Business Ethics

We place great value on ethical business conduct. The Roche Guide to Integrity in Business Transactions is intended to establish a common understanding of Roche's standards of integrity.

As an international company, Roche is committed to meeting high ethical standards and complying with local, national and international laws in all of its areas of business. Ethical behavior in business is important for creating and maintaining a healthy and fair environment for all. For that reason, we have established rigorous internal processes to ensure that our employees adhere to all laws, guidelines and industry codes of conduct that support good business practices.
Our Code of Conduct provides Roche employees with a guide for acting with integrity at all times.

Moreover, Behavior in Business - A Guide to Integrity in Business Transactions promotes a common understanding of the integrity standards of all Roche companies and is intended to prevent unethical behavior. We place great value on ethical business conduct.

The guide addresses the following topics:

  • Bribery
  • Granting of advantages
  • Dealing with third parties
  • Acceptance of gifts and entertainment offers
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Remuneration of intermediaries

Roche's „Behavior in Competition“ guide provides an introduction to antitrust and competition law and is intended to make Roche employees aware of the significance of these laws with respect to business behavior and business decisions. Every Roche employee must comply with these legal regulations on fair and honest trade. Roche employees receive information and complete training regarding this topic: A specially developed, interactive, computer-based learning suite is used globally on all management levels.

Responsible marketing

The sale and marketing of pharmaceutical and diagnostic products are strictly regulated. Roche accepts its obligation to adhere to all relevant laws, regulations, and codes of conduct of the industry and has the utmost respect for the position of trust of physicians and medical professionals who must select the best possible diagnosis and treatment for their patients.

The Roche Code of conduct also defines our marketing practices. Roche places the highest value on its obligation to meet high ethical standards. We have implemented all necessary guidelines and regulations regarding good marketing practices. We make it a priority to train all employees who interact with healthcare professionals.

Together with management, a Group Compliance Officer ensures that alleged violations against the Roche Code of Conduct, such as non-compliance with good marketing practices, are pursued and monitored from the initial report by local compliance officers to final resolution.