Supplier Information

Our mission is to establish mutually beneficial relationships with a diverse blend of suppliers that provide legal, ethical, efficient, sustainable, and cost-effective solutions to ensure a timely, consistent, and compliant supply chain which supports our global operations.

A special note to our valued MPI suppliers

Charles River corporate headquarters

We build sustainable relationships with our suppliers to help fulfill our operational needs, stimulate economic growth in the communities we serve, and satisfy the expectations of our stakeholders. Charles River maintains a database to identify new suppliers who have an interest in working with us. If you would like to register your business or organization as a potential supplier to Charles River, please complete our form.

Note: Completion of this form does not automatically qualify you to receive orders from Charles River. Your supplier information will remain in Charles River’s database for two years and if approved to become an active supplier, we will send a formal invitation to the email address provided. If your organization is already an active supplier to Charles River, there is no need to complete this form.

On this page, you can find localized procurement terms and conditions and the supplier code of conduct, as well as further information you may need to conduct business successfully with us and/or our affiliates.

Supplier Diversity

Charles River is committed to the development and support of a diverse supplier base. Through our supplier diversity program, we enlarge our pool of innovative ideas and sources for high quality goods and services while providing economic development opportunities for diverse business enterprises, which include but are not limited to small, minority-owned, woman-owned, small disadvantaged, HUB Zone, veteran-owned, service disabled veteran-owned businesses, and Alaska native corporations.

We encourage the development and inclusion of all capable material and service suppliers. Our procurement organization, internal stakeholders, and others involved in the supplier selection process integrate small business into their business strategies and operations. We make good faith efforts to include diverse suppliers in sourcing events and throughout the supplier selection process where applicable. We continually strive to optimize our spend with diverse suppliers.

If you are interested in registering your small business enterprise in Charles River’s interested suppliers database, please complete our form.

Sustainability at Charles River Laboratories is built on the same scientific discipline that we are known for in bringing accelerated drug discovery to market: to protect and enhance the quality of human health. We understand that our work involves using the planet’s precious resources and are focused on pursuing opportunities to lower our environmental impact from our direct and indirect operations while conserving and preserving the ecological diversity in all the communities where we operate. 

We are deeply committed to mitigating and reversing the effects of climate change, and as part of this commitment, we are partnering with our supply chain to achieve these goals by sharing our sustainability vision. Our expectation is that our supply chain operate in an environmentally-responsible manner by conserving energy and minimizing the use of natural resources to avoid adverse impacts on the environment for the products and services provided to Charles River Laboratories. 

Where should I send invoices to be paid by Charles River?

Charles River suppliers should always have a purchase order (or an agreement to accept a credit card) in place before beginning work. Invoices may be sent to Charles River per the instructions on the purchase order you received. If you have not received a purchase order or your invoice does not match the purchase order line items, it may significantly delay the amount of time it takes for us to approve the invoice and post it for payment. Please email [email protected] for assistance addressing any invoices that are not easily aligned to a purchase order.

What are Charles River's standard payment terms?

Charles River has standard payment terms of net 60 days.

What are Charles River's payment terms for work performed without a purchase order?

If you have executed work without a purchase order, we will pay to our standard payment terms once we have approved the invoice. To avoid delays in payments, always ensure that you are working with a valid purchase order from Charles River.

What options are there that can reduce the timing for payment terms?

To increase flexibility for our suppliers, Charles River is happy to offer faster payment terms in return for discounted rates from key suppliers. Ask a Charles River representative about our Invoice Discount Terms options when registering as a supplier or before your next expected order.

Additionally, we have developed two other innovative programs that our suppliers may sign up for to receive more rapid payment through a third party:

•   U.S. Bank Access® Online Payment Plus is an ePayable program that allows suppliers to retain net 30-day terms.* Existing suppliers who wish to change to this offering may register with US Bank.
•   Orbian offers a Supply Chain Financing Program which allows suppliers to receive early payments (at times of your choice) on your Charles River receivables.

Please note: You must independently register with both of these programs. US Bank and Orbian will contact us once your registration is complete, and the new payment method will go into effect. Until your registration is complete, your payment terms with Charles River will default to net 60 days.

* After receipt of valid invoice

What is the preferred method of payment?

The most effective and efficient method to ensure timely payment is via electronic funds transfer (EFT). To facilitate an EFT, suppliers must provide the following information at the time of new vendor set up or request a change to amend the current vendor master file information. Below is an example of the required information for EFT enrollment:

  • •   Remittance address
  • •   Electronic remittance/email address
  • •   Transfer protocol (e.g., ACH, IBAN, Swift Code)
  • •   Currency
  • •   Country
  • •   Bank name
  • •   Account holder’s name
  • •   Account type
  • •   Bank address
  • •   Routing transit number/
         IBAN dependent on location of bank
  • •   Account number

Charles River is committed to conducting business ethically, responsibly, and with integrity. We expect the same from our suppliers, each of whom is required to comply with applicable laws and regulations, as well as the standards set forth in our Supplier Code of Conduct.

Any potential ethical or legal violations involving our business can be reported by calling our Charles River Helpline at 1-866-294-3699 or visiting helpline.criver.com. No one will be subject to retaliation for making a good faith report of a complaint or concern.

Below are some of the resources that Charles River provides to our suppliers to help you and your employees maintain the highest legal and ethical standards.

Supplier Code of Conduct

Anti-Bribery Policy

Antitrust Policy

Conflict Minerals Law Statement

Privacy Policy

EH&S Policy

Statement Regarding the Prohibition of Human Trafficking

Current Purchase Order Standard Terms & Conditions

Archived Purchase Order Standard Terms & Conditions

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Global Vendor Quality Manual

The Global Vendor Quality Manual establishes Charles River’s quality expectations for our vendors. We believe the requirements described in this manual are essential for the effective management of the services and products we provide to our clients.

Supplier Relationship Management

Charles River is implementing a Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) Program, which provides a structured environment to maximize value and collaboration with our strategic suppliers. We are putting into place the tools and processes to foster continuous improvement for the mutual benefit of Charles River and our suppliers. We want to build on our most strategic partnerships in order to ensure we are a valued customer of choice. Strategic suppliers will have regularly scheduled touch points and scorecards to track mutual progress and success efforts. 

The Charles River SRM Program will incorporate the following goals: 

•   Define the supplier’s role in helping us achieve our strategic objectives
•   Adhere to fair and clearly-defined performance metrics
•   Create an open forum for operational improvement and innovation discussions  
•   Build the foundation to further improve our business relationships