Business Integrity

Roche’s integrity depends on the behaviour of its employees

Business integrity is defined as both the actual and the perception of ethical behaviour in business that is in line with the Roche Group Code of Conduct and our commitment to run our business in a socially responsible way.

Business integrity means first and foremost that we adhere to all applicable laws and regulations as well as to the high integrity standards set forth by Roche. Complying with these standards is the right thing to do and a prerequisite for Roche’s sustainable success.

Our stakeholders expect us to behave with integrity in all our business.

Adhering to our high integrity standards might lead to a loss of business in some cases. However, we are sure that doing so provides us with a business advantage.

Every Roche employee contributes to Roche’s integrity as a company through his/her conduct.

Since Roche is doing business on a worldwide basis, employee misconduct in one country may have negative implications for Roche globally.

The terms and conditions that determine the appropriate behaviour in business must be assessed on a case-by-case basis by taking into consideration the relevant parameters of each individual case. Since legal standards evolve over time, a constant reassessment of the required business behaviour is necessary.

Roche gives its employees and its business partners the appropriate information, instruction, education, guidance and support they need to comply with Roche’s standards of business integrity.

We are all expected to:
  • Adhere to all applicable laws and regulations as well as to the high integrity standards as set forth by Roche.
  • Assess carefully, on a case-by-case basis, whether our business behaviour complies with Roche’s expectations and standards of business integrity.
  • Remember that Roche’s integrity as a company depends on our behaviour.
Questions & Answers

I recently received an ambitious sales target. To reach the target and earn a bonus, I have to violate Roche’s standards of business integrity. Am I allowed to do that?

No. You are required to comply with Roche’s standards of business integrity at all times. Discuss the situation openly with your Line Manager and find a solution that is in line with Roche’s standards of business integrity.

My Line Manager asks me to do something which in my opinion is not in line with Roche’s standards of business integrity. What am I expected to do?

Immediately tell your Line Manager about your reservations. This may take courage, but it is the right thing to do. And remember, you are the one who is ultimately responsible for your business behaviour. If your Line Manager insists or asks you to keep quiet, you should immediately contact the local Compliance Officer or the Chief Compliance Officer. Alternatively, you can also use the Roche Group SpeakUp Line.

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