Our business principles

Today's complex business environment demands that integrity is embedded in our daily business practices.

Integrity means enacting the highest professional and ethical standards and establishing trust by being open, honest and responsible.

We enact due diligence and responsibility to clients, shareholders, business partners and employees, the public, to governments and the laws and culture of the countries in which we operate.

Anti-Corruption

Specific Anti-Corruption Standards provide specific guidelines related to gifts, hospitality and payments to third parties. Targeted anti-corruption training sessions by leadership members and by our chief Legal Officer are held throughout the year.

Anti-competitive behavior

We support the principles of free enterprise and fair competition and observe applicable regulations.

Responsible Employment Practices

Our people are key to our success and we respect human and labor rights so that our people may work in a safe, healthy, professional and supportive environment. We encourage engagement and support personal development through comprehensive policies and initiatives. Every employee has an equal opportunity for personal recognition, advancement, career development and compensation, regardless of background or beliefs. The same policy applies to recruitment. No form of discrimination or harassment is tolerated.

Value for customers

We are a reliable partner for our clients and aim to deliver our services without jeopardizing stakeholder interests. We offer services under terms that do not compromise our independent professional judgment and aim to create optimal value for clients. We are transparent with clients about conflicts of interest that could emerge during the execution of our services.

Dealing with dilemmas

Certifications and independent advisory services come with its array of dilemmas we face in our day-to-day operations. An active policy in this area means recognizing dilemmas and taking responsibility for resolving them. We encourage employees to discuss business dilemmas with each other and with their management, to make integrity an integral part of our culture.

Governance

Since June 2019 the Compliance function resides with our Chief Legal Officer.