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  • How to Sell to Avantor - Supplier Expectations and Policies

    How To Sell ImageThank you for your interest in doing business with Avantor® Performance Materials. As a global manufacturer of performance materials and chemistries, Avantor relies on a global supply base for sourcing raw materials, manufactured goods and services. In order to ensure a fit between a supplier’s capabilities and our needs, we have developed selection criteria, which includes, among other things, specific expectations with regard to the conduct of current and potential suppliers.

    These expectations are set forth in the Avantor Code of Business Conduct for Suppliers, which applies to both our suppliers and suppliers to our suppliers. Avantor is committed to these expectations and requires that suppliers either have comparable policies or adopt the Avantor Code of Business Conduct for Suppliers.

    We encourage you to familiarize yourself with these expectations, which you can read by following this link: Avantor Code of Business Conduct for Suppliers

    Also, please read and familiarize yourself with our Terms and Conditions of Purchase Order (U.S.).

    Policy Regarding Slavery and Human Trafficking and the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act

    Avantor expects its suppliers to comply with applicable laws, which include applicable laws prohibiting the use of child, involuntary or slave labor. The California Transparency in Supply Chains Act requires retailers and manufacturers that do business in California to publicly disclose their efforts to eliminate slavery and human trafficking from their supply chains. To that end:

    (1) Avantor's Code of Conduct and Related Policies for Suppliers (information and links are available on this page) sets forth Avantor's expectations that its suppliers will comply with appropriate human rights and labor standards in their business operations, including laws prohibiting the use of child, involuntary or slave labor; 

    (2) Avantor's terms and conditions of purchase require its suppliers to comply with applicable laws, including laws concerning wages and employment;

    (3) Avantor conducts audits of certain material suppliers, either directly or through a third party, in a pre-arranged or unannounced fashion, which include an assessment of compliance with such laws;

    (4) Avantor provides training to its employees, including its employees with direct responsibility for supply chain management, as well as to others doing business with Avantor, on various topics including compliance with laws and its Code of Business Conduct, and holds its employees and others doing business with Avantor accountable for compliance with laws including laws prohibiting the use of child, involuntary or slave labor; and

    (5) Avantor reserves the right to terminate or otherwise discipline any employee, or terminate or take legal action against any supplier, who fails to comply with same. While Avantor does conduct periodic audits of certain material suppliers (as noted above), at present, Avantor does not routinely seek certifications of compliance or maintain a formal program to verify its suppliers compliance with the foregoing; but, Avantor does reserve the right to request documentary evidence of such compliance at any time.

    Supplier Expectations

    Human Rights and Labor

    At Avantor, people are the key to our success and we expect our suppliers (and their suppliers) to comply with apply appropriate human rights and labor standards in their business operations.  These standards include:

    • Freely chosen employment by all employees and agents, and no forced or compulsory labor. 
    • Compliance with all applicable child labor laws. 
    • Compliance with all applicable laws regarding work hours, overtime, wages and benefits. 
    • Compliance with all applicable laws regarding treatment of employees.  In addition, employees and prospective employees shall not be subject to harsh or inhumane treatment, and shall not be subject to any sexual harassment or discrimination based on race, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, disability, pregnancy, religion, political affiliation, union membership or marital status. 
    • Respect for the rights of workers to associate freely, join or not join labor unions, seek representation and have a voice regarding working conditions without fear of reprisal. 

    Environmental Health & Safety

    A safe and healthy work environment enhances the quality of products and services and leads to a more productive company.  Avantor is committed to compliance with all applicable laws and regulations concerning environment, health and safety, and we expect the same commitment from our suppliers, including:

    • Compliance with all applicable environmental laws, regulations and permits. 
    • Programs are in place to monitor and reduce energy usage, waste generation and disposal, and emissions to air and discharges to water. 
    • Providing a safe workplace for employees and compliance with all applicable workplace health and safety laws. 
    • Procedures and systems to prevent, track and report occupational injury and illness. 
    • Identification and control of all worker exposures to chemical, biological and physical 

    Management, Ethics and Legal Compliance

    Avantor expects its suppliers to conduct their business ethically and in compliance with the law. 

    • Suppliers must avoid any interaction with Avantor employees that may conflict or appear to conflict with the ability of that employee to act in the best interest of Avantor. 
    • Suppliers must not engage in any forms of bribery to obtain or retain Avantor business and will comply with the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the UK Bribery Act and all other applicable laws dealing with the bribery of government officials. 
    • Suppliers must comply with all antitrust and fair competition laws. 
    • Suppliers must respect intellectual property rights and ensure that technology transfer occurs without risk to the owner. 
    • Suppliers should have a management system in place that will ensure (a) compliance with applicable laws, regulations and customer requirements; and (b) application of the same requirements and expectations to sub-suppliers. 

    REPORTING:  Suppliers must have a program to ensure the confidentiality and protection of suppliers or employees that report improper conduct of employees, customers or suppliers.

    Policy Regarding Conflict Minerals

    Avantor and its suppliers shall comply with all applicable United States laws and policies concerning the sourcing of our raw materials from conflict areas. To that end, Avantor may require periodic supplier certification of such compliance, and may also require that its suppliers implement such other reasonable actions as may be appropriate to ensure compliance with these laws.  In particular, Avantor currently requires that its suppliers ensure that there are no conflict minerals sourced from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) or adjoining countries.