Bribery & Improper Advantages
We do not tolerate bribery or any other form of corrupt business behaviour
Roche rejects all forms of corrupt business behaviour, such as bribery (public, private, active and passive), embezzlement, fraud, theft and the granting of improper advantages. The Roche Directive on Integrity in Business provides further guidance on these topics.
Roche employees and its business partners are not allowed to give, promise to give, solicit or accept any form of improper advantage, whether directly or indirectly, to or from any individual or organisation with the intention to obtain or retain business in return. Improper advantages include illegal rebates, bribes, kickbacks and under-the-table payments. An improper advantage can be anything of value, including but not limited to payments, meals, gifts, entertainment, travel expenses or fake agreements.
Granting of Improper Advantages
Equally prohibited is to give or promise to give an improper advantage without a specific business decision in mind. In contrast to the bribery definition, there is no “service in return”. The improper advantage can therefore be seen as a “goodwill” payment to increase the sympathies towards the giver.
Roche employees have to keep in mind that perception matters and that their behaviour could be considered as a bribe or granting of an improper advantage, regardless of their intention.
These principles apply globally to all public and private business transactions involving Roche. Many countries have laws making it a crime to bribe and/or to grant an improper advantage to public officials. Violation of these laws or other laws that prohibit unfair competitive practices can result in criminal and civil actions against Roche and the individuals involved.
Provided all the requirements as specified in the Roche Directive on Integrity in Business are met and applicable local approvals are obtained, advantages to business partners and other third parties may be permissible.