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 2023

10th Annual Air Force Contacting Summit

July 2023

Disability:IN Annual Conference

February 2023

National 8a Association Small Business Conference

July 2023

NDIA Navy Gold Coast Small Business Procurement Event

March 2023

WBENC National Conference

August 2023

NGLCC International Business and Leadership Event

April 2023

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

August 2023

National HubZone Conference

April 2023

NCAIED: RES - Reservation Economic Summit

September 2023

Air Force Association Air, Space & Cyber Conference

 April - June 2023

WeThrive Program (WBENC)

September 2023

US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) National Conference

April 2023

Space Foundation's Space Symposium

October 2023

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

April 2023

NHOA Small Business Summit

October 2023

NMSDC Conference and Business Opportunity Exchange

May 2023

Diversity Inc Best Practices Top 50 Conference and Dinner

November 2023

NVBDC National Veteran Business Matchmaking Conference & Vets Night Out

May 2023

NVSBC VETS 2023 Conference

November 2023

Defense Tech Connect / SBIR/STTR Fall Innovation Conference

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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We 100 Corporation of the Year 2021
Pacific Southwest Minority Supplier Development Council award
Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council

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 26 Nunn-Perry Awards as a result of excellent performance in mentoring and developing small business capabilities for sustained growth.

Women’s Enterprise Top 100 Corporations of the Year
Listed as one of the 2022 Women’s Enterprise Top 100 Corporations of the Year by WE USA.

Top Companies for Supplier Diversity
Ranked on the 2023 Top Companies for Supplier Diversity by DiversityInc.

Dallas/Fort Worth Minority Supplier Development Council
RTX was also listed as an honoree on DFWMSDC’s Buy Those that Buy Us 2022 list

National Business Inclusion Consortium
2022 Best of the Best Corporations for Inclusion

Military Friendly Supplier Diversity Program
Identified as a 2022 Military Friendly Supplier Diversity Program.

U.S Veterans Magazine
2022 Best of the Best Top Supplier Diversity Programs

Professional Woman’s Magazine
2022 Best of the Best Top Supplier Diversity Programs

Black EOE Journal
2022 Best of the Best Top Supplier Diversity Programs

Hispanic Network Magazine
2022 Best of the Best Top Supplier Diversity Programs

Pacific Southwest Minority Supplier Development Council
Raytheon Missiles & Defense was recognized with a Pacesetter Award in 2022.

Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council
IngaLee Puentes from RTX Corporate was recognized as 2022 Supplier Diversity Advocate of the Year
Pratt & Whitney was recognized as Local Corporation of the Year in 2021.

Minority and Small Business Alliance of Southern Arizona
Andrew Volpendesta of Raytheon Missiles & Defense has been selected as 2022’s Minority and Small Business Advocate by the Minority and Small Business Alliance (MSBA) of Southern Arizona. This is in recognition of his support to the small business community and organizations that foster economic development for minority and small businesses.

Dallas Fort Worth Minority Development Council
Paul Harris of Raytheon Intelligence & Space was selected as 2022’s Supplier Diversity Professional of the Year.

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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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