Gifts & Entertainment
We neither give nor accept gifts or entertainment that could raise concerns about our personal integrity
Even when gifts or entertainment are exchanged out of the purest motives of personal or professional friendship, they can be misunderstood and perceived as an improper advantage to create influence.
We must not give or accept any gifts or entertainment that could raise any concerns regarding our personal integrity or Roche’s integrity and independence.
To avoid both the reality and the perception of improper relations with existing or potential business partners, both public and private, Roche employees should adhere to the following principles:
Giving Gifts & Entertainment
- Gifts or entertainment may be given only where appropriate and where there is no risk of creating the perception of influencing the recipient in his/her decision.
- Gifts must be of minimal value and entertainment must not go beyond what is reasonable. Expenditures for lavish or inappropriate gifts or entertainment are strictly prohibited.
Receiving Gifts & Entertainment
- Demanding or soliciting gifts or entertainment of any kind is prohibited. This includes not only merchandise but all kinds of advantages.
- Unsolicited gifts or entertainment may only be accepted if they do not go beyond common courtesy and are an accepted local business practice.
- Offers of entertainment may only be accepted if they arise out of the normal course of business, cannot be seen as lavish and take place in settings that are appropriate.
If in doubt about the appropriateness of accepting an unsolicited gift or entertainment, we must consult our Line Manager and act according to his/her decision.