As a multinational corporation, our products are used in more than 100 countries. Our global reach means that dealing with a diversity of cultures and business practices is an everyday occurrence. While we value diversity, we must also comply with laws and ethical standards regardless of where we operate. Our ability to operate ethically and responsibly means that we reduce business risk, maintain legislative compliance and provide our employees with a better place to work.
In some countries in which we operate, serious ethical challenges must be tackled, such as bribery and corruption, or discriminatory practices within wider society. By setting clear guidelines, we ensure that all staff are clear about our expectations of acceptable business practices.
Introduced in 2010, LyondellBasell’s Code of Conduct covers topics such as fair and accurate business dealings, corruption, health and safety, discrimination and environmental protection. In order to ensure that all employees understand their obligations, the Code is available in 14 different languages, and in 2011 web-based training was launched to more than 5,000 employees.
Should employees have concerns about unethical practices within the Company, they may raise their concern with their supervisors. If they are not satisfied with the response, they make a report via an ethics helpline, and this may be done anonymously if they wish. The Company prohibits retaliation against people raising concerns.