Ethics & Compliance Management
“A bright future beckons. The onus is on us, through hard work, honesty, and integrity, to reach for the stars.” – Nelson Mandela
As a leading multinational pharmaceutical company, we fully identify with these powerful words of Nelson Mandela, as they represent who we are and what drives our success as an organisation.
Being one of Aspen’s core values, Integrity is not negotiable. It requires every employee, and those who we do business with, to each play their part in ensuring that our business is conducted according to the highest ethical standards and in compliance with applicable laws.
To support this objective, we have in place the Aspen Code of Conduct, and supporting Group ethics & compliance programmes which include policies, procedures, training, and other mechanisms that ensure that our employees and business partners know and understand the standards of conduct expected of them and are able to identify and manage risks that may arise in their work for Aspen. An important element of the programme is the Aspen Whistleblowing Policy, and associated independent Tip-Offs Anonymous Hotline, which facilitates accountability by providing mechanisms for the reporting and investigation of concerns raised by our stakeholders.
The success of the ethics & compliance programme is a collective responsibility. The Group Ethics & Compliance team is responsible for designing, monitoring and continuously improving the programme. Those in management positions are responsible for leading by example and ensuring that the programme doesn’t exist in isolation, but rather becomes part of the way Aspen does business. Our Regional Ethics & Compliance Officers guide and provide support on the implementation of the programme in their allocated businesses and geographical regions. Each Aspen employee is required to actively participate in training and make use of the available resources to ensure that they know what is expected of them in their day-to-day work. They are also encouraged to raise concerns when they suspect or observe unethical conduct. Our external stakeholders also have an important role to play by reporting ethics or compliance issues they may observe concerning Aspen.
Maintaining integrity and the trust of our stakeholders is a vital business priority, and I wish to thank all involved in ensuring the that this objective is attained.
Aspen Group Chief Executive
25 October 2022