Non-public Information

We handle non-public information carefully to protect Roche’s assets and interests

As Roche employees we have in many ways access to non-public 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, acquisition or licensing activities etc.

Non-public information should be treated as a most valuable asset of Roche. Employees have a duty to preserve non-public information acquired during employment with Roche. This means employees should not share any such non-public information with anyone who is not employed by Roche, or even with any other employee not having a current, legitimate business need to know such information. These confidentiality obligations are part of the employment contract and will continue to be in force after the end of employment.

If non-public information is shared with third parties, we ensure that the third party takes appropriate measures steps to protect such information.

We respect the confidential information belonging to third parties and take appropriate measures to protect such information.

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. Therefore, we must be extremely careful how we handle confidential information in public places, such as airplanes, trains, trams, bars, restaurants, social media and non-approved communication tools.

We are all expected to:
  • Only share non-public information with a person who needs to know such information and who is entitled to receive it.
  • Respect and protect confidential information belonging to third parties.
  • Be aware of competitive intelligence activities by third parties that could harm Roche’s assets and interests.
  • Respect the contractual confidentiality obligation even after the end of employment.
Questions & Answers

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. You must respect the contractual confidentiality obligation even after the end of the employment contract with your former employer.

I am travelling together with a Roche colleague 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, as well as in social media and non-approved communication tools.

Further Informations

Further information and guidance can be found on the Roche Internet and Intranet. For specific information consult the Directive on the Separation of Partnered Programmes (Firewall Directive).