Roche Group Code of Conduct

Defining how we do business – every day, everywhere

Roche’s good reputation depends on its integrity in business.

In all interactions with our stakeholders we are committed to doing the right thing.

The Roche Group Code of Conduct expresses the expectations that Roche has as an employer towards its employees. All Roche companies are obliged to adopt all measures necessary to implement the Roche Group Code of Conduct locally.

All employees and all others acting on behalf of Roche must comply with the Roche Group Code of Conduct, regardless of their location and the nature of their work. Following the “One Roche Approach” principle, the standards set forth are equally binding for the Group Functions, the Pharmaceuticals Division and the Diagnostics Division.

The Roche Group Code of Conduct is designed to guide our business behaviour and provides practical guidance, examples as well as references to further useful information. Additional compliance documents and tools which have been established are an integral part of Roche’s comprehensive Compliance Management System (CMS). However, these materials may not provide answers to every question we may have and are not a substitute for our individual responsibility to exercise good judgment and common sense.

In cases of doubt about the correct behaviour, we must seek help and advice.

Interactive, computer-based eLearning programs, such as the “Roche Behaviour in Business” (RoBiB) and other user-friendly training tools, such as Compliance Podcasts, have been developed to help explain the importance of integrity in business. They cover the key messages of our Roche Group Code of Conduct.

Adherence to the Roche Group Code of Conduct is a condition of employment. Each employee must read, understand and comply with it. Roche does not tolerate violations of the Roche Group Code of Conduct and is fully committed to handling non-compliance cases adequately. Employees must be aware that such violations can have serious consequences for the company and for themselves and that they will be held accountable.

We are all expected to:
  • Behave with integrity and help maintain Roche’s good reputation.
  • Carefully complete the eLearning programs.
  • Be aware that violations of the Roche Group Code of Conduct are not tolerated and can have consequences for Roche and ourselves.
Questions & Answers

Why do we need a Roche Group Code of Conduct?

The Roche Group Code of Conduct states Roche’s expectations as an employer towards its employees and sets forth the standards for business behaviour that apply throughout the Roche Group.

Does the Roche Group Code of Conduct apply to everyone in the Roche Group?

Yes. All employees and all others acting on behalf of Roche must comply with the Roche Group Code of Conduct, regardless of their location and the nature of their work. The standards set forth are equally binding for Group Functions, the Pharmaceuticals Division and the Diagnostics Division.

I am requested to complete the RoBiB eLearning program. Due to other urgent business activities, I do not find time to complete the eLearning program. I set priorities and decide not to complete it. Have I made a good decision?

No. Since the eLearning programs, such as the RoBiB, are designed to support you in your endeavours to comply with the Roche Group Code of Conduct you should complete them carefully.