Bristol-Myers Squibb recognizes that diverse talents and perspectives are vital to achieve success, particularly as our company reaches out to serve the needs of all of our customers. Simply put, we look to obtain high quality goods, services and materials from companies that are owned by minorities, women, veterans, disabled and lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender or others representing our nation's diversity. In addition, we encourage partnerships with qualified small businesses and companies located in HUBZones—distressed communities with high unemployment rates and low median household incomes—in order to encourage economic development to make a positive difference.
To our global communities, we promote conscientious citizenship that improves health and promotes sustainability in our communities. In addition, we take our commitment to economic, social and environmental sustainability seriously, and extend this expectation to our partners and suppliers.