Advances in science—particularly those in the areas of biology and medicine—can sometimes lead to ethical controversy. As a result, Life Technologies places a high priority on scientific integrity and ethical conduct.
The Protocol—Our Guide to Integrity
The Protocol is our code of conduct. Updated biannually, and translated into 12 local languages, the Protocol governs our business practices and compliance efforts and provides specific examples of what constitutes acceptable and unacceptable behavior, consistent with our legal obligations, global values, and core business principles.
The policies maintained within the Protocol are aligned to internationally agreed standards and are applied equally to our workforce regardless of department, business unit, or geographic location. We also require suppliers, consultants, contractors, agents, and distributors, acting on behalf of Life Technologies, to follow the policies that are applicable to their position or representation.
As Life Technologies is headquartered in the United States, most sections of the Protocol focus primarily on US laws. However, most of the Protocol is applicable in other countries as well, either directly or because of comparable laws, including countries of sensitivity.
Annual training for all Life Technologies employees is required regardless of job level, responsibilities, or geographical location. Training includes key laws and practices including, but not limited to: antiboycott laws, antitrust practices, corruption and bribery, competition laws, harassment and discrimination, diversity, environmental, health and safety, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, gifts, insider trading and lobbying. The current edition now includes training on healthcare compliance. Training translates our aspirational values into relevant examples.
Human and Labor Rights
Life Technologies is a signatory on the UN Global Compact. When it comes to human rights, our policies describing labor conditions, fair compensation, working conditions, employee safety, and policies against child labor and forced or compulsory labor are clear and apply not only to our employees but also to the vendors, partners, franchises, suppliers and contractors with whom we do business.
Life Technologies employees have the obligation to report compliance and ethical concerns to their supervisor or the Protocol Helpline. Reporting is confidential, anonymous and hosted by an independent organization. This tool enables persons to provide valuable feedback, comments, suggestions and alerts. Life Technologies now provides a translator option via local language telephone numbers for China, France, Germany and Japan, to assist those who wish to report concerns in their local language. Life Technologies maintains a non-retaliation policy.