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Supplier Diversity

Nicor Gas does business with many contractors and suppliers. We are committed to developing relationships with and increasing opportunities for diverse suppliers that provide quality, competitive prices and services for all of its subsidiaries.

Our Supplier Diversity program is based upon four foundational principles: Advocacy, Development, Procurement and Reporting. We are committed to advocating both internally and externally the use of diverse suppliers, developing them through mentoring, education and training opportunities, procuring goods and services through a diverse network of business partners, and reporting our progress through internal and external mechanisms to ensure our accountability is measured. Together, these principles set the foundation for our success.

We are committed to doing business with a diverse group of qualified companies that reflect our customer base and the areas we serve. If you are a diverse supplier and would like more information on becoming a business partner with us, click here.

Nicor Gas is a proud member of Illinois Utilities Business Diversity Council. The council was formed in June 2015 and was created to grow business opportunities for diverse suppliers through closer collaboration, technical development and sharing of best practices.

Questions? Click here for a list of frequently asked questions and answers.

Recent Events

Illinois Utilities Business Diversity Council Holds Inaugural Event
The recently formed Illinois Utilities Business Diversity Council (IUBDC) held its inaugural event centered on creating strategies to increase business opportunities for diverse suppliers through closer collaboration, technical development and sharing of best practices.

More than 20 diverse businesses participated in the half-day event, which included panel discussions providing information about best practices, navigating diverse supplier processes and creating awareness of opportunities for suppliers to work together. It concluded with a networking event where the diverse business participants mingled with company representatives, advocacy leaders and panel participants.

“Through our commitment to the IUBDC, we will enhance our individual business diversity efforts, make a greater impact in fueling our state’s economy, and honor the core values of each of our companies,” said Melvin D. Williams, president of Nicor Gas and chair of the board of directors of the IUBDC.

Diverse Business Matchmaking Event
More than 100 attendees, including local business leaders, legislators, current and potential contractors, vendors and professional service companies recently gathered at our Naperville headquarters for a diverse business matchmaking event. This event, the first of its kind, is part of an ongoing effort to develop relationships and increase contract opportunities for minority, women and veteran-owned business partners who provide quality, value and cost-effective services. Learn More

Construction & Engineering Summit
Nicor Gas and the Supplier Diversity team of its parent company hosted a Construction & Engineering Summit for Diverse Suppliers. The event highlighted opportunities for veteran-, minority- and female- owned businesses to do business with Nicor Gas on projects in capital construction, engineering, operations and maintenance areas.

With nearly 250 prospective partners in attendance, the summit was supported by the Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce, the Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council, the Hispanic American Construction Industry Association, the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Federation of Women Contractors.

For more information on the Construction & Engineering Summit, opportunities available or information on registering to become a diverse supplier, please click here.