Don’t be a bully

12 Fair employment & Diversity

Our strong culture and competitive edge depends on us being able to identify, hire and retain the best people. We are committed to implementing fair employment practices and actively fighting all forms of illegal discrimination.

Three key things


We actively promote workforce diversity


Everyone is entitled to enjoy a workplace that is free from harassment or discrimination


Treat all co-employees with respect, dignity and common courtesy


Workforce diversity describes an environment in which fair employment practices support a workforce that includes people from many different backgrounds.

Diversity initiatives aim to increase the value of workforce diversity. We design our management processes to develop and maintain a workplace in which all employees can contribute to their full potential.

Do the right thing

We want to provide a good working environment with fair terms of employment for all employees. If we all commit to actively living our company values and behaviors, it will make a real positive difference.

We observe international human and labor rights standards, which means:

  • We respect and work in line with internationally-proclaimed human rights
  • All employees have equal opportunities based on competence, experience and performance, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, nationality, political opinion, union affiliation, social background and/or characteristics protected by applicable law
  • We have zero tolerance of discrimination, harassment and bullying
  • We do not use child or forced labor
  • All employees have the right to form or join associations and to bargain collectively
  • We offer and maintain a safe and sound working environment that meets or exceeds current global standards and legislation
  • We provide working conditions that comply with local statutory requirements and collective bargaining agreements
  • Treat other employees with respect, dignity and common courtesy
  • Don't bully or victimize any person or behave in a discriminatory way
  • Don't physically or verbally intimidate or humiliate others
  • Humor is not the same for everyone – don't tell stories or jokes that could be seen as inappropriate
  • Don't distribute or display offensive material
  • Allow everyone to enjoy a workplace that is free from harassment based on his or her gender, race, ethnicity, religion, age or any other trait
  • Promptly report any inappropriate or unacceptable behavior you observe in the workplace
  • Follow all applicable labor and employment laws and our People Policy

In practice

My manager speaks to us in a humiliating and intimidating manner. Occasionally he/she scolds us in meetings. What should I do?

You are entitled to work in an environment free from intimidating, hostile or offensive behavior that is subject to legal protection. Report the problem to your manager's manager or HR – they will help you to resolve the situation.

My colleague made a comment that made me feel uncomfortable. Is that harassment?

Not every negative or critical comment is defined as intimidating, hostile or offensive. If you are uncomfortable, try speaking with your manager first. You can also contact Human Resources or the Speak-Up Line.

What do I do if I receive an email that includes offensive jokes or language?

Jokes that could be reasonably viewed as offensive have no place here and shouldn't be sent through company email, regardless of the intended recipients. You may tell the sender that you found the email offensive. You can also notify your manager, Human Resources or the Ethics & Compliance Office.

Find out more

For more information, see our People Policy.

If you have any questions, speak with your line manager or local HR department. You can raise any concerns or report potential misconduct through our secure web portal – Speak-Up Line.

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