Speak Up

Speaking up is the right thing to do

Roche employees who speak up when they have a compliance concern are doing the right thing and are acting in line with our Roche Values and Corporate Principles.

Roche Management needs to be aware of integrity issues so that it can address them quickly and in a trustworthy way. By raising compliance concerns, Roche employees help to protect themselves, their colleagues and Roche’s interests and rights.

If we have a compliance concern, it is generally best to talk to our Line Manager about it face to face. If we are uncomfortable about discussing a compliance concern with our Line Manager, we should contact our local Compliance Officer, the Chief Compliance Officer, Legal, HR or the available affiliate or group function speak up lines.

In addition and subject to applicable local laws, the Roche Group SpeakUp Line allows Roche employees to report a compliance concern anywhere and anytime in their native language, either by internet and/or by phone. The system is operated by an external provider and provides the option to speak up in anonymity.

Any employee who raises a compliance concern in good faith acts in the interest of Roche and deserves acknowledgment. Roche does not tolerate any retaliation against an employee who raises a compliance concern in good faith. In case any employee deems that this principle is not adhered to, a complaint can and should be raised to either the Chief Executive Officer, the Chief Compliance Officer, the Group Head of HR or any member of the Audit Committee or the Corporate Governance and Sustainability Committee of the Board.

Equally, Roche does not tolerate any abuse of the Roche speak up channels.

Roche Line Managers are expected to create an environment of trust that encourages employees to speak up and address compliance concerns.

We are all expected to:
  • Speak up when we believe in good faith that someone has done, is doing, or may be about to do something that violates the Roche Group Code of Conduct.
  • Raise compliance concerns with our Line Manager.
  • Use the other available speak up channels if we do not feel comfortable about raising a compliance concern with our Line Manager.
  • Speak up if we become aware that someone is subject to retaliation for raising a compliance concern in good faith.
Questions & Answers

Am I acting in Roche’s interest if I speak up?

Yes. Roche Management needs to be aware of integrity issues so that it can address them quickly and in a trustworthy way. If you speak up, you are doing the right thing and are acting in line with our Roche Values and Corporate Principles.

When should I speak up?

If you believe in good faith that someone has done, is doing, or may be about to do something that violates the Roche Group Code of Conduct, you are expected to speak up.

Which are the available speak up channels?

Your Line Manager is generally your first point of contact. If you feel uncomfortable discussing your concern with him/her, you can contact your local Compliance Officer, the Chief Compliance Officer, Legal, HR, the available affiliate or group functions speak up lines, or the Roche Group SpeakUp Line.

When using the Roche Group SpeakUp Line, can I remain anonymous?

Yes. As the Roche Group SpeakUp Line is operated by an external provider, the system guarantees anonymity.

What is the main difference between the Roche Group SpeakUp Line and the Roche Group Code of Conduct Help & Advice Line?

The Roche Group Code of Conduct Help & Advice Line helps to prevent non-compliant situations. The Roche Group SpeakUp Line is about reporting a potential compliance violation after it occurred.

Further Informations

Further information and guidance: eLearning program “Behaviour in Business” (RoBiB); eLearning program “Behaviour in Business - Addendum I” (RoBiB Add I); Roche Directive on the Use of Roche Group Code of Conduct Help & Advice Line. These materials can be found on the Roche intranet (website of Group Legal Department).