Agilent Corporate Citizenship Report 2015
DISCLOSURE ON MANAGEMENT APPROACH
Agilent's policies, values, organization, and management systems apply across all our global businesses. They are designed to:
- Reduce our negative impacts on the environment
- Protect the occupational health and safety interests of our employees
- Ensure customer requirements are met
- Enhance our value to our communities
- Ensure the highest levels of quality in our products and services
- Increase our competitiveness
- Create a consistent approach across business groups, where applicable
- Meet the expectations of our stakeholders
- Conduct business in an ethical manner
Agilent considers external charters, principles, and guidelines that have been developed through multi-stakeholder processes to guide our business activities.
We also participate in a variety of intra- and cross industry forums to address emerging issues, develop industry-wide approaches to social and environmental challenges, and cooperate with governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and other stakeholders on common concerns.
As part of our Corporate Citizenship Objectives, Agilent strives to be an economic, intellectual, and social asset to each nation and community where we conduct business.
Agilent has been consciously and strongly committed to community involvement through many initiatives - Agilent Technologies Foundation, Agilent Giving Campaign, and other signature programs aimed at giving back to the community. For more information: Agilent in Communities
Agilent does business directly or indirectly in over 120 countries around the globe, each of which has its own unique laws, customs, and business practices. Agilent requires its employees and business partners in all geographies to conduct their affairs with uncompromising integrity and will not tolerate corrupt activities of any kind. Agilent prohibits promising, offering, giving to, or receiving from, any individual anything of value or personal benefit with the expectation of receiving a favor, a grant of business, or any other business advantage in return. Such actions are sometimes referred to as bribes, kickbacks, or quid pro quos.
Agilent is committed to complying with:
- The laws and regulations of each country where Agilent conducts business;
- The laws and regulations of the United States, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act;
- Other international anti-corruption laws and regulations, including the U.K. Bribery Act of 2010 and the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention, to which 38 countries are signatories;
- Agilent's Standards of Business Conduct; and
- Agilent's policies and procedures.
Our commitment incorporates the common elements of anti-corruption laws and regulations worldwide that apply to Agilent's business. Agilent managers are responsible for promoting awareness of, and enforcing compliance with our Global Anti-corruption policy among their reports at all levels, and do not actively or passively authorize or ignore corrupt activities in their organization.
Agilent recognizes ISO 26000 as a reference document that provides guidance on social responsibility. Agilent aligns with ISO 26000 standards as part of our social responsibility practices. As such, Agilent's Social and Community initiatives align with ISO core subjects: Organizational Governance 6.2, Fair Operating Practices 6.6, and Community Involvement and Development 6.8.
Agilent is committed to competing vigorously and fairly in all markets in which we do business. We place the highest importance on maintaining compliance with competition laws globally. To achieve this goal, all Agilent employees must adhere to some very important principles when interacting with competitors, resellers, customers and government employees.
In dealing with any government investigators, employees are instructed to follow the below guidelines:
- If government investigators contact or visit an Agilent site, never resist or obstruct the investigation or adopt a defensive attitude. Immediately contact the most senior site manager, the country general manager, and a representative of the Legal Department.
- If you choose to speak with government investigators, always speak truthfully and completely. Never conceal, destroy or remove any documents or other information to avoid detection during an investigation.
Every Agilent employee is required to read and understand Agilent's Antitrust and Competition Law Compliance Manual and comply with applicable competition laws. Employees are trained through both computer-based and live trainings on competition law on an annual basis and as needed. Employees are trained to report any evidence of misconduct directly to the Legal Department or via the Compliance Hotline. Compliance Our compliance and ethics program has its roots in our Standards of Business Conduct, which has governed employee behavior since Agilent was part of HP. Our commitment to ethics and compliance begins at the highest levels of the company. The program is managed by the Chief Compliance Officer (CCO), who reports directly to the General Counsel and has a reporting relationship to the Audit & Finance Committee of the Board of Directors. The CCO is supported by a team of direct reports located in all major regions in which Agilent does business, as well as a business compliance liaison network embedded in business operations.
Under the leadership of the Chief Compliance Officer, the Global Compliance Department:
- Coordinates and tracks Standards of Business Conduct certification activities,
- Facilitates a full curriculum of online ethics and compliance training,
- Maintains the Compliance Hotline that assists employees and other stakeholders with reporting complaints and asking questions,
- Coordinates investigations of allegations of suspected misconduct, and
- Supports our compliance liaison partners within each business and geography to ensure employees are aware of, and comply with our Standards of Business Conduct and other Agilent policies.
PERCENTAGE OF OPERATIONS WITH IMPLEMENTED LOCAL COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, IMPACT ASSESSMENTS, AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS
Volunteerism is a key element of our core values, and the cornerstone of our corporate citizenship efforts. Agilent employees may use up to four hours of company time per month, with manager approval, to work on company supported or sponsored community activities. Learn more at Agilent's Volunteer Policy.
The annual Agilent Giving Campaign provides employees the opportunity to support a broad range of eligible non-profit organizations in their communities in the areas of health and human services, arts and culture, education and literacy, environment and conservation, and family and civic betterment. The Giving Campaign is implemented in Canada, China, Denmark, England, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Scotland, Spain, Taiwan and the United States. Agilent employees make their communities a better place to live and work through the generous contributions made during the Giving Campaign. The Agilent Technologies Foundation matches employee contributions dollar-for-dollar, doubling the employee donation and allowing the Foundation to invest and support our employees' preferred charities.
Besides the Giving Campaign, the Agilent Technologies Foundation supports other initiatives to enhance, enrich and support the communities in which Agilent operates. In 2015, the Agilent Technologies Foundation provided grants to:
Dairy Association of China (DAC) The purpose of the DCA Grant is to establish a dairy technology laboratory and training center within the DCA to be available to all dairy farmers in China with the objective of increasing dairy product safety for all consumers. The program will include the development of quality testing, safety standards and training to address the entire range of dairy safety from production through distribution.
Japan Science Foundation (JSF) The purpose of the JSF Grant is to support science and technology in Japan. The program supported by the Agilent Technologies Foundation, sends a national team of high school students to the International Biology Olympiad. Students are challenged to expand their talent and to promote their career as a scientist. The Biology Olympiad is focused on biology as a valuable subject for study, and its importance for the society in many aspects.
Children's Discovery Museum (CDM), California, USA The purpose of the CDM Grant is to design and build an outdoor science park that sparks children's curiosity. The park will help children develop important science skills like investigating, categorizing, exploring and testing ideas and assumptions. The park will highlight both the natural and human-made worlds, and how we leverage natural resources to adapt to our changing world. Adults can engage in learning about strategies for conservation, from the solar panel installation to the rain catchment system, both demonstrating residential applications. Native and drought tolerant plants will be used for the landscaping to create a "rain garden" to slow down water to the storm drain. This will help adults develop strategies to manage drought at home. Over 325,000 people annually are expected to experience this exhibit.
OPERATIONS WITH SIGNIFICANT POTENTIAL OR ACTUAL NEGATIVE IMPACTS ON LOCAL COMMUNITIES
AAgilent did not experience any new event that had a negative impact on Agilent's local communities.
PERCENTAGE AND TOTAL NUMBER OF BUSINESS UNITS ANALYZED FOR RISKS RELATED TO CORRUPTION
100 percent of Agilent business units were analyzed for risks related to corruption during the reporting period.
COMMUNICATION AND TRAINING ON ANTI-CORRUPTION POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
100 percent of management and non-management employees were required to receive anti-corruption training during the reporting period. In addition to this, 100 percent of our business partners or distributors were trained on anti-corruption policies and procedures.
ACTIONS TAKEN IN RESPONSE TO INCIDENTS OF CORRUPTION
Agilent has a formal process for investigating and resolving allegations of corruption, should they occur.
TOTAL VALUE OF FINANCIAL AND IN-KIND CONTRIBUTIONS TO POLITICAL PARTIES, POLITICIANS, AND RELATED INSTITUTIONS BY COUNTRY
Agilent contributes to dialogue and decision-making on public policies affecting the company, our employees, and our operations. Specific questions about our political activities can be submitted via www.agilent.com/go/contactus .
TOTAL NUMBER OF LEGAL ACTIONS FOR ANTI-COMPETITIVE BEHAVIOR, ANTITRUST, AND MONOPOLY PRACTICES AND THEIR OUTCOMES
In this current reporting period, there was no legal action for antitrust and anti-competitive behavior.
G4-SO8 MONETARY VALUE OF SIGNIFICANT FINES AND TOTAL NUMBER OF NON-MONETARY SANCTIONS FOR NON-COMPLIANCE WITH LAWS AND REGULATIONS
Agilent has not received any significant fines associated with product non-compliance nor has Agilent been sanctioned for product non-compliance. In addition, Agilent has no dispute resolutions.
NUMBER OF GRIEVANCES ABOUT IMPACTS ON SOCIETY FILED, ADDRESSED, AND RESOLVED THROUGH FORMAL GRIEVANCE MECHANISMS
In the current reporting period, there was no grievance filed by internal or external stakeholders for impact on society.