Supplier Diversity Program
Diverse Suppliers stands for minority, women, and disabled veteran business enterprises.
In response to A.B. 3678, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) issued General Order 156 (GO-156) effective May 30, 1988. GO-156 established uniform rules and guidelines for governing the development of utilities Women and Minority Business Enterprises (WMBE) Programs. In June 1992, the GO-156 was amended to include Service Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises (DVBEs) into the WMBE Program which is now known as the utility Supplier Diversity Program. Today, the Company's Supplier Diversity Program covers not only its California service area but also its Nevada and Arizona service areas.
Southwest Gas' Supplier Diversity Program has taken advantage of the phenomenal population growth in the Company's service areas to create business opportunities for Diverse Suppliers. These business opportunities support the program's theme "There is a network of helping hands behind every genuine success."