Freddie Mac is committed to the principles of equal opportunity in our contracting practices, regardless of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, religion, age, disability status, veteran status, genetic information and other characteristics protected by law. Consistent with this commitment, the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 and Federal Housing Finance Agency regulations:
- Freddie Mac encourages minority-, women- and disabled-owned businesses to register as “Diverse Suppliers” on our website, www.freddiemac.com;
- Freddie Mac encourages Diverse Suppliers to submit bids in response to Freddie Mac requests for proposals to provide various goods and services to Freddie Mac; and
- Freddie Mac receives and attempts to resolve complaints of discrimination in contracting.
I. Outreach for Diverse Suppliers
Freddie Mac makes Diverse Suppliers aware of Freddie Mac contracting opportunities and encourages Diverse Suppliers to submit proposals by:
- Providing for vendors to register as Diverse Suppliers on freddiemac.com;
- Publishing contracting opportunities on our website, www.freddiemac.com, and elsewhere as considered appropriate;
- Meeting with Diverse Supplier trade associations and organizations;
- Participating in outreach efforts with national, regional and local certifying agencies, diverse civic and private organizations, and chambers of commerce; and
- Attending trade shows, business fairs, committee meetings, matchmaking workshops sessions and town hall meetings focusing on Diverse Suppliers.
II. Consideration of Diverse Suppliers
All prospective vendors who want to do business with Freddie Mac must submit the electronic Vendor Information Questionnaire (VIQ) located on www.freddiemac.com. In addition, any vendor wishing to be considered as a Diverse Supplier should either self-certify or, preferably, submit a valid certification of its status as a minority-, women- or disabled-owned business (as defined in 12 C.F.R. § 1207.1) from the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), other federal (Central Contractor Registration - CCR), state or local government agencies, or other approved certifying organizations. Diverse Suppliers who fill out those forms and qualify will then be eligible to pursue contracting opportunities that Freddie Mac puts out for bid.
III. Complaint Procedure
Freddie Mac receives complaints relating to discrimination or retaliation in any aspect of the contracting process or administration of contracts through Freddie Mac’s Compliance and Ethics Helpline (1-877-301-2633 or www.freddiemacethicshelpline.com). If at all possible, such complaints should be submitted to Freddie Mac within thirty (30) days after the alleged discrimination or retaliation has taken place; however, we understand this is not always possible and will give due consideration to complaints filed after the thirty day deadline. Freddie Mac will investigate these complaints and will attempt to resolve them in a reasonable and impartial manner.
Freddie Mac will treat every complaint and investigation confidentially to the extent considered practicable and will make disclosures of information provided to Freddie Mac by the complaining party on a business need-to-know basis and as otherwise legally required.
Freddie Mac will not retaliate against any vendor as a result of that vendor’s having filed a complaint of discrimination in any aspect of the contracting process or administration of contracts.