Supplier Diversity

Union Pacific Supplier Diversity Program

Union Pacific’s Supplier Diversity program was implemented in 1982. Union Pacific was the first among the Class I Railroads to establish a formal, company-wide supplier diversity program. In the first year of the program Union Pacific spent $10 million with M/WBEs. Today, our direct spending has grown to more than $400 million.

The Mission

Union Pacific Railroad is committed to the utilization of diverse business. We strive to develop, cultivate and promote these businesses while providing the highest quality materials and services at the lowest total cost to our customers, thereby impacting the economic growth and development of the communities where we operate.

At Union Pacific we recognize that strengthening and utilizing businesses owned by minorities, women, LGBT, and veterans contributes to the economic growth and expansion of the communities we serve. Our policy is to offer these businesses the maximum opportunity to compete with other suppliers and contractors in the marketplace. We will assist in developing and strengthening these business relationships by maintaining active efforts to seek, identify and encourage their participation in our procurement processes.

Supplier Spotlight

Kathy Lehne at work in her office, managing a fleet of more than 1,000 service trucks.

Kathy Lehne was 23 years old when she started Sun Coast Resources Inc. in 1985 with just $2,000 and two employees. She wanted to purchase premium petroleum products directly from refiners and provide proven solutions to her customers. Today, Sun Coast is one of the largest woman-owned businesses in Texas and one of the nation’s largest wholesale petroleum marketers.

Headquartered in Houston, Sun Coast is licensed in more than 40 states and operates 18 offices and bulk plant facilities in Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana. The bulk of its business is focused on providing fuel for disaster relief efforts, which included responding to almost every major hurricane in the U.S. over the past decade. Union Pacific was Sun Coast’s first fuel customer, and we are proud to continue our long-standing relationship purchasing locomotive and non-locomotive fuel. We rely on Sun Coast for delivery services to our facilities across Texas’ major cities.




Our Goals

  • Increase spending and utilization with diverse businesses.
  • Design programs that will assist diverse businesses with growth and development.
  • Offer assistance to help educate and expand business networks for long-term stability and success.
  • Offer diverse businesses the maximum opportunity to compete with other suppliers and contracts in the marketplace.