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Supplier expectations and policies

Thank you for your interest in doing business with Avantor and helping us set science in motion to create a better world. As a global manufacturer of high-purity and ultra-high purity products, 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 our entire supply chain. 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 (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 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 (links below) 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 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.