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Diversity business classifications - self attestation now available in Partner Center

Diversity is a growing focus area within the wide world of compliance.  Help Microsoft foster and enable inclusive economic opportunities by answering a few questions about your partner organization within your company profile in Partner Center (Account Admin role required to access).


The following classifications are defined as a diverse-owned business in the United States.  Please note:  *Certain diversity business classifications may become available for partners to self-attest in geographies outside of US in the future:

  • Minority-Owned Business Enterprise (MBE)

    A minority-owned business (may be large or small) is defined as a business that is owned, managed, and controlled 51% or more by one or more persons who identifies with one or more of the following ethnicities/ racial categories: African American or Black, Asian, Hispanic or Latino, Middle Eastern or North African, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, Native American or Alaska Native.

  • Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE)*

    A woman-owned business (may be large or small) is defined as a business that is owned, managed, and controlled 51% or more by one or more women.

  • Veteran-Owned Business Enterprise (VBE)

    A veteran-owned business (may be large or small) is defined as a business that is owned, managed, and controlled 51% or more by one or more veterans.

  • Disability-Owned Business Enterprise (DOBE)*

    A business that is at least 51% owned, managed, and controlled by one or more individuals with a disability.

  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ)-Owned Business Enterprise

    A LGBTQ-owned business is defined as a business that is at least 51% owned, operated, managed, and controlled by an LGBTQ person or persons.

If your business does not meet the 51% diverse-owned business classifications because institutional investors contribute a majority of the company's equity, and the company's management or owners who control day-to-day operations of the company meet diversity classifications, you may self-attest to your business being diverse-led within Partner Center.

You can self-attest to relevant diversity business classifications by selecting the appropriate checkboxes in Company profile. You may select more than one applicable classification and providing this information is optional.

Through the Standards of Business Conduct, Microsoft has established company standards that include ethical business practices. Similarly, Microsoft expects our partners with whom we do business to embrace this commitment to integrity by complying with the Microsoft Partner Code of Conduct found here. Partners will be required to self-attest that the information provided is true and accurate.

For more information go to Diversity business classifications and certifications - Partner Center | Microsoft Docs

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Thanks for this info! I have never come across it in the MPN portal before. I am the partner admin but it says I don't have access. What role do you have to have to view this info at minimum? Even if a global admin has to upload the certs/ fill out a form, I would at least like to see what info we have currently and what is required of us. 



Hi sb_brooke, according to the article https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/partner-center/diversity-business-classifications-certs the "account admin" role is required to access the self-attestation checkboxes in the company profile. See Assign roles and permissions to users - Partner Center | Microsoft Docs for further details on Partner Center roles.  If you are an account admin and still can't see the checkboxes, please open a partner center support ticket for assistance.