Among corporations in the United States, CVS Health operates one of the most active and progressive supplier diversity programs. Through partnerships with diverse suppliers, we believe that we are best able to deliver a wide range of innovative services and products to our diverse customer base. These partnerships also make a significant economic impact in communities across the country.
In 2017, we partnered with more than 4,900 businesses through our diverse supplier program. These included small businesses, minority-owned businesses, women-owned businesses and veteran-owned businesses. Our spending with diverse suppliers last year totaled $2.3 billion. Subsequent spending by these businesses and spending by their employees drove the total economic impact of our supplier diversity program to $5.8 billion, and helped to sustain more than 38,000 jobs across the country.