Q. How would you classify FirstEnergy's Supplier Diversity Program?

A. FirstEnergy has an active Supplier Diversity Program. The Strategy & Planning group within FirstEnergy's Supply Chain group is charged with helping ensure that FirstEnergy's business decisions help empower a diversity of people.


Q. What is the best method for a small and diverse firm to start a business relationship with a FirstEnergy company?

A. Please complete the Supplier Registration Profile Form, located on the Supplier Registration page and e-mail it to supplierdiversity@firstenergycorp.com.


Q. How do people who purchase goods and services for FirstEnergy know about its diversity sourcing commitment?

A. Sourcing personnel and many end users at FirstEnergy are trained on our Supplier Diversity Program every year.  In addition, all sourcing personnel have search capabilities on the FirstEnergy Supplier Registration site and can access company profiles by keyword or North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) search.


Q. I used to do business with one of the companies that now make up FirstEnergy. Does that matter?

A. FirstEnergy is interested in the past experience of any firm that is interested in renewing a business relationship with us. Please note any past relationship with a FirstEnergy company on your registration form. Sourcing decisions will be based on a review of all pertinent information provided.


Q. Does FirstEnergy have minority set-asides or spend quotas?

A. FirstEnergy does not have set-asides or spend quotas. We are interested in locating, qualifying and doing business with the very best suppliers available.


Q. How does FirstEnergy source diverse suppliers in the communities it serves?

A. FirstEnergy actively supports supplier diversity initiatives at the federal, state and local level. We collaborate with various diversity-related advocacy organizations throughout our service territory. Some of the organizations we work with include:

  • Edison Electric Institute's Minority Business Development Committee
  • Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
  • National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC)
  • U.S. Small Business Administration
  • New Jersey Board of Public Utilities Supplier Diversity Development Council
  • New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners
  • Minority Supplier Development Council of PA-NJ-DE
  • Women's Business Enterprise Council of PA-NJ-DE
  • Northern Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council (NOMSDC)
  • Public Utility Commission of Ohio Gate Council
  • Cleveland Commission on Economic Partnership & Inclusion
  • Cleveland BLACKPages
  • Northeast Ohio Procurement Technical Assistance Center
  • Toledo Chamber of Commerce
  • Hispanic Business Association Chamber of Commerce
  • Current list of organizations as of 02/26/2011.