Everyone must do their part if we are to maintain our high standards for ethics and integrity. If you believe that a violation of law, our Code or policies has occurred, Speak Up! You do not need to be certain of all the facts. If you see or even suspect illegal or unethical behavior or if you have a question, you have several options:
Discuss the issue with your manager.
Talk to any other member of management, Human Resources, the Legal Department or Internal Audit.
At any time, you may contact Speak Up! at www.danaherintegrity.com
When you ask questions or report problems, you are helping to ensure Danaher achieves and sustains the highest levels of ethics and compliance, and you are helping build the foundation of our future success.
Here are some other important points to keep in mind about reporting violations:
No associate should report any violation to any person who is involved in the violation.
If you raise a concern and the issue is not resolved, you should raise it through another channel.
How to Use Speak Up!
The Speak Up! call center is independent from Danaher and is staffed by third-party ethics and compliance specialists. Speak Up! is a confidential way to ask questions, seek guidance and report possible violations of the Code or any policies, laws, rules or regulations. You may use Speak Up! 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. When you contact Speak Up! the operator will listen, ask questions if necessary, and then write a summary report. The summary will then be provided to Danaher for assessment and further action. You can also file a complaint or submit an inquiry electronically by going to www.danaherintegrity.com
You can choose to call anonymously, where allowed by local law. Unless you choose to identify yourself, Danaher will not be able to determine who called or who logged in to Speak Up! It is important to provide as many details as possible (e.g., who, what, when, where). Since Danaher may need additional information, you will be assigned a report number and asked to call back at a later date to answer any follow-up questions.
Any information provided through Speak Up! or through any other reporting channel will be treated confidentially. In some instances, if an investigation is needed, information may be shared on a need-to-know basis. Danaher may be required by law to report certain types of activities.
Retaliation is Prohibited
Danaher will not tolerate retaliation against anyone who reports a problem in good faith, nor will we tolerate retaliation against anyone who participates in an investigation. If you believe you have been retaliated against or have witnessed retaliation, report it to management or use any of the resources listed in the Code.
Making a report in “good faith” means that you provide all the information that you have and you report honestly, regardless of whether the investigation of your report uncovers any actual misconduct.
Three months ago, I used Speak Up! anonymously. I was concerned that my manager might have awarded a contract to a company owned by his friend. It was investigated and I understand some action was taken. Since then, other associates have stopped speaking to me and copying me on important communications, and I am worried this will affect my performance. I feel that my colleagues know I made the report and are retaliating. Is it retaliation? What should I do?
This could be a case of retaliation. If you do not feel comfortable raising the issue with your manager, use Speak Up! or any of the other resources listed in the Code. A thorough investigation will take place to find out what has led to your colleagues’ behavior. If the investigation determines that they were retaliating because of your report, appropriate action will be taken.
Accountability and Discipline
When a violation of the Code, policies or the law occurs, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken, up to and including termination of employment consistent with applicable laws. Certain actions may also result in legal proceedings, penalties or criminal prosecution.