Fair Dealings and Supplier Relations

    Meeting and exceeding our customers’ expectations begins with listening. Listening to the voice of the customer is the key to understanding his or her needs and delivering superior quality.

    Our suppliers and business partners make significant contributions to our success. To create an environment where they have an incentive to continue to work with us, they must be confident that they will be treated lawfully and ethically. This means that we must never take unfair advantage of anyone through manipulation, concealment, abuse of confidential information, misrepresentation of facts or any other unfair business practices.

    • Purchase supplies and select business partners based on need, quality, service, price, terms and other relevant conditions. Make vendor-related decisions in the best interest of Danaher, not for any personal benefit or gain for you or a family member.  

    • Protect our confidential information, proprietary information and trade secrets including, where appropriate, with a confidentiality agreement. Also, safeguard any confidential information or personal data that a supplier provides to Danaher.

    • Watch for any signs that our business partners are violating applicable laws and regulations, including bribery and corruption, environmental, employment, human rights and safety laws. If you have any questions or concerns about a supplier’s actions, discuss the matter with your manager.

    We will only do business with suppliers that comply with applicable legal requirements and meet our standards, including our standards relating to human rights, labor, the environment, health and safety. Our expectations for our suppliers are set forth in the Danaher Supplier Code of Conduct.


    A representative of one of our suppliers claims they can help us win a contract with a customer. I think they are planning to offer lavish travel and entertainment to one of the customer’s vice-presidents. Should I do anything about this?

    Yes. We never win contracts in a way that is inappropriate and might even involve an illegal bribe. We will need to evaluate our relationship with the supplier to make sure that this individual’s activities are not indicative of the way the supplier operates. We also need to tell the customer, without delay, that this supplier was not acting on our behalf. You need to discuss the situation immediately with the Legal Department.

    Find out more:
    Danaher Supplier Code of Conduct
    Danaher Anti-Corruption