Supply Chain Sustainability

Suppliers Who Share
Our Commitment to
Sustainable Practices

MasterCard understands the value of conducting business in a socially and economically responsible manner and believes it is important to create an environment that cultivates corporate citizenship and sustainability.

At MasterCard, we aspire to the highest standards of ethics and integrity in business conduct and strive to operate in a manner mindful to the needs of future generations in terms of economic, environmental and social challenges.

MasterCard is committed to partnering with suppliers that share our dedication to conducting business in a legal, ethical, and socially responsible manner. We understand that partnering with such suppliers enhances our supply chain and ensures that our day-to-day business activities align with our commitment to corporate citizenship and sustainability.

MasterCard is committed to corporate citizenship and the pursuit of a sustainable future. We seek out mutually beneficial relationships with suppliers and partner with companies committed to acting fairly and with integrity towards their stakeholders, observing the applicable rules of law, supporting and respecting human rights, respecting the environment, and actively pursuing supplier diversity.

The MasterCard Supplier Sustainability Initiative is built on MasterCard standards of business and the Supplier Code of Conduct which reflect the ISM Principles of Sustainability and Social Responsibility.

Sustainability Principles

  • Ethical Conduct
  • Financial Responsibility
  • Inclusive Supply Chain
  • Environment
  • Health and Safety
  • Human Rights / Labor and Employment Laws
  • Community / Philanthropy

Supplier Code of Conduct

The MasterCard Supplier Code of Conduct documents the principles, guidelines and expectations for establishing and maintaining a business relationship with MasterCard. MasterCard is committed to partnering with suppliers that share the company’s dedication to conducting business in a legal, ethical, and socially responsible manner. Suppliers are also responsible for ensuring that any subcontractors providing goods and services to MasterCard maintain those same standards of business.

Download our Supplier Code of Conduct

MasterCard understands it is essential to conduct business with the highest of ethical standards; therefore we maintain the same standard for our supply base.

Ethical Conduct

MasterCard understands it is essential to conduct business with the highest of ethical standards; therefore we maintain the same standard for our supply base. MasterCard expects suppliers to operate in a responsible and ethical manner. Suppliers must have high standards for corporate governance, carry out their business honestly and ethically, and operate in full compliance with all applicable laws, rules and regulations.

Supplier Diversity

MasterCard recognizes and advocates diversity in our supplier base. Supplier diversity creates valuable relationships that help strengthen our communities as we strive to be the best business partner. MasterCard believes supplier diversity is a business imperative therefore; we strive to include diverse suppliers in all potential opportunities whether direct or through subcontractors and we seek to partner with suppliers that have a strong supplier diversity initiative. Learn more about the MasterCard Supplier Diversity Program.

Health and Safety

MasterCard is committed to ensuring the health, safety and welfare of its employees. Contracts to supply goods and/or services will only be awarded to suppliers who can satisfy the MasterCard requirements for health and safety. Standards include but are not limited to a requirement to abide by all local laws, directives and regulations relating to health and safety in the workplace.

Human Rights / Labor and Employment Laws

To meet MasterCard standards, suppliers must be committed to and have respect for the protection and preservation of human rights as well as labor and employment laws. In addition, suppliers are obligated to abide by applicable international and local legal requirements in their countries of operation.

Community / Philanthropy

MasterCard continuously works to better the communities in which we live and work by investing in the future through education and volunteerism. In addition, MasterCard has a corporate philanthropy initiative that strives to benefit the global community. We expect our suppliers to provide resources and support the communities and countries in which they operate.

At MasterCard we aspire to the highest standards of business operations. We expect our suppliers to conduct their business in a responsible and ethical manner and to exercise reasonable care and diligence to prevent any actions or conditions that could result in a conflict of interest.

It is the responsibility and obligation of the supplier to comply with applicable standards and requirements for all communities, locations, and markets in which the supplier conducts business. Corruption, extortion, and embezzlement, in any form, are strictly prohibited.

Additionally, suppliers must use sound financial practices and ensure transparency in financial dealings by implementing and maintaining adequate internal controls.

MasterCard recognizes the importance of a healthy environment, in sustaining and advancing global commerce and enriching the lives of communities and people worldwide. We recognize our responsibility to address our environmental impact and that of the services we provide for our customers. It is not only the right thing to do, but is aligned with our strategy of delivering long-term value to all our stakeholders.

We are committed to reducing our company's overall environmental footprint with a focus on four key areas:

  • Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  • Paper
  • Plastic
  • Green Products and Services

MasterCard expects suppliers to operate in an environmentally responsible and efficient manner and strive to minimize adverse impacts to the environment. Suppliers are expected to conserve natural resources, to avoid the use of hazardous materials and to promote activities that include the principles of reuse and recycle.

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