Inclusive Practices

The Bright Horizons community is a vibrant tapestry made of children, families, employees, and suppliers who represent many different cultures, backgrounds, and experiences. We strive to create a culture that values and includes every individual and celebrates unique differences. Our commitment to diversity is fundamental to supporting the success of our company, so that we may understand and respond to the challenges of our clients, the needs of the families whom we serve, and the evolving goals of our employees. Our commitment to diversity is part of our HEART principles, which support our mission to provide the highest-quality early care and education so that we may make a difference in the lives of children, families, and communities.

We commit to:

Act deliberately to embrace diversity at all levels of the organization and encourage inclusion and respect by providing continuing diversity education and ongoing support to our employees. Celebrate and value all people by expanding our understanding of diversity to include all races, cultures, religions, abilities, sexual orientation, age, family structure, gender, ethnicity, economic status and appearance. Help our clients around the world who have increasingly diverse workforces achieve their business objectives and have our centers represent and honor the diversity of the children and families whom we serve The identification of small and diverse suppliers that add value to our business and help us achieve our long-term business objectives.

Supplier Diversity Program

The Bright Horizons Supplier Diversity Program was formally established in January 2007. Our program includes, but is not limited to,

1. Supporting external supplier diversity organizations such as,

  • The Small Business Administration (SBA)
  • The National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC)
  • The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)

2. Participating in supplier diversity events

3. Promoting supplier diversity on our Website

4. Reviewing key performance indicators with department heads within the domestic US operations

5. Creating an internal marketing campaign for Supplier Diversity

6. Formal executive support for the Supplier Diversity Program

7. Understanding and developing Supplier Diversity outside of the domestic US


To identify small and minority-owned suppliers and suppliers that demonstrate a commitment to inclusion and diversity through their organizations’ policies and practices. Included in our Program are:

  • Certified minority-owned businesses, small and large
  • Certified woman-owned businesses, small and large
  • Certified small disadvantaged businesses
  • Small veteran-owned and service disabled veteran-owned businesses
  • Small, certified HUBZone businesses
  • Gay and lesbian-owned businesses

The Diversity Council meets on a regular basis to review diversity initiatives throughout our organization. Diversity within the supplier base is one of many facets of that review process. Supplier participation is measured against the total spend of our Organization and broken out within each Department represented in the US operations. Progress is measured quarterly and benchmarked against previous results.

Additional Information

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To learn more about Bright Horizons’ opportunities for Suppliers, please contact:

Procurement Department
200 Wells Ave.
Newton, MA 02459

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