We have always been committed to high standards of ethical conduct in our business and in our dealings with other organisations. At the heart of this are our values: integrity. excellence, transparency, and respect. We know that acting with integrity is critical to our success and long-term future. Over the years, it has earned us the trust of our customers and the people they serve. In 2017, it secured us the highest ranking of any pharmaceutical company in the UK’s Institute of Directors' Good Governance Report.
Complying with laws and regulations
We comply and abide with all relevant global and local laws, codes and regulations including (but not limited to): the UK Bribery Act; the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA); global anti-corruption standards; and local anti-bribery and corruption laws.
Compliance, Responsibility and Ethics Committee (CREC)
Our Compliance, Responsibility and Ethics Committee (CREC) is responsible for reviewing and approving all our policies where ethical judgement is important, overseeing our compliance team and the development of our Code of Conduct. Comprising four independent Non-Executive Directors and the Executive Vice-Chairman, CREC also oversees our Anti-Bribery and Corruption compliance programme; sets the overall strategy for our response to related risks; supervises our ‘Speak Up’ process for raising ethical concerns; and oversees our Corporate Responsibility policy at Board level.
Our Code of Conduct sets out the standards for ethical and business behaviour we expect of our employees. And of others who act on our behalf. It is the responsibility of everyone in our organisation to abide by the principles and standards in the Code. So that we continue to have the trust of our stakeholders.
A Message from Mazen Darwazeh, Vice-Chairman, President and CEO of MENA and Emerging Markets
Since the company was founded in 1978, we have been committed to honesty, integrity and the highest possible standards in everything we do. We are dedicated to the welfare and education of our employees, committed to the communities in which we work and determined to preserve and protect the environment in which we operate. These principles have guided us for the past 40 and will continue to do so in the future. As a global business, our strong commitment to our various communities and our environment has always been and remains, key to our way of doing things; thinking globally while acting locally.
Anti-bribery and corruption policy
We have a zero tolerance policy for bribery and corruption. As one of the founding members of the global Partnering Against Corruption Initiative, an offshoot of the World Economic Forum, we commit to a programme that fights bribery and corruption.
Modern Slavery Act
We are committed to ensuring that forced or compulsory labour and human trafficking does not take place in our businesses or supply chains. Throughout the world. As part of our commitment we train our employees on labour standards and how to recognise and respond to any incidences of modern slavery. We also analyse and manage any modern slavery risk in our company and supply chains, engaging with our suppliers on the issue and performing due diligence. In addition, we are a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), with a commitment to abide by the UNGC’s ten universally accepted principles which include human rights.
‘Speak up’ platform for all regions
Anyone can voice their concerns about potential violations of laws, regulations, our Code of Conduct or company policies through our Speak Up platform. Whether they are an employee or outside of our business. The anonymous reporting service helps us to maintain integrity and our culture of transparency and respect.
We promote safe and healthy workplaces for our employees. Each year, our Group-wide, employee welfare campaign, ‘You Are Hikma’, raises awareness of workplace safety, health and environmental conservation. Our Health and Safety Policy is administered across the Group and is updated regularly. Since 1994, all of our offices and factories have been ‘smoke-free’.
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