Ethics

This extract from the Halma plc 2016 Annual Report & Accounts has not been updated since publication in June 2016.

The Group culture is one of openness, integrity and accountability. Halma requires its employees to act fairly in their dealings with fellow employees, customers, suppliers and business partners. Halma introduced a Code of Conduct in 2011/12 which applies to all Group company employees and our external business relationships. We require suppliers to be of high quality and to operate to accepted international standards. Halma operates a confidential whistleblowing policy, which was refreshed and republished in 2015. The external provider enables employees to raise any concerns they may have in confidence and, if they wish, anonymously.

Halma has a zero-tolerance policy on bribery and corruption which extends to all business dealings and transactions in which we are involved. This includes a prohibition on making political donations, offering or receiving inappropriate gifts or making undue payments to influence the outcome of business dealings. Our robust policy and guidance in this area is routinely reviewed and compliance with the policy is checked as part of the half-year and year-end process.

Code of conduct

This Code of Conduct summarises our ethical commitment. It offers guidelines and policies that define how we run our business. It will help deliver consistently high standards of conduct throughout the Group, reinforcing our reputation around the world. We expect our business partners, as well as our employees, to act with similarly high ethical standards.

The Code should help our employees and business partners identify and avoid situations that might violate legislation and best practice. Understanding the relevant laws around the world is not always easy but this Code, encompassing Halma’s policies on Bribery and Corruption, Conflicts of Interest, Insider Dealing and Whistleblowing, covers the major areas. It cannot deal with every circumstance so if it does not give you enough guidance about how to deal with a particular situation, consult your manager, MD, Divisional Chief Executive or the Halma Company Secretary.

Compliance with the Code is not only of concern to Halma, the business, but also to each employee. For example, bribery is illegal and will expose the business to prosecution, fines and loss of reputation. However, it could also expose employees personally to penalties including fines and, in extreme cases, even imprisonment.

If you are aware of any employee or operation involved in illegal acts or acting contrary to the Code of Conduct, you must immediately report it to your manager, MD, Divisional Chief Executive or the Halma Company Secretary. If you have any concern over how your complaint might be handled by your line manager, please use the Whistleblowing policy.

Compliance with the Code is mandatory across the Group worldwide. We all share responsibility for ensuring that individually and collectively we are complying with this Code. I know that I can count on your support and will always do what I can to support you in doing the right thing.

Regards

Andrew Williams
Chief Executive

Here you can download copies of the Halma Code of Conduct in PDF format.

English language

Halma Code of Conduct - A4

Halma Code of Conduct - US letter

Other languages

Halma Code of Conduct - Arabic

Halma Code of Conduct - Chinese

Halma Code of Conduct - Czech

Halma Code of Conduct - Dutch

Halma Code of Conduct - French

Halma Code of Conduct - German

Halma Code of Conduct - Italian

Halma Code of Conduct - Portuguese

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