SUPPLIERS

INTEGRAL TO OUR SUCCESS

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

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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.

For more information about our Supplier Social Responsibility Program, see our FAQs or contact AbbottSupplierSocialResponsibilityProgram@abbott.com.

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.

For further information, contact AbbottSPM@abbott.com.

What We Purchase


We Purchase a Variety of Goods and Services

 

In 2013, we purchased an estimated $8.4 billion in goods and services from more than 23,000 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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