Confidential Information

We handle confidential information carefully to protect Roche’s assets and interests

As Roche employees we do in many ways have access to confidential information related to our business; this includes confidential information about research and development projects, manufacturing methods, business plans, financial data, marketing and sales strategies, launch of new products, merger or acquisition activities etc.

We respect the confidential information belonging to third parties. If we share confidential information with a third party, any exchange of such information is subject to the signing of a confidentiality agreement.

We have to be aware that in a competitive environment, third parties strive to get access to confidential information related to our business. Competitive intelligence activities by third parties are part of our industry. We must be extremely careful how we handle confidential information in public places, such as airplanes, trains, trams, bars and restaurants.

Secrecy obligations are part of the employment contract and will continue to be in force after the end of employment.

We are all expected to:
  • Only share confidential information with a person who needs to know said information and who is entitled to get this information.
  • Be aware of competitive intelligence activities by third parties that could harm Roche’s assets and interests.
  • Respect the contractual secrecy obligation even after the end of the employment contract.
Questions & Answers

I am working for Roche. My cousin has recently started to work for another company in the same industry. She is keen to talk with me about the differences and similarities between Roche and her new employer. How much am I allowed to say?

You should be very careful what you say, even if you talk to a close member of your family. Ask yourself whether the information you are sharing is available to the general public. If not, you should not share the confidential information with your cousin, because she is an unauthorised person.

I have just joined Roche from a competitor and brought with me lots of information which I think would be useful to the company. Is it okay to share said information with my new team?

No. You are not allowed to share information if it is of a confidential nature. Even after you have left the company, the information remains confidential. You must respect the contractual secrecy obligation even after the end of the employment contract with your former employer.

I am flying together with a Roche colleague to New York and discuss confidential results of an ongoing clinical trial with her. Is this okay?

Always be alert to the competitive intelligence activities of third parties! You must be extremely careful how you handle confidential information in public places, such as airplanes, trains, trams, bars and restaurants.

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