We continually seek to grow and develop our supplier base, which we strive to ensure is representative of the diversity our community, our members, and our employees.

We also our proud to be a leader in buying from Rhode Island businesses, as well as supporting regional and national businesses. In fact, 50% of our vendors are local. By purchasing local goods and services we put $34 million annually into the state’s economy. When we invest locally, the Rhode Island economy improves, and a stronger economy is good for the health of all our communities.

What we purchase

As an organization helping nearly 400,000 members, we purchase a variety of products and services, including:

  • Advertising and marketing services
  • Computer hardware, software supplies, and services
  • IT contingent labor services
  • Printing
  • Promotional items
  • Staffing solutions

Supplier requirements

To support BCBSRI’s goal of providing great value to our customers every day, our suppliers must demonstrate:

  • Financial stability
  • Proven history of successful projects
  • Ability to provide high-quality, cost-competitive products and services
  • Ability to scale their business and services to adapt to BCBSRI’s evolving needs
  • A record of and commitment to acting in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations, in addition to maintaining the highest standards of business ethics

Learn more

If you are interested in being a supplier or already are a supplier, please login in to our supplier portal.

Registering with BCBSRI will not automatically guarantee a business opportunity. We will contact suppliers that meet our criteria if we have an appropriate business opportunity.

BCBSRI Vendor Code of Conduct

For our vendors to understand our standards and expectations, BCSRI has an established Vendor Code of Conduct, which requires each of our vendors, at a minimum, to act in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations when providing services to BCBSRI. The code reflects our own high standards, which embrace internationally recognized principles designed to protect the interests of the workers who develop and provide services to BCBSRI. These principles have been informed by, and in many instances incorporate, human rights, labor rights, and anti-corruption standards enunciated by the United Nations and other respected international bodies.

BCBSRI requires that all services provided and or produced meet specific criteria, as set forth below:

Compliance with applicable laws and regulations

Our vendors must comply with all applicable laws and regulations, including, but not limited to, all laws, regulations, and internationally adopted restrictions concerning bribery and corruption.

Health and safety

Our vendors must provide their workers with safe and healthy conditions, including in any living facilities that may be provided.

Child labor

Our vendors must not use child labor. The term “child” is defined as anyone younger than 15 years of age (or younger than 14 years of age where the law of the country of manufacture allows 14-year-olds to work). However, in countries where the legal age for completing compulsory education is higher than 15, then we define “child” as anyone younger than the age for completing compulsory education.

Forced labor

Our vendors must not use voluntary or involuntary prison labor, indentured labor, bonded labor, labor acquired through slavery or human trafficking, or any forms of involuntary or forced labor.

Wages and benefits

Our vendors must abide with all applicable laws relating to wages and benefits, and our vendors must abide with all applicable laws relating to wages and benefits, and must pay the legally prescribed minimum wage or the prevailing industry wage, whichever is higher.

Working hours

Our vendors must not require their employees, on a regularly scheduled basis, to work in excess of 60 hours per week (or fewer hours if prescribed by applicable laws and regulations). All overtime must be voluntary and must be fully compensated in accordance with the requirements of local law, and except in extraordinary circumstances, employees must be entitled to at least one day of rest in every seven-day period.

Harassment or abuse

Our vendors must respect the rights and dignity of their employees. We will not tolerate human rights abuses, including physical, sexual, psychological, or verbal harassment or abuse of workers.


Workers must be employed, retained, and compensated based on their ability to perform their jobs, and must not be discriminated against on the basis of gender, race, color, national origin, age, religious, ethnic or cultural beliefs, or any other prohibited basis.

Freedom of association

Our vendors must respect the rights of their workers to choose (or choose not) to freely associate and to bargain collectively where such rights are recognized by law.


Our vendors must be in compliance with all applicable environmental laws and regulations. Our vendors are strongly encouraged to protect the environment by: operating in a sustainable manner, where possible; conserving and protecting resources, such as water and energy; and taking into consideration environmental issues that may impact local communities.


Our vendors must ensure that all subcontractors and any other third parties they use in the production or distribution of services offered comply with the principles described in this code of conduct.

Monitoring and compliance

BCBSRI or its designated third-party auditor or agent shall have the right to monitor and assess compliance with these principles. Our vendors must be transparent and honest in all communications with BCBSRI, our auditors, and agents. A violation of this code of conduct may result in required corrective action, cancellation of purchase order(s), and/or termination of the business relationship.

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