At Newell Brands, we’re building one of the most transformative consumer products companies in the world. We have big ambitions, and with those ambitions, comes tremendous responsibility. As we work to achieve our goals, it’s essential that we always do the right thing. In fact, we believe the way we achieve our results is just as important as the results themselves.
Our Code of Conduct sets out clear guidelines on how we are committed to doing the right thing. To ensure that our Code is at the heart of everything we do, we have a dynamic Global Ethics & Compliance program focused on upholding and promoting the high ethical standards in our Code.
Code of Conduct
The key to our continued growth is a commitment by every employee to an ethical workplace. Our Code helps us keep that commitment by reflecting our values and providing us with information to guide us to make ethical decisions consistently as we conduct business globally. To maintain our ethical standards at every level of our company, all Newell Brands employees, Board of Directors and Executive Officers are required to complete mandatory training on our Code. Select employees are given additional training on specific topics of the Code based on the nature of their role and function. We encourage our employees to speak up through our various reporting channels if they see or suspect anything that is unethical or illegal.
Our Code applies to all employees of Newell Brands, regardless of location, seniority, division or function, including our Board of Directors and our Executive Officers. In rare circumstances where a waiver of a provision of our Code is needed, approval must be obtained from the Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer. Executive officers and directors must submit waiver requests to the Nominating/Governance Committee of the Board of Directors. If approved, Newell Brands will promptly disclose such waivers as required by law.
Newell Brands is committed to a “speak up” environment where open, honest communications are the expectation, not the exception. We encourage our employees to speak up when they have a question, concern or suspect a possible violation of our Code.
We do not tolerate retaliation against anyone who raises a concern in good faith. In fact, our employees will not be retaliated against in any way for seeking advice, raising a concern, reporting suspected misconduct in good faith or cooperating with an investigation.
The company’s Ethics Hotline is available for employees and third parties to report any potential violations to our Code, policies or laws and regulations. The Ethics Hotline is operated by an independent, third-party hotline provider, and allows individuals to anonymously submit a report (where permitted by law). The Hotline supports multiple languages and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Employees may also report their concerns to a manager, the Global Ethics & Compliance team or Human Resources.
Once a report is submitted, the Global Ethics & Compliance team will review the details of the report as soon as possible and notify the reporter when the report has been received.
Vendor Code of Conduct
Our high ethical standards apply to all our business dealings as well. Third parties who do business with Newell Brands must also follow standards equivalent to our Code of Conduct and abide by all applicable laws and regulations. The Vendor Code of Conduct outlines the expectations we have of our business partners.
Click here to view our Vendor Code of Conduct.
If you have any questions about our Global Ethics & Compliance Program, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to connect with a member of our Global Ethics & Compliance team.