We are committed to ensuring that our business is conducted in all respects according to rigorous ethical, professional and legal standards. Adherence to applicable local laws and regulations, and the application of common sense, logic and the basic standards of behaviour expected in the society in which we participate, should guide each employee in determining the correct course of action that supports these standards in their daily working lives:
CONFLICTS OF INTEREST
All employees should avoid situations where personal interests could conflict, or appear to conflict, with the interests of Bunzl plc and its subsidiaries (‘Group’). Our reputation depends not only on our high quality services and products but also on the manner in which we conduct our relationships with customers, suppliers, government officials, organisations and others outside Bunzl. Each employee must ensure that his/her conduct does not provide, or give the appearance of providing, him/her with personal gain at the expense of the Group or third parties with which the Group deals.
GIFTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
The giving and receiving of gifts, entertainment and gratuities between employees, customers and suppliers or other outside business acquaintances represents a source of potential conflict of interest. Any significant gift or entertainment likely to be deemed as influential upon decision making is unacceptable.
ILLEGAL PAYMENTS AND POLITICAL DONATIONS
The making or receiving of illegal payments or inducements, such as bribes or facilitation payments or other corrupt practice, is contrary to the policy of the Group and the funds and resources of the Group shall not be used directly or indirectly for any such purpose. It is Bunzl’s policy not to make any donations to political parties.
RELATIONSHIPS WITH CUSTOMERS AND SUPPLIERS
Each employee has the responsibility to ensure there are no compromises in delivering the highest standard of services and products and that every aspect of our operations which impacts upon quality promotes and reflects these standards. No one should take unfair advantage of anyone through manipulation, concealment, abuse of privileged information or misrepresentation of material facts.
COMPLIANCE WITH LAWS, RULES AND REGULATIONS
Bunzl companies and their employees must observe the laws, rules and regulations of each country in which they operate. Employees who are involved in the preparation of any information that will be included in any public communication to shareholders or investors or in any document or report that will be filed with the London Stock Exchange or the UK Listing Authority must ensure that such information is full, fair, timely and understandable. All such public communications may only be made through Bunzl plc.
DEALING IN BUNZL SHARES
Employees must not disclose unpublished “price sensitive” information to any person, whether or not an employee. All non-public information should be considered inside information and should never be used for personal gain and in many countries such action is unlawful. The Bunzl Code for Dealing in Securities in relation to the purchase, sale or other dealing in the shares of Bunzl plc should be observed at all times. Most notably, affected employees and associated persons should always obtain prior consent from the Company Secretary before dealing in the Company’s securities.
PROTECTION OF CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION
No employee shall without proper authority access, modify, disclose or make use of any trade secrets, confidential commercial or personal information for any purpose other than as properly required for legitimately carrying out his or her duties. The obligation of confidentiality continues after employees cease working for the Group and covers disclosure to others.
PROTECTION AND PROPER USE OF THE GROUP’S ASSETS
Each employee is responsible for the protection and wise stewardship of our assets. This includes being responsible for the establishment of, and adherence to, procedures that ensure our assets are not put in jeopardy or used wastefully. Whether it is responsibility for, for example management of equipment and premises, energy conservation, security, protection of information or effective control procedures, every employee must seek to use all our resources with efficiency, honesty and the highest standards of care. All employees are prohibited from taking for themselves business opportunities that arise through the use of the Group’s property, information or position. This includes obtaining personal gain or competing with the Group.