At Smith & Nephew we are committed to creating a culture of performance, innovation and trust; integrity is the foundation on which we build our business. We take seriously our responsibilities to act ethically and in compliance with the laws and regulations in the countries in which we operate.
We believe that being compliant makes us a better company in providing products and services for patients and healthcare professionals. We earn trust with patients, customers, healthcare professionals, authorities and the public by acting in an honest and fair manner in all aspects of our operations. We expect the same from those with whom we do business, including distributors and independent agents who sell our products, as well as vendors who interact with others on our behalf.
Our world class Global Compliance Programme helps our business to comply with laws and regulations. Our comprehensive programme includes global policies and procedures, on-boarding and annual training for employees and managers, monitoring and auditing processes, reporting channels, and recognition for demonstrating our values.
Through our global intranet, we provide resources and tools to guide employees to make decisions that comply both with the law and our Code. We conduct advance review and approval for significant interactions with healthcare professionals or government officials. We regularly assess existing and emerging risks in the countries in which we operate.