Supplier Diversity

Astellas’ Small and Diverse Supplier Program

Astellas encourages and welcomes a diverse supply base as part of its commitment to diversity and inclusion. This ensures that these often-marginalized individuals and companies are included and play a role in our vision to turn innovative science into value for patients, irrespective of race, nationality, gender, or age. We recognize that diverse suppliers bring unique backgrounds, experiences and perspectives, which are critical contributors to our ecosystem of value.

Astellas is expanding its diversity efforts by formally launching the Astellas Small and Diverse Supplier Program. These actions are being undertaken in accordance with Astellas’ Sustainable Procurement Strategy to contribute to society and evolve into a model that inspires trust, collaboration, and creates a positive impact on communities.

Furthermore, these efforts are aligned with Astellas’ policy to provide fair and equitable opportunity to all qualified businesses who seek consideration as potential suppliers to Astellas. This program aims to include a broader range of traditionally excluded supplier groups, creating growth and development prospects for these suppliers. We will initially focus on the United States prior to expanding into other countries in the coming years.

Our Objectives

  • Encourage our key suppliers to implement a small business and/or diverse supplier program, while collecting and sharing valid third-party certifications.
  • Embolden our key suppliers to embed social procurement practices within their own supply chain and provide solutions to Astellas that create additional value for local communities.
  • Promote certified, diverse suppliers who can provide competitive, high-quality goods and services to Astellas.
    Ensure the inclusion of diverse and small suppliers as part of our sourcing and procurement process.
  •  Request our key suppliers to submit Tier 2 diverse spend reports annually that are attributable to the Astellas contract.
  •  Disclose the value of supplier diversity, both internally and externally to all stakeholders.

United States Program Overview and Requirements

Diversity & inclusion.

Astellas has a long-standing U.S. Small Business Program in place that observes the guidelines established by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. Astellas requires businesses categorized as diverse to be 3rd-party certified. In the US, a diverse business is 51% or more owned, operated, and managed by a US citizen or US permanent resident  who fall under one or more of the following categories:


  • Minority Business Enterprise (MBE)
  • Woman Business Enterprise (WBE)
  • Veteran Owned Business Enterprise (VBE)
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender (LGBT)
  • Small Business (SB)
  • Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB)
  • Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB)
  • Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB)
  • Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SD-VOSB)
  • Historically Underutilized Business Zone Business (HUBZone)

International Requirements

Astellas adheres to Japan’s Subcontract Act and is rapidly expanding internationally to other countries, aligning our corporate mission to impact diversity and inclusion globally. Diverse and small business focus areas will vary depending on country guidelines and regulations.

Tier 2 Relationships

To help us achieve our supplier diversity goals, we request that our key suppliers seek Tier 2 relationships with businesses owned by: minorities, women, veterans, service-disabled veterans, individuals who identify as LGBT, individuals with disabilities, as well as small, HUBZone-certified, and small disadvantaged businesses (SDB). This participation demonstrates added value on the part of our key suppliers, henceforth requiring our key suppliers to submit Tier 2 diverse spend reports annually that are attributable to the Astellas contract.


Our Small and Diverse Supplier Program is administered by Astellas Global Procurement, in alignment with our Engagement, Diversity, & Inclusion mission, and is embedded in our Procurement ways of working. If you would like to be considered for future opportunities with Astellas, please follow the guidance below.


  1. Please click here to contact us and submit a general capability statement about your company which outlines your qualifications and what differentiates your company
  2. Please enclose a copy of your valid certification to ensure your organization qualifies as a small/diverse supplier. Astellas prefers the following certifications for diverse suppliers:


NMSDC and Regional Affiliates (MBE)


WBENC and Regional Affiliates (WBE)


Disability: IN (DISABLED)


Small Business Administration (SBA)

US Department of Transportation (DOT)


If these are not available, please upload other relevant documentation

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