Business ethics, and anti-bribery and corruption policies

As a Group we aim to act responsibly and ethically in all of our business dealings.

Through our ethics policy we aim to instil the highest standards of business behaviour across the Group and focus on embedding a culture of ethical compliance, so that all of our employees understand the standards of ethical business practices that are expected from them. As well as protecting the reputation of the Group and safeguarding the investment of our shareholders, the business ethics policy aims to protect the interests of every employee by ensuring legal and regulatory compliance as well as promoting responsible behaviour across the Group.

The Group has an established anti-bribery and corruption policy and has introduced an extensive compliance programme which has full support of the Board and from senior management. The programme includes communication of the statement and policy, training, risk assessment, monitoring and review processes. Employees assessed to be at risk are required to complete the training and to self-certify that they understand and agree to be bound by its provisions.

On-going compliance is monitored by local compliance officers who are required to report to their local boards and to the Group Compliance Officer on at least a biannual basis. The compliance officers are responsible for ensuring that risk assessments, training and awareness are up to date and are required to monitor, record and report agency arrangements with third parties.

Read the Group's anti-bribery and corruption policy.