Diversity program, you must meet the Small Business Administration (SBA) definition of a small business and meet at least one of the following criteria:
- Veteran-Owned Business (VO): a small business that is at least 51% unconditionally owned by one or more veterans, or any publicly owned business in which at least 51% of the stock is unconditionally owned by one or more veterans; and whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more veterans.
- Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business (SDVO): a small business that is at least 51% unconditionally owned by one or more service-disabled veterans, with a disability that is service connected, or a publicly owned business in which at least 51% of the stock is unconditionally owned by one or more service-disabled veterans; and whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more service-disabled veterans or the spouse or permanent caregiver of a veteran with a permanent and severe disability.
- Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB): is a small business at least 51 percent unconditionally owned by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.
- HUBZone Business: a small business located in a “historically underutilized business zone,” owned and controlled by one or more U.S. citizens, and with at least 35% of its employees residing in a HUBZone. The SBA must certify small businesses that claim HubZone status.
- Woman-Owned Business (WOSB): a small business concern that is at least 51% owned by one or more women, or a publicly-owned business of which at least 51% of the stock is owned by one or more women; and whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more women.
All U.S. suppliers should register at the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) site at www.ccr.gov. To determine whether or not you are considered a small, small disadvantaged, small woman-owned, small veteran, small service-disabled veteran or small HUBZone business for a particular NAICS code, visit www.sba.gov or contact the U.S. Small Business Administration office in your area for assistance.