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Diversity Supplier Guidelines

Requirements and Definitions For the United States and Canada

Lear defines minority-owned businesses as being at least 51% owned and controlled by one or more individuals from any one or more of the following groups:

  • Minority-Owned Business Enterprise (MBE)
  • African, Asian Indian, Asian Pacific, Hispanic, Native American, Canadian Aboriginals
  • Non-Minority Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE)
  • Small Business Administration (SBA)
  • Small Business Certified, Small Disadvantaged Business
  • Veteran-owned Small Business
  • Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business, Women-owned Business

Lear defines women-owned businesses as at least 51% owned and controlled by one or more women.

Those who wish to have the designation as a diversity supplier to Lear must acquire and maintain valid certification(s) from one or more of the listed agencies or organizations. In certain situations, additional certifications may be required from more than one source:

  • The Small Business Administration
  • The NMSDC or affiliate regional councils or sub-groups
  • Other appropriate United States governmental agencies
  • State/Provincial or local governmental agencies
  • The WBENC
  • The NWBOC
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