SUPPLIERS

INTEGRAL TO OUR SUCCESS

Learn about our expectations, the products and services we purchase, and additional supplier requirements.

SUPPLIER DIVERSITY

OUR DIVERSITY IS A COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE

We work hard to ensure that equitable opportunities are afforded to small and diverse-owned businesses.

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INGREDIENT SAFETY AND PROCESS QUALITY

Safe, reliable products are a vital part of our commitment to improving human health.

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Supplier Guidelines


OUR SUPPLIER GUIDELINES HELP ESTABLISH AND MAINTAIN STRONG BUSINESS RELATIONSHIPS

Abbott suppliers are required to read and agree to our supplier guidelines (English), which describe expectations for the following:

  • Ethical behavior
  • Business integrity and fair competition
  • Privacy
  • Labor rights and worker protection
  • Animal welfare
  • Environmental stewardship
  • Health and safety practices

Social Responsibility


OUR SUPPLIERS MEET IMPORTANT STANDARDS FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBIILITY
It is a part of our mission of being a socially responsible company to evaluate new and existing suppliers. We evaluate their ability to provide safe working conditions and respectfully treat independent contractors, as well as maintain ethical practices, environmentally responsible manufacturing processes and excellent management systems.

Further, Abbott only conducts business with suppliers who ensure that their business is free of human trafficking and slavery.

For more information about our Supplier Social Responsibility Program, see our FAQs, our disclosure for California Transparency in Supply Chains Act or contact AbbottSupplierSocialResponsibilityProgram@abbott.com.

Prospective Suppliers


SUBMIT YOUR COMPANY INFORMATION

Prospective suppliers (non-diverse), may submit company information to supplier@abbott.com. Include your line of business in the subject line.

NOTE: Diverse Suppliers: click here for mailbox for diverse suppliers.

Performance


We drive supplier performance through feedback 

We’ve established criteria for measuring the performance of the suppliers that have the greatest impact on our business. Performance monitoring, as described in the Supplier Performance Program brochure, is conducted for this group of suppliers.

INTERACTING WITH HCP'S


MAINTAINING THE HIGHEST ETHICAL STANDARDS

Our operating procedures for interactions with healthcare professionals and customers in the United States are intended as a reference guide to assist suppliers in complying with our operating procedures for program funding when performing functions on our behalf. The division ethics and compliance officer must pre-approve any exception to these procedures.

 

These procedures are effective January 1, 2013.

PAYMENT REQUIREMENTS


PAYMENT REQUIREMENTS FOR U.S. PARTNERS

  • Our standard payment terms are net 90 from date of invoice.
  • Suppliers must have an up-to-date supplier registration for orders to be placed.
  • Invoices must use the unit of measure on the purchase order (P.O.) for the invoice to be paid.

 

For questions about payments, or if you are interested in submitting invoices via EDI, fax or e-mail, please contact our accounts payable call center at corpdcc@abbott.com or use (866) 848-6841.

PURCHASING REQUIREMENTS


PURCHASE ORDER REQUIREMENTS FOR THE U.S.

For US purchase orders, terms & conditions (T&Cs) for materials and services shall apply to all transactions in which Abbott is the purchaser. If a separate agreement between Abbott and Supplier exists, the T&Cs set forth in that agreement shall control in respect to any conflicting PO T&Cs. Please see the US PO supplier notes document for additional information.

What We Purchase


We Purchase a Variety of Goods and Services

 

In 2015, we purchased an estimated $11.1 billion in goods and services from more than 63,000 suppliers worldwide. The types of goods and services we purchase include:

 

  • Advertising
  • Agricultural commodities
  • Banking
  • Biological products
  • Capital equipment
  • Chemical products
  • Commercial services
    • Advertising
    • Meetings/events
    • Printing
  • Computers/computer supplies
  • Construction
  • Disposables
  • Electronics
  • Energy/utilities
  • Engineering services
  • Fleet vehicles/service
  • Food services
  • Fuels/lubricants
  • Glass containers
  • Healthcare professional (HCP) Services
  • Healthcare organization (HCO)
  • Injection-molded parts
  • IT/telecom services
  • Janitorial/laundry services
  • Landscaping/paving/blacktopping
  • Legal services
  • Logistics/transportation services
  • Machined parts
  • Market research
  • Metal fabrication
  • MRO supplies
  • Needles/cannulas
  • Office supplies and services
  • Packaging/supplies/labels
  • Pest control/waste removal
  • Professional services
    • Consulting
    • Financial
    • HR
    • PR
    • Training
  • Safety supplies
  • Scheduled drugs/SDA alcohols
  • Third-party manufacturing
  • Transportation and delivery
  • Vehicle maintenance

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