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Archroma fully supports and complies with the 1948 United Nations Universal Declaration of Human
Rights. Archroma does not undertake any business with any country or regime with known human rights
abuses. Archroma fully supports and complies with United States Sanctions Laws and the European Union
Restrictive Measures and regulations.
For Archroma, there is no other way to do business than in a sustainable and responsible way. Archroma
is therefore committed to act with integrity and in strict compliance with the law.
Archroma has a Code of Conduct for employees, signed by the Chief Executive Officer and publicly available,
which sets out the binding rules and guidelines for the employees and officers of Archroma. This enables
employees to rely on the Code as a navigation guide, and one another’s good judgement, to uphold a high
standard of integrity for the individual and Archroma.
Each employee is required to make a personal commitment to meeting the Code of Conduct when joining
the group. As a general rule, Archroma conducts re-training on the Code of Conduct for all employees on
an annual basis. In addition, compliance topics are included in all meeting agendas to reinforce awareness
throughout the organization.
Archroma takes responsibility for its employees, its customers, its suppliers, its other stakeholders and
the environment in order to achieve profitable long-term business development. Archroma commits
to maintaining an ethical and sustainable operation, and business development in all activities according
to its own Code of Conduct and Responsible Care®.
The Archroma Code of Conduct links all Archroma employees around the world in a collective commitment
to integrity and excellence in all they do, by providing tools that will guide them in making consistent,
These principles are summarized in three rules:
1.No bribery under any circumstance;
2.Do not accept or offer kickbacks, even if moderate in value;
3.Third parties hired by Archroma are subject to above-mentioned principles.
It is a duty and responsibility of all employees and associated persons to take whatever reasonable steps
are necessary to ensure compliance with this policy. According to the company’s Code of Conduct and
Whistleblower Policy, employees shall immediately disclose to the company any knowledge or suspicion
of plans to offer, promise or give a bribe or to request, agree to receive or accept a bribe in connection with
the business of the company.
Archroma has set up a Compliance Committee and a Compliance Officer holding regular meetings and
responsible for investigating any potential violations in a professional and consistent manner, while
safeguarding fundamental legal principles such as confidentiality, fairness and objectivity.
Any breach of the Code of Conduct has been reported to the Compliance Committee, investigated and, if
necessary, prosecuted according to the company’s disciplinary procedure and/or criminal action, should the
Regular internal audits are performed by the Group Internal Audit function. The audit plan is based,
in addition to other elements, on the Corruption Perception Index, published annually by Transparency
Archroma also has a Whistleblowing Policy in place that allows the anonymous reporting of any suspicious
situation of violations of our Code of Conduct or the law.
In addition, Archroma and its affiliated companies are committed to integrity and an open culture where
everybody feels secure in seeking advice or raising concerns, and has confidence that reports are handled
in a professional and transparent way. To help in its ability to provide advice and enable employees to
report concerns or misconduct, the Archroma Code of Conduct and Whistleblower Policy are essential
elements of integrity in the commitment to an open culture where people feel secure in seeking advice
and in raising concerns. Archroma ensures a retaliation-free environment to anyone who comes forward
in good faith to ask questions or report violations.
Archroma strictly prohibits all forms of corruption and any business conduct that could create the
appearance of improper influence. Archroma applies a zero tolerance policy regarding bribery in every
kind of commercial setting.