Supplier diversity is a business and social imperative at RTX. Our businesses are Collins Aerospace, Pratt & Whitney, and Raytheon. In order to develop innovative solutions for the complex challenges our customers face, we foster an environment of diversity, equity and inclusion that enables us to attract, retain and develop a diverse supply base.

We provide maximum practicable procurement opportunities for small, minority-owned, women-owned, veteran-owned, service-disabled veteran-owned, small disadvantaged, historically underutilized business zone, Native American, Indian tribal-owned, Native Hawaiian, Alaskan Native, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTQ+)-owned and disability-owned businesses. We also seek to provide opportunities for historically black colleges, universities and minority institutions in the areas of technical, engineering and research services.

We address economic equality in our supply chain by evaluating and analyzing our supplier relationships. We are committed to a diverse supply base that reflects the demographics and values of our company, our customers and the communities in which we operate. Supplier diversity is a key part of RTX’s overall strategic plan to advance diversity, equity and inclusion across the company and beyond.

To be eligible for award as a small business, an offeror must represent in good faith that it is a small business by ensuring that all NAICS codes for which the offeror can be certified as small are listed on our Annual Offeror Registration Data, Representations and Certifications (CR-003) form.

Louise Elliott

A unique relationship

Over the 33-year relationship between Port Electronics and RTX, Executive Vice President Louise Elliott has come to value the depth of resources our company provides. “We were a small, disadvantaged business with minority and service-disabled veteran certifications,” she says. “RTX gave us the opportunity to do business with them, along with amazing support through their small business liaison officers and mentorship opportunities. We’ve tailored our business to RTX’s requirements, and we believe that this has been beneficial for our growth and our mutual success.”

Since Elliott and CEO Denise Jones assumed leadership of Port Electronics in 2014, they grew annual sales from $31 million to $100 million. Today the company is the only RTX supplier to have won the Four-Star Award for Excellence for 15 consecutive years. Mentorship programs and agreements for future business have helped Port plan for its future. “These opportunities are unique to our relationship with RTX,” Elliott says. “We don’t have that with any other customer.”

Outreach Events

February 2024

National 8a Association Small Business Conference

July 2024

Disability:IN Annual Conference

February 2024

USPAACC InnovASIAN Conference

July 2024

National HubZone Conference

March 2024

NCAIED: RES - Reservation Economic Summit

August 2024

NGLCC International Business and Leadership Conference

March 2024

WBENC National Conference

September 2024

NDIA Navy Gold Coast Small Business Procurement Event

April 2024

Navy League of the United States Sea Air & Space Conference and Exhibition

October 2024

Air Force Association Air, Space & Cyber Conference

 April 2024

Space Foundation's Space Symposium

October 2024

US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) National Conference

 April - June 2024

WeThrive Program (WBENC)

October 2024

Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting & Exposition (AUSA)

May 2024

Diversity Inc Best Practices Top 50 Conference and Dinner

October 2024

NMSDC Conference and Business Opportunity Exchange

May 2024

NVSBC VETS 2024 Conference

November 2024

NVBDC National Veteran Business Matchmaking Conference & Vets Night Out

June 2024

USPAACC CelebrASIAN Business + Procurement Conference

December 2024

Defense Tech Connect / SBIR/STTR Fall Innovation Conference

July 2024

NMSDC Business Diversity Leadership Summit

 

RTX potential supplier registration

We set clear expectations for our suppliers. As trusted business partners, our suppliers are critical to our ability to continue delivering innovative solutions that exceed expectations for business practices, sustainability and operational excellence. To be considered as a potential supplier for Collins Aerospace, Pratt & Whitney, or Raytheon, complete the registration process via the RTX potential supplier registration link below.

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Awards

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Pacific Southwest Minority Supplier Development Council award

Minority Business News USA and Women’s Enterprise USA
Recognized RTX as a 2023 Best of the Decade Honoree for promoting the value of minority-owned and woman-owned business development and corporate supplier diversity success.

America’s Top Corporation for Women’s Business Enterprises
Awarded as one of the 2023 America’s Top Corporations for WBEs award that honors those corporations who have demonstrated a continuous and growing commitment to creating business opportunities for women-owned businesses.

DoD Mentor Protégé Program Nunn-Perry Award
Received 27 Nunn-Perry Awards as a result of excellent performance in mentoring and developing small business capabilities for sustained growth. 

Top Companies for Supplier Diversity
Ranked on the 2023 Top Companies for Supplier Diversity by DiversityInc/Fair360 

Military Friendly Supplier Diversity Program
Identified as a 2023 Military Friendly Supplier Diversity Program.

National Business Inclusion Consortium
2023 Best of the Best Corporations for Inclusion

U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Supplier Diversity Champion
RTX was recognized with USPAACC’s Supplier Diversity Champions Award in 2023.

U.S. Veterans Magazine
2023 Best of the Best Top Supplier Diversity Programs

Professional Woman’s Magazine
2023 Best of the Best Top Supplier Diversity Programs

Black EOE Journal
2023 Best of the Best Top Supplier Diversity Programs

Hispanic Network Magazine
2023 Best of the Best Top Supplier Diversity Programs

Pacific Southwest Minority Supplier Development Council
Raytheon was recognized with a Pacesetter Award in 2023.

Supply Chain Diversity Excellence Awards
RTX was recognized in Supplier.io’s first annual Supply Chain Diversity Excellence Awards which celebrates the companies making an economic impact through supplier diversity.

Dallas-Fort Worth Minority Supplier Development Council
Raytheon was listed on DFWMSDCs Buy Those That Buy Us List

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Supplier Diversity FAQs

Get answers to the most frequently asked questions about supplier diversity.

 

What happens after I register in the potential supplier registration portal?

Upon registering you will receive an email confirmation acknowledging that your information has been added into our system. RTX employees will have access to this system to search for prospective suppliers as sourcing opportunities arise. Be sure to visit the site periodically and update your profile. Supplier profiles should include all of your company’s capabilities. Please note, completing the registration does not guarantee business with RTX but does provide visibility regarding your company's capabilities to our procurement teams.

What type of business qualifies for inclusion in our supplier diversity program?

We welcome all competitive suppliers to support our many requirements at RTX. To participate in our supplier diversity program you must be certified or qualified as a small and/or diverse supplier. Our diverse supply chain enables us to be agile, innovative and cost-competitive as we work together to solve problems and develop solutions addressing our customers' greatest challenges. As a result, we are looking for suppliers who are cost competitive, capable and consistently able to meet or exceed expectations.


What certifications are necessary to participate in our supplier diversity program?

As prime contractors to the U.S. Government, RTX satisfies the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) certification and Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) requirements. If a small business is located in a HUBZone, that company must be certified through the SBA in order for us to demonstrate compliance with the FAR. Small businesses, woman-owned small businesses, veteran-owned small businesses or service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses, and small disadvantaged businesses can self-certify their size and designation on the U.S. SBA System for Award Management.

Suppliers identifying to RTX as minority-owned, woman-owned, veteran-owned, disability-owned or LGBTQ+-owned, are also strongly encouraged to obtain certification through a third party, such as a government agency, National Minority Supplier Development Council, Women Business Enterprise National Council, National Veteran Business Development Council, Disability:IN, National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, or another accredited certifying agency.


How do I get SBA certified?

First you must qualify as a small business. The Small Business Administration’s Table of Small Business Size Standards defines whether a business entity is small. For information on size standards, visit the U.S. Small Business Administration. Then, to apply for certification, you must complete the proper U.S. SBA application forms which are available online.

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