Diverse Business Partners Program
Our Supplier Diversity Program, also known as Diverse Business Partners, seeks to promote efficiency and profitability for Major League Baseball and it's Clubs while extending Baseball's ability to contribute to the economic growth, strength and well-being of diverse communities.
MLB has been at the forefront of professional sports in recognizing the importance of diversity, both on and off the field. In 1998, Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig, authorized the creation of the DBP program, an economically driven business initiative established to cultivate new and existing partnerships with minority- and women-owned businesses, by increasing opportunities for minorities and women to participate in the procurement activities of MLB.
In October 2001, MLB announced an aggressive new public phase of the program, expanding its outreach efforts in order to raise additional awareness for the program and show interested vendors how they can participate.
Since the formation and initial implementation stages of the DBP program in 1998, MLB has incurred expenditures over $1 billion with diverse-owned businesses, making DBP an industry-leading program. The program has grown since its beginning to not just include minority and women owned businesses but also veteran-owned, LGBT-owned businesses and small businesses.