Code of Conduct

All employees and business partners receive training in Vitrolife’s Code of Conduct to ensure that Vitrolife’s business is conducted in accordance with local legislation, international and national codes of conduct and Vitrolife’s standards. Vitrolife’s Code of Conduct has been drawn up, amongst other things, on the basis of the UN’s Global Compact regarding human rights, working conditions, the environment and anti-corruption. Vitrolife requires that all employees and distributors sign and comply with Vitrolife’s Code of Conduct.

About this Code for employees

Our Code of Conduct describes our values, commitments and rights – both in the workplace environment and in business operations. It describes what Vitrolife expects of us and what we can expect of Vitrolife.

This Code of Conduct applies to all full-time and part-time Vitrolife employees and temporary staff worldwide (henceforth referred to as employees). You should read and understand this Code and act in accordance with the rules it lays down.

Furthermore, you should read this Code in order to understand what is expected of you, as well as when you need guidance in a particular situation. In addition to reading and applying this Code, you also need to consult and follow laws, regulations and Vitrolife´s supporting policies, both globally and locally. Our aim is that all employees should have our values as a guideline in their daily work. In situations where neither the law nor the Code of Conduct gives guidance, we should apply our own standards based on our corporate values and culture.

   

Please note that every manager has an obligation, within his or her area of responsibility, to ensure that employees and business partners are informed of the contents of Vitrolife´s Code of Conduct and the need for compliance with it. Furthermore, managers within Vitrolife should always set a good example.

Any failure to comply with this Code, its supporting policies, or the laws and regulations of the countries in which you work, will be fully investigated and appropriate action will be taken. This may include re-training, disciplinary measures, or other corrective action, up to and including termination of employment, depending on the circumstances. Violations of the  law can also result in the imposition of criminal and/or civil fines and other penalties depending on the applicable law.

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About this Code for Business Partners

This Code of Conduct applies for all of Vitrolife’s business partners, such as suppliers, distributors, agents, joint ventures or co-promotion partners, and research or licensing partners. The Code describes what Vitrolife expects of business partners with regards to standards in the workplace environment and in business operations.

The business partner shall ensure that its employees and other persons and entities that are acting on behalf of the business partner or are otherwise involved in the business relationship between Vitrolife and the business partner read and understand this Code, as well as act in accordance with it.

     

Business partners shall address any failure to meet the standards in this Code and take immediate and appropriate actions to make improvements. Please note that critical deviations from the Code or repeated unwillingness to make improvements could jeopardize the relationship between Vitrolife and the business partner.

Vitrolife may want to ensure that the Code is complied with and could therefore request access to relevant premises and documentation to verify the business partner’s compliance with the Code. We expect our business partners to, upon receiving reasonable notice, give Vitrolife or any auditor appointed by Vitrolife such access without undue delay.

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Whistleblower function

Reports of violations of this code may be done anonymously and confidentially via an external partner for whistleblowing service

All messages are encrypted to ensure the anonymity of the person sending a message.

The whistleblower function is managed by the HR Director and the Chairman of the Board.