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 refers to our purpose statement and 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 and make judgments in accordance 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 (cCMS). However, these materials are not a substitute for our individual responsibility to exercise good judgment and common sense.

If you don’t find an explicit answer to a specific question, keep in mind that the Roche Group Code of Conduct should always be interpreted in the spirit of our Purpose Statement and our Corporate Values.

User-friendly training tools, such as eLearning programs (for example the “Roche Behaviour in Business”, RoBiB) have been developed to help explaining 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 is expected to read and comply with it. In cases of doubt about the correct behaviour, employees have to seek help and advice.

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 violations can have serious consequences for the company as well as for themselves.

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

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.

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, it is in your own interest to complete them carefully.