Sustainable Supply Chain

At AbbVie, we work with the future in mind—collaborating with suppliers to reduce our impact on the environment and manage costs.

Partnering with Our Suppliers

We partner with our suppliers to reduce our carbon footprint and our use of natural resources. This also helps us ensure ongoing material supply, encourages ethical and environmentally sound business practices and enables us to continuously address unmet health care challenges.

Sustainable Supply Chain Programme

We purchase goods and services from more than 56,000 suppliers. Through our Sustainable Supply Chain Programme, we work with our supplier network to ensure quality, compliance and social responsibility. Annually, we track, measure and report the progress that our suppliers and our purchasing and supplier management personnel make toward meeting sustainability goals.

Restricted Substances Management

Governments around the globe introduce new laws and regulations to control the manufacture and use of certain chemical substances. Some examples of these regulations include:

The Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals (EU REACH)
Restriction of Hazardous Substances (EU RoHS)
MEE Order No. 12 (China New Chemical)
Canadian Chemical Management Plan

As a result of increased scrutiny on restricted substances, AbbVie has a program in place ensuring compliance to country-specific requirements.

AbbVie complies with global chemical regulations for purchased chemicals, mixtures and parts.

Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism Programme

The security of our supply chain is of utmost importance. That’s why our Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) programme communicates and verifies the security of our suppliers, focusing on facilities, suppliers and transportation providers that ship products from outside the United States to one of our domestic operations. Suppliers whose security practices fail to meet AbbVie’s Minimum Acceptable Security Level must make improvements before they’re allowed to continue to conduct business with us.

Water Security Programme

Water scarcity affects many parts of the world. We use a framework of awareness and greater understanding of the possible impacts water scarcity may have on AbbVie’s supply chain. It helps us identify potential risks and opportunities and we work with suppliers to determine areas of possible collaboration.