Government Bodies & Public Officials

We consider and respect government officials as important stakeholders

Government bodies and public officials play an important role in society, for example by establishing and maintaining the necessary conditions and institutions for economic stability, social cohesion and environmental protection as well as for providing access to healthcare for their citizens. Roche participates in public private partnerships and thereby invests in infrastructure, provides access to healthcare and strengthens a sustainable healthcare system development.

We are convinced that proactively and responsibly engaging with public policy stakeholders is a fundamental aspect of good governance. We seek to inform and work closely with government officials in order to highlight and address the issues that affect the healthcare industry and advance its regulatory framework.

As we focus on finding new medicines and diagnostics that help patients live longer, better lives and that evolve the practice of medicine, we believe that it is our responsibility to share relevant data and insights, as well as our perspective, to inform the public debate.

We strive to strengthen stakeholders’ understanding of and trust in our business, explaining what, why and how we do it and our impact on society. We are convinced that this responsible and constructive form of lobbying is in the interest of all parties involved and of society as a whole.

Roche is committed to participating in a constructive, transparent and responsible dialogue with government officials by providing and exchanging relevant, coherent, conclusive and honest information.

Roche remains independent of any political affiliation. Where appropriate, Roche discloses contributions to associations and political institutions publicly and signs up in transparency registers of public authorities.

We are all expected to:
  • Interact with government bodies and public officials in a responsible way.
  • Apply the Roche standards of business integrity in all our interactions.
Questions & Answers

What is the value of responsible lobbying?

Lobbying gives political decision-makers a better understanding of how their actions are perceived by key stakeholders. This is why companies and industry associations routinely engage in lobbying. Roche is committed to joining the political debate in an open, legitimate and responsible way.

A former Roche colleague is running as a candidate for a local government position and I am asked to support his campaign with a personal financial contribution. Is this okay?

Roche respects the right of its employees to support political or charitable activities personally as long as this support is not associated with Roche. Therefore, you are free to support your former colleague’s campaign personally.

Further Informations

Further information and guidance can be found on the Roche Internet and Intranet. For specific information consult the Roche Good Practice Guidelines on Working with Government Officials.