Our mission at Sigma-Aldrich is enabling science to improve the quality of life. We strive to be the trusted global partner of choice for our customers by building on our proven foundation of trust, service and innovation.
The only sustainable way to earn the unwavering trust of our customers is by demanding a high standard of behavior and unquestionable integrity from every Sigma-Aldrich employee. Continued honest and ethical business conduct is a cornerstone of our “One Company” values — the articulation of our commitment to transparency, responsibility and compliance at all times. Constant respect for people means we treat all of our employees, customers and every other associate around the world with the utmost dignity. Maintaining our corporate integrity is the responsibility of each of us. At every level and facet of Sigma-Aldrich, we are all expected to uphold this dedication to corporate ethics on a daily basis.
Compliance and Ethics
In every corner of our global network, it is imperative that all Sigma-Aldrich employees comply with the legal rules and ethical guidelines of our company, the industry, and the city, state and country in which they work. Nobody is above the law, and ethical violations are never acceptable.
The laws and regulations that govern our employees and our business include those related to antitrust and competition, boycotts, accounting and financial reporting standards, import and export regulation, foreign currencies, sales and value-added taxes, income taxes, employment, safety, the environment, food and drug regulation, and insider trading laws. Law enforcement agencies are increasingly enforcing laws by prosecuting not only corporations, but also their employees, seeking to subject them to heavy penalties, fines and jail terms.
A single violation by even one employee can cause great harm to our companys reputation and ability to carry on our operations, and can compromise the work of many others.
Every employee is expected to be familiar with the basic legal requirements that apply to his or her duties on the job. For example, sales representatives and marketing managers are expected to know basic rules regulating marketing practices and antitrust principles, such as the prohibition against price fixing and the rules governing restrictions on dealers and distributors. Production managers are expected to know the environmental and safety rules that apply to their manufacturing operations. Human resources specialists and all managers who make hiring, compensation, promotion, termination and other decisions affecting employees should be familiar with applicable equal employment opportunity laws, other employment laws and the company’s human resources policies.
Should a conflict arise between the laws of countries in which we operate, or between any company policy or directive and any law or regulation, the conflict should be immediately reported to the General Counsel. Conflicts related to safety or compliance should be immediately reported to the Vice President of Safety and Compliance. It is never the intent of Sigma-Aldrich to issue any policy or directive that could violate any law or regulation. Whenever there is any doubt about legal obligations or the appropriateness of conduct in any situation, employees are expected to ask their supervisor or the Legal department for instruction or advice.