Supply Chain

Responsible sourcing is a key component of our approach to promoting sustainability. Our standard of excellence in ethics applies as much to our suppliers as it does to us. In alignment with our procurement processes, all suppliers are required to act in accordance with our business standards, product quality, process capabilities and commitment to sustainability by following our Supplier Code of Conduct

Resource for Suppliers

Supplier Code of Conduct

Transparency in Supply Chains / Efforts to Combat Modern Slavery

As part of our responsible procurement strategy, Xylem works with local suppliers (i.e. supplier origin is in the same country as the buying entity) whenever possible. Local suppliers help optimize material flow and reduce costs, without losing the benefits of scale. Our local spend is 68 percent of our total supplier spend.

In 2019, more than 200 suppliers were audited through the Supplier Quality Assessment program, which includes additional sustainability elements. While sustainability continues to be a part of the Supplier Quality Assessment program, in 2020, we will launch an enhanced and separate Supplier Sustainability Assessment program as part of our preferred supplier program working toward our 2025 goals. The assessment program aims to monitor the social and environmental performance in our supply chain and will focus specifically on the following elements:

Supply Chain Statistics

The major categories for which we depend on suppliers are motors, castings, machining, fabrications, electronics, and polymerics. These products are composed of metals, plastics, and electronic components. They contain raw materials such as stainless steel, aluminum, iron ore, and copper. We manage these commodities to ensure that these raw materials come from reputable and qualified sources.

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