Since 2013, our code of conduct has described the central principles of our corporate culture. It was updated in autumn 2020 so that we can continue to meet the increased number of ethical and regulatory requirements presented by our fast-moving world. The code of conduct will therefore continue to guide our decisions and help us to prevent any misconduct. The new and additional content is based on common international standards and requirements.
The code of conduct is binding upon all employees at all CHG-MERIDIAN locations. It also sets out our expectations for how our customers, suppliers, and other business partners should behave. Acting with integrity at all levels creates trust both internally and externally and is essential to our continued commercial success.
CHG-MERIDIAN expects its employees and business partners to report any compliance violations that they become aware of. Contact persons for such reports include immediate supervisors, senior management, the Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) as well as an external ombudsman.
Our behavior towards one another is characterised by respect, trust, and tolerance. We therefore handle all reports of possible violations as strictly confidential. We assume that our whistle-blower system will be used responsibly and with integrity.
A report will not be classified as a breach of confidence. Such reports will not result in discriminatory action against the reporting person, provided that he or she made the report in good faith regarding the accuracy of his or her statements. The whistle-blower remains anonymous at all times unless the whistle-blower expressly permits disclosure either in advance or after the fact.
The CHG-MERIDIAN ombudsman is - in addition to the Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) - the central point of contact and the anonymous authority with respect to CHG-MERIDIAN in the whistle-blower system. The law firm Walder Wyss in Basel (CH) is available as a neutral ombudsman.
Non-disclosure agreement between CHG-MERIDIAN and the ombudsman: