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.

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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: Your supplier information will remain in Charles River’s database for two years. If your organization is already a registered 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. 

What are CRL standard payment terms?

Charles River has standard payment terms of net 60-days. However, we are happy to offer faster payment terms in return for discounted rates from key suppliers. 

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 ACH enrollment.

ACH ENROLLMENT

  • •   Remittance address
  • •   Electronic remittance/email address
  • •   Currency
  • •   Country
  • •   Bank name
  • •   Account holder’s name
  • •   Account type
  • •   Bank address
  • •   Routing transit number/
         IBAN dependent on location of bank
  • •   Account number

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

To increase flexibility for our suppliers, Charles River has developed other innovative ways to receive more rapid payment such as Supply Chain Financing and an ePayable (credit card) option through U.S. Bank Access® Online Payment Plus. Please note, you must register with a default payment option above (preferably an ACH number), even if your intention is to pursue one of these options.

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