Responsible Supply Management

John Klein

John Klein
Chief Procurement Officer

“As the Medtronic Mission promotes a culture of citizenship, purpose, and responsibility, the Global Supply Management team upholds the same commitment and values from which we approach our work, treat our colleagues, and serve our stakeholders. We hold ourselves accountable to these commitments — such as human rights, environmental stewardship, and ethical behaviors —and we extend the same expectations across our supplier base around the world. Our suppliers are an extension of us, and we expect no less from them as we do from ourselves.”

Our Commitment

We strive to conduct our activities in a manner that reflects our Mission and Code of Conduct — which includes being a good corporate citizen, dealing fairly in business, behaving ethically, upholding human rights, supporting a safe and healthy workplace, doing business in an environmentally responsible manner, and complying with applicable law. We are committed to ensuring that our supply chain reflects our values and beliefs through our policies, procedures, and best practices.

Medtronic Code of Conduct

We require all employees and agents to comply with the Medtronic global Code of Conduct. We investigate alleged violations of the Code of Conduct and take the appropriate action, up to and including termination for employees, and termination of agreements with contractors.

We train employees who work in supply management on awareness of how their decisions can potentially impact factory working conditions and equip them with the necessary knowledge of the importance of positive factory labor practices. This is fundamental to fully integrating labor compliance and social responsibility into all purchasing decisions, and building a socially and environmentally responsible supply chain.

Global Supplier Standards

Our relationships with suppliers are based on lawful, efficient, and fair practices. Medtronic expects our suppliers and contractors to:

  • Abide by applicable laws, rules, and regulations of the countries in which they operate
  • Uphold the human rights of workers and treat them with dignity and respect
  • Ensure a safe and healthy working environment
  • Practice social and environmental responsibility
  • Demonstrate the highest standards of business ethics

Medtronic reserves the right to discontinue business relationships with suppliers that fail to conduct business in a legal, responsible, and ethical manner.

View the translated versions of the Global Supplier Standards.

Global Human Rights and Labor Standards Policy

Medtronic aims to be a positive social presence in every community where we work. We promote basic human rights by following applicable local labor laws and we do not allow child or forced labor by our Company, vendors, or suppliers. We also follow all applicable wage and hour laws, including minimum wages, overtime, and maximum hour rules.

View the translated versions of the Global Human Rights and Labor Standards Policy.

Conflict Minerals Policy

As reflected in the Medtronic Mission, we strive to contribute to human welfare through the manufacture of products that alleviate pain, restore health, and extend life. We also seek to maintain good citizenship as a company. We are committed to ensuring that our supply chain reflects our values and beliefs, including adherence to principles of responsible sourcing of materials for our products

To finance their operations, armed groups responsible for civil discord and human rights violations in the Democratic Republic of Congo and nine adjoining countries operate mines to extract gold and ores that are processed into tin, tungsten, and tantalum, which are commonly called "Conflict Minerals." Conflict Minerals can make their way into the supply chains for products manufactured across the globe. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has adopted rules to implement reporting and disclosure requirements related to Conflict Minerals as part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 ("Dodd-Frank Act"). Medtronic supports the goals and objectives of Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act that requires public companies to determine the sourcing of tin, tungsten, tantalum, and gold used in their products and to file an annual report disclosing any such use. As part of our commitment to responsible sourcing and human welfare, the Company has adopted Medtronic Conflict Minerals Policy.

If you have specific questions regarding Conflict Minerals, please contact us at conflictminerals@medtronic.com.

Policy on Gifts

Medtronic employees may not accept gifts from persons or entities that deal with the Company if the gift is more than modest in value, or if acceptance of the gift could create the appearance of a conflict of interest.

Specific questions related to information on this page can be addressed to responsiblesupplymanagement@medtronic.com.