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Overview: Supplier Diversity Program

For more than 30 years, Washington Gas has been committed to supporting diverse and protected-class businesses through its Supplier Diversity Program. For our company, procuring goods and services from a diverse set of suppliers is simply a sound business practice that produces competition in the marketplace, and benefits our customers, the community and our employees.

Washington Gas has been named one of the 40 Best Companies for Diversity by Black Enterprise Magazine for the past six years. Our efforts have not only been recognized locally and nationally but have led to significant increases in total system procurement from minority businesses, and we continue to foster supplier diversity in our operations. 

Washington Gas has demonstrated its commitment to supplier diversity through partnerships with local government. In February 2009, Washington Gas and other Maryland utilities signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Maryland Public Service Commission, which set a long-term goal of 25% for each utility to spend with minority, women and service-disabled veteran-owned business enterprises. The MOU also required utilities to report the team's annual accomplishments and activities in promoting their supplier diversity programs. In February 2012, Washington Gas and other utilities in Washington, D.C. signed a MOU with the District of Columbia Public Service Commission, which reaffirmed its commitment to work with minority, women and service-disabled veteran-owned business enterprises in Washington, D.C. By setting long-term goals to work with diverse suppliers in Washington, D.C. and Maryland and challenging the company to develop new initiatives, Washington Gas has further demonstrated its commitment to supplier diversity.

Click here to see a list of awards received by the Supplier Diversity Program.

For more information about our Supplier Diversity Program, please contact:
Washington Gas
Attention: Supplier Diversity
6801 Industrial Road
Springfield, VA 22151

Phone: 703-750-4733
Fax: 703-750-4876

Message from the Chairman:
Washington Gas' Commitment to Supplier Diversity

Terry McCallisterSince 1848, Washington Gas has been distributing clean and efficient natural gas safely and reliably to customers in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Washington Gas understands that energy impacts everything we do, our daily lives, our businesses and our communities; therefore, our responsibilities do not end with just providing the commodity. We also have an obligation to provide our customers with answers that help them make smart choices and to enhance the quality of life throughout the communities we serve. Our energy expertise is founded on more than 167 years of history that provides us with unrivaled experience that is fortified by our diverse energy and services offerings, and that is why we are proud to reaffirm our commitment to supplier diversity.

Our policy is to support diverse and protected class businesses in our supply chain practices. This allows Washington Gas to become stronger and enhances our ability to succeed in a challenging business environment. Washington Gas requires that any commodity or service acquired must afford diverse suppliers the opportunity to compete for Washington Gas business. We encourage our suppliers and contractors to utilize the services of diverse suppliers, wherever possible. We draw strength from diverse businesses who deliver superior quality at competitive prices.

Our supplier diversity and strategic sourcing teams work diligently to make sure our corporate policy is followed in all aspects of our procurement activities.

Washington Gas is very proud of our supplier diversity accomplishments and, by teaming with minority businesses, the company helps our customers, our communities and our employees to live better. We will continue our efforts to foster supplier diversity in our operations. 

Terry McCallister
Chairman and CEO
WGL Holdings, Inc. and Washington Gas

Supplier Diversity Initiatives

Supplier Diversity InitiativesOur Supplier Diversity Program plays a vital role in our ability to achieve excellence for all of our stakeholders and the communities we serve. In honoring our commitment to supplier diversity, we have developed initiatives that serve to expand and build upon relationships with diverse suppliers as well as increase their opportunities for growth and enhancement.

The Supplier Diversity team is actively involved with various advocacy groups and business forums dedicated to fostering minority business enterprise development. Through these efforts, Washington Gas is able to meet diverse suppliers, promote our Supplier Diversity Program and share best practices.

Washington Gas supports the following advocacy groups:

  • National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc.
  • Capital Region Minority Supplier Development Council
  • Women’s Business Enterprise National Council
  • Maryland Washington Minority Companies Association, Inc.
  • The Elite Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Network
  • US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Tier 2 Subcontracting Program

Washington Gas maintains a subcontracting program to encourage our prime contractors to utilize certified minority, women and service-disabled veteran-owned business enterprises. Supplier diversity is included in the sourcing process. Washington Gas works closely with prime contractors to provide education and subcontracting opportunities as well as monitor their diversity initiatives. 

For more information, contact:
Washington Gas
Attention: Supplier Diversity
6801 Industrial Road
Springfield, VA 22151

Phone: 703-750-4733
Fax: 703-750-4876

Third-Party Certifying Agencies

The Supplier Diversity team also works closely with a variety of third-party certifying agencies, some of which are listed below, to assist diverse vendors in obtaining timely certification:

  • Capital Region Minority Supplier Development Council
  • Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Maryland Department of Transportation
  • Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority
  • National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc.
  • Veterans Administration
  • Virginia Department of Transportation
  • Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
  • Women Business Enterprise National Council

Click here for a complete list of Third-Party Certifying Agencies.


Below is a list of major categories (but not limited to) of spend at Washington Gas:

  • Advertising and marketing services
  • Automotive vehicles and accessories
  • Building and cleaning services and supplies
  • Construction equipment and supplies
  • Electronic equipment
  • Engineering services
  • Hand tools
  • Human Resources' services
  • Machinery and shop equipment
  • Natural gas
  • Office supplies and equipment
  • Paving services
  • Printing services
  • Power operated tools
  • Security services
  • Underground pipeline contractors

Qualifications and Application Process

Washington Gas’ policy affirms that diverse suppliers will have the opportunity to participate in the sourcing process and have their qualifications and expertise acknowledged.

A prospective contractor must have:

  • Adequate financial resources to perform the contract
  • Ability to complete the contract work on time, within the established budget and in a satisfactory manner
  • Facilities and equipment necessary for production and construction or the ability to obtain them
  • Organizational experience, accounting, operational controls and technical skills
  • Ability to obtain required licenses and permits prior to the beginning of the contract
  • Ability to comply with all Washington Gas standards, procedures, policies, manuals and requirements


Application Process

Certified diverse suppliers interested in registering for future sourcing opportunities at Washington Gas should:

  • Be certified by a third-party agency as a minority, woman or service-disabled veteran-owned business.
  • Complete the supplier registration form.

This information will be kept on file and Washington Gas will evaluate the eligibility of your company for future sourcing opportunities.


For questions, please contact: 
Washington Gas
Attention: Supplier Diversity
6801 Industrial Road
Springfield, VA 22151

Phone: 703-750-4733
Fax: 703-750-4876

Supplier Diversity Recognition

WGL and/or Washington Gas have been recognized with the following nominations and awards for its Supplier Diversity program:


Joan Hairston accepts Supplier Diversity award.
Joan Hairston accepts the award for Minority Supplier Development Leader of the Year for her work with Washington Gas’ Supplier Diversity Program.



  • "Corporation of the Year"
    Maryland/District of Columbia Minority Supplier Development Council 


  • "Best Utility Company of the Year"
    Maryland Washington Minority Contractors' Association
  • Named one of the "40 Best Companies for Diversity" for the sixth consecutive year. Washington Gas/ WGL is the only company recognized for diversity excellence in all four categories.
    Black Enterprise Magazine
  • Nominated as "Corporation of the Year"
    Maryland/DC Minority Supplier Development Council (MSDC)
  • Nominated as "Corporation of the Year"
    National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC).


  • "Supplier Diversity Executive of the Year"
    Minority Enterprise Advocate (MEA)


  • "Corporate Advocate of the Year"
    Women Presidents’ Educational Organization (WPEO) and Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
  • "Black History Hero of the Year"
    Maryland Washington Minority Companies Association (MWMCA)
  • "Trailblazing Women of the Year"
    Educational Alliance
  • "Supplier Diversity Advocate of the Year"
  • Nominated as "Corporation of the Year"
    Capital Region Minority Supplier Development Council (CRMSDC)
  • "Minority Supplier Development Leader of the Year"