Ethics & Compliance

Lilly maintains an effective ethics and compliance programme designed to meet external requirements, guided by the company's values of integrity, excellence, and respect for people.

At Lilly, we strive to earn and maintain the trust of people we serve by acting ethically and responsibly in all that we do every day. We set high standards for our products, operations and performance and we show caring and respect for those touched by our work.

Since our founding more than 145 years ago, we have approached our company's business with a deep sense of responsibility to all of our stakeholders. Our actions, now as then, are grounded in our company's core values of integrity, excellence and respect for people.

As part of our commitment to these values, we have developed and continue to refine and improve our ethics and compliance programme. This programme, which is designed to promote ethical conduct and instil a culture of integrity, includes dedicated teams supporting global anti-corruption, bioethics and privacy programmes. We require our employees to complete annual training in ethical business practices and have systems in place designed to detect violations of laws, regulations and company policies. Everywhere we operate around the world, we commit to upholding our high standards for our products, our ethical conduct and our performance.

Our global ethics and compliance programme supports this commitment and is designed to meet all external requirements including codes issued by the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America and the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industry Associations.

We actively promote open communication at all levels of the organisation. Our employees understand that they have an obligation to speak up when they have questions or concerns about potential violations or unethical behaviour that could harm Lilly or the people we serve. Our leaders are expected to support and promote this open communication. Employees can report concerns to leadership, as well as human resources, ethics and compliance or legal. The Lilly Ethics and Compliance Hotline is available online 24 hours a day to employees and the public globally, subject to local law, or via email. The hotline website also lists up-to-date local phone numbers for most countries, where available. Translation services are available, if needed, and reports may be made anonymously.

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