Ethics & Compliance
ETHICS & COMPLIANCE Highlights
Rank on the 2020 CPA-Zicklin Index for corporate political spending transparency and accountability
Online Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption training module
Health Policy Council to govern the alignment of our policy positions
and Business Conduct
Integrity In Action, Alexion’s Code of Ethics and Business Conduct, is our framework for acting with integrity and connecting our values to our business conduct. It is translated into multiple languages and provides information, resources and tools that provide guidance on how to act ethically and in compliance with the law, and is complemented by a host of more detailed company policies and procedures.
Alexion’s annual Integrity Matters Week aims to demonstrate how our value of Integrity is at the core of everything we do and how we embrace its fundamental role in our daily work. During Integrity Matters Week, we provided employees with opportunities to build their compliance and quality mindset and capabilities by hearing from patient organizations, behavioral science experts and Alexion leaders. We enhanced our employees’ personal integrity journey through training sessions, panel discussions, and engaging resources and tools like interactive job aids and an Augmented Reality application that brings to life a Nobel Prize winning framework for making ethical decisions.
Holding Our Suppliers
to High Standards
Alexion’s vendors are an important extension of our business; as such, we hold them to the same high standards we expect of ourselves. To help codify this expectation, we published an updated Vendor Code of Conduct in 2020. It has been translated into 19 languages and, by agreeing to do business with us, our suppliers are obliged to comply with this Code.
The Alexion Strategic Sourcing and EHS teams developed ESG assessments for our critical suppliers. Moving forward, we will conduct ESG risk assessments that encompass the following evaluations of our suppliers and vendors: a location-based labor and human rights assessment; a climate change risk review; and a reputational and EHS risk assessment.
With the creation of our new DI&B function at Alexion, we also developed a cross-functional DI&B Innovation Pod focused on managing, expanding and communicating about our Supplier Diversity Program. Some of the progress we made in 2020 was to create a new charter and mission statement to reinforce our commitment to partnering with diverse suppliers.
IT & Cybersecurity
As a biopharma company, the data we must protect are incredibly important to our business and stakeholders: chief among them is the intellectual property that we create by investing millions of R&D dollars. Examples include privacy information, trade secrets, trial results, manufacturing formulas and quality information.
The intensity of cyberattack volume, variety and velocity is relentless. Alexion, not unlike many companies, is attacked approximately every two seconds, and we must respond instantaneously to contain these attacks. Our first line of defense starts with all of Alexion’s employees. As a workforce, we all understand the important role that we play in programs that are designed to protect our patients by protecting ourselves.