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. We must not give or accept any gifts or entertainment that could raise 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 must 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. Lavish or inappropriate gifts or entertainment are strictly prohibited.
Accepting Gifts & Entertainment.
- Demanding or soliciting gifts or entertainment of any kind is prohibited. This includes not only items 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.
There are more stringent rules concerning gifts and entertainment provided to certain groups and persons, for example healthcare professionals (HCPs), healthcare organisations (HCOs) and patient organisations (POs).
If in doubt about the appropriateness of accepting an unsolicited gift or entertainment, you must consult your Line Manager.