Understanding certification and diversity status symbols

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There are four symbols that represent a company's certifications. These symbols, which appear on company listing pages (as well as on its tile on the search results page when filtered by certification or diversity status), range from self-reported to a copy of the company's certificate you can view.  

Status symbols

The four levels of information on certifications and diversity status we'll cover: 

  1. Self-reported certifications
  2. Certifications reported by third party organizations
  3. Certifications represented on the company website
  4. Certifications with certificates available for download

1. Self-reported certifications

Self-reported certifications are represented by a square speech bubble with dots. These suppliers have self-reported their diversity status and certifications to Thomas.

Self-reported certifications

Self-reported certifications example

2. Certifications reported by a third-party organization

This symbol, a star with a circle around it, shows that a trusted third party has records of this company's certification. Clicking on the certification name will take you to that third party's website (in this example the Small Business Administration), where you can see the company's certification. 

Certifications reported by a third party organization

Certifications reported by a third party organization example

3. Certifications represented on the company website

This image represents where a supplier has described their certifications on their website. Clicking on this symbol, an arrow going to a new page, will send you to the company web page where the certification is mentioned. 

Certifications represented on the company website

Certifications represented on the company website example

4. Certifications that are available for download

This is represented by the symbol that looks like a prize ribbon. Clicking on the certification name with this symbol will allow a preview of the company's certificate to pop up with a link to view a copy of the certificate in more detail. 

Certifications that are available for download

Certifications that are available for download example