In response to Assembly Bill 3678, the Commission issued General
Order 156 (GO 156), which outlined program guidelines to promote
utility recruitment and use of women and minority-owned business enterprises. GO
156 also required participating utilities to establish a joint clearinghouse.
Procurement goals of 5% for women and 15% for minorities were initially
established, and later augmented with a 1.5% goal for disabled veteran
On June 11, 2015, the CPUC expanded the Supplier Diversity Program to include LGBT-owned businesses.