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The purchase of and payment for equipment, supplies and services from external suppliers must be conducted in accordance with established Cognizant Purchase policies. The associates involved in ordering products and services from external suppliers through the CAPPS purchasing system must be familiar with all policies related to purchasing and payables.
SUPPLIER STANDARDS OF CONDUCT
Dear Cognizant Suppliers and Prospective Suppliers:
We are pleased to release our revised Supplier Standards of Conduct, which are effective October 1, 2021. To view the Standards click the link below.
At Cognizant we partner with companies who share our commitment to conducting business ethically and lawfully. We expect all our Suppliers to uphold the Supplier Standards and urge them to adopt similar standards within their own businesses and apply those standards to their next-tier suppliers. The Standards are applicable to all of our third-party representatives, suppliers, vendors, subcontractors, and business development agents and their parent, subsidiary, and affiliated entities, including suppliers engaged by Cognizant’s subsidiaries and affiliates.
The Standards align with Cognizant’s Code of Ethics. We hold our suppliers to the same standards to which we hold our employees.
We look forward to your continued support and partnership.
Chief Procurement Officer
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Cognizant Suppliers who become aware of any actual or potential violation of the Supplier Standards, Cognizant’s Anti-Corruption Policy, or Cognizant’s Code of Ethics, or of any applicable law, can report them to the Cognizant Ethics & Compliance Helpline, which is staffed by a third-party provider and available by phone or online. Individuals who provide services to or on behalf of Cognizant, or perform work on behalf of our suppliers, may also access the Cognizant Ethics & Compliance Helpline to raise concerns or report grievances anonymously, if desired.
OHS is an integral component of supplier selection at Cognizant. Suppliers working with us are required to:
At Cognizant, it is imperative for all our suppliers to abide by the OHS policy:
Global Procurement requires all its suppliers to comply with Cognizant’s Environmental Policy
At Cognizant, we will pursue sustainable growth with environment-friendly practices and responsible use of natural resources. We will achieve this by following these guidelines:
We are deeply committed to advancing diversity, inclusion and sustainability, and we continue the work to develop business relationships with historically under-represented diverse businesses in the United States. We are focused on achieving objectives centered on quality, reliability, technical parameters and cost, and we acknowledge the importance of promoting business opportunities with suppliers that reflect our employees, our communities and our customers.
To qualify for our supplier diversity program, suppliers must possess or be willing to obtain a third party certification of their status as a minority, women, disabled, LGBTQ or veteran-owned business in the United States. We will verify the suppliers’ information against information from third party-certified diversity supplier databases.
Cognizant is committed to doing its part to stop the spread of COVID-19. It is our priority to ensure a safe and healthy workplace while serving our clients, as well as to do our part in contributing to a healthy society where all can thrive.
Where allowed by local law, Cognizant requires contractors and supplier personnel to be fully vaccinated with a World Health Organization (WHO) approved vaccine if or when their role requires them to report to a Cognizant office, attend a company in-person meeting or event, or travel on Cognizant business to a destination where vaccination is required. In accordance with local law, vaccination will also be required when mandated by a client requirement or the government.
In countries where allowed by local law, contractors and supplier personnel with Cognizant IDs will be required to attest to their vaccination status and provide proof of vaccination if fully or partially vaccinated. Those who do not have Cognizant IDs will be required to show proof of vaccination before entering any Cognizant facility.
We aim to give our people, clients and partners confidence that they are protected from any unnecessary risk and that deliverables will be met.