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Cox Supplier Diversity Program

Cox Supply chain logo

Cox believes that diversity improves our business, strengthens our communities and contributes to the economic well-being of an increased number of businesses and their employees. We value and encourage the use of qualified minority-owned (MBE); women-owned (WBE); lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT); veteran, service disabled veterans, and disability businesses in our company-wide purchasing process. We seek to form mutually beneficial partnerships with suppliers who offer high-quality products or services that are competitively priced and come with excellent customer service.

For the purpose of this program, a qualified business enterprise is defined as a business that is at least 51 percent owned, operated and controlled by one or more of the following groups, who are either U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents, and has its principal place of business (headquarters) in the United States. In the case of publicly owned businesses, a member or members of diverse groups below must own at least 51 percent of the stock.


  • Minority Groups (MBE) – A minority person is a member of the African American, Asian Pacific American, Hispanic American, Native American, and Asian-Indian Americans, and Alaskan ethnic group
  • Women-owned (WBE)
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender (LGBT)
  • Disability (DOBE)
  • Veteran Owned (VBE)
  • Veteran Disability-Owned (V-DOBE)
  • Service Disabled Veteran (SDV-DOBE)

The supplier diversity program is led and executed by the strategic sourcing and procurement team within supply chain management. Please reach out to CoxSupplierDiversity@cox.com with questions.

“We strive to provide best-in-class products and services for our customers, and we’re proud to work with innovative, diverse-owned suppliers who share that same goal,” said company George Richter, SVP Supply Chain Management. “We make it a priority to work with diverse-owned businesses and will continue to invest in the inspired talent and innovation diverse suppliers have to offer.”

Supplier Code of Conduct

Cox Communications, Inc. is committed to honesty, integrity and fair dealings in all of our business operations — it is the foundation of our success. We value your business and trust that your company shares our commitment to doing business right. We expect our vendors to adopt their own, comparable ethical principles and adhere to our Supplier Code of Conduct.

Tips for Doing Business with Cox

  • Get to Know Cox – Learn the industry and understand how we work
  • Patience Please – Cox only sources suppliers and executes contracts when there is an imminent need for products or services
  • Market Effectively – Target the appropriate stakeholders, schedule meetings in advance, and prepare for them
  • Meet Requirements – Be flexible on meeting Cox requirements (insurance requirements, payment terms, etc.) to put your firm in the best position to win business
  • No Guarantees – A meeting with a stakeholder does not equal a contract awarded
  • Register – Sign your business up on www.cox.com supplier pages so our Supply Chain is aware your business and your capabilities

Registration Tips: Complete all required fields, list all of your capabilities, if you’re not certified, get certified!

What We Buy

  • Amplifiers
  • Backbone Routers
  • Cable Modems
  • CMTS
  • Coax Cable
  • Construction & Maintenance
  • Core/Edge & Access Routers
  • CPE (Customer Premises Equipment)
  • Data Center Servers
  • DWDM
  • Facilities Management
  • Feeders
  • Fiber
  • Field Services
  • Gateways
  • HR Services
  • IT Services
  • Marketing Services
  • Nodes
  • OLTs
  • ONUs
  • Optics
  • Power Cords
  • Professional Consulting Services
  • Remote Controls
  • Routers
  • Set-Top Boxes
  • Software
  • Splitters
  • Taps
  • Temporary Staffing Services
  • Transport Gear
  • Trunks
  • Wifi Extenders

Supplier Scholarship Program

The Cox Communications Diverse Supplier Scholarship Program provides continuing education opportunities for small, diverse-owned businesses to fuel growth. The program is building a stronger diverse supplier network that reinforces Cox’s commitment to strengthening diverse (women, LGBTQ, veteran, disabled and minority-owned) businesses across our value chain. Cox Communications is continuously expanding the program partnership with our five education partners.

UNLV Lee Business School

Arizona State University Thunderbird Management

Council for Supplier Diversity

Delgado Community College

Old Dominion University

"Attending the diversity supplier series for small business leaders was one of the most valuable uses of my time in 2018. As a small business owner the information provided was invaluable. The engaging and highly educated speakers applied real-life business practicum and principles that made the application of content to my day to day business effective and seamless. Not to mention, networking in the small intimate class setting with other CEOs allowed us to ask questions and support each other in situations that were new to us in business or needed an overhaul. It was refreshing to gain different perspective from other CEOs and ask questions in regard to current business situations to develop solutions that work. I have already implemented strategies and lessons learned from the courses and have seen a significant improvement in my own business process. I can’t recommend dedicating the time to business growth by attending this course enough.”


Sara Brown, CEO
Sara Brown Events

“Cox’s High Performing Supplier Program was engaging, interactive, education and tailored for C suite level management.  The program and the content allowed Cat Communication to laser focus on operations, fiscal management and sales channels to maximize our business results for our most productive year yet. In turn be a  better business partner for Cox going forward”

Cathy Tank
Cat Communication

Diversity Inc

The DiversityInc Top Companies for Supplier Diversity is a subset of the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity & Inclusion list. The list is based on metrics-driven evaluation of over 1,800 companies to reflect how businesses are adopting world-class supplier diversity strategies. Cox Communications was awarded the #4 and #5 Company for Supplier Diversity in 2017 and 2018, respectively due to significant growth in diverse supplier spend and leading strategies in supplier diversity programs, accountability, and support.

Diversity Inc Top 50 2019
Diversity Inc Top 50 2018


Segment(s) Supported

National Minority Supplier Development Council (“NMSDC”)

Minority Business Enterprise

Women Business Enterprise National Council (“WBENC”)

Women Business Enterprise

US Department of Veteran’s Affairs (“VA”)

Veteran/SD Veteran Business Enterprise

National Veterans Business Development Council (“NVBDC”)

Veteran/SD Veteran Business Enterprise

National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (“NGLCC”)

LGBTQ Business Enterprise

Disability: In

Disabled Owned Business Enterprise

Government (e.g. CA Supplier Clearinghouse)


Regional affiliate chapters of the organizations above also accepted. Some state and local government certifications accepted – contact program manager for details.


National Minority Supplier Development Council (“NMSDC”)


Women Business Enterprise National Council (“WBENC”)


National Veterans Business Development Council (“NVBDC”)

Dept of Veteran Affairs

US Department of Veteran’s Affairs (“VA”)

Disability: IN

Disability: In

Supplier cleaning house

Government (e.g. CA Supplier Clearinghouse)


National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (“NGLCC”)