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Respecting Each Other

It really doesn’t matter how much we love our jobs if we don’t feel safe and aren’t treated with dignity at work. This chapter is all about how we create an environment where everyone feels included.

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Harassment: don’t do it

What it all comes down to is one simple, yet so important word: Respect. We all want to go to work feeling safe and comfortable when we step through the doors and interact with each other. It’s an absolute necessity in order to work well together and achieve our goals. Each of us is expected to do our part to create a respectful workplace culture – one that is free of unlawful bias, harassment, intimidation, and discrimination of any kind.

We do not tolerate these actions in any form – physical, verbal or non-verbal – including:

  • Remarks, gestures or behavior relating to a legally protected characteristic that offends someone
  • Offensive comments, jokes or pictures related to personal characteristics
  • Sexual harassment, like unwanted advances, inappropriate sexual jokes, sexually suggestive comments, inappropriate touching, requests for sexual favors and inappropriate comments about another’s appearance

Remember, these are only a few examples. It’s really important that you understand your local policies, because the laws vary depending on where in the world you are working.

So, in the best interests of us all, we encourage you to report any inappropriate behavior that you come across – whether you see it, experience it or hear about it from someone else – as soon as possible.

Find out more See your applicable policy – for more information, contact/report to your manager, your local HR partner, or another contact on the ASK list.

Diversity and non-discrimination: respect differences

Diversity is one of our greatest strengths as a company. With all of our unique talents and our great mix of people, we spark innovation, create stronger teams and stay ahead of our competition. And it’s up to each and every one of us to help our company build and maintain an inclusive work environment that fosters respect and reflects the diversity of the communities where we operate. Our company doesn’t tolerate discrimination or make employment-related decisions on the basis of a protected characteristic or any other basis protected by applicable law.

Employee personal data: protect it

Do you access personal information about fellow employees as part of your job? It’s important to protect this information from inappropriate or unauthorized use or disclosure and handle it according to our company policies and procedures as well as the privacy and data protection laws (whether local or international) that apply to your work.

Find out more See your applicable information security and data protection policies - for more information, please contact the Legal Department or your information security team.

Be safe

Drugs and alcohol: stay sharp

We trust each other to keep our heads straight and minds clear at work. That’s why it’s never okay to possess, use or be under the influence of illegal drugs while on the job. Abusing drugs or alcohol at work, or before work, can lead to safety issues, damage your business relationships, or hurt your productivity and innovation. Simply put, it all comes down to using good judgment and common sense. If you want more information, please contact your local HR partner or someone else on the ASK list.

Violence: it’s not okay

We don’t tolerate violence. Period. This includes threats, intimidation or any act of violence whatsoever. If you ever encounter or hear about workplace violence or threats of workplace violence, we encourage you to contact someone on the ASK list. If someone is in immediate danger, do not hesitate to contact the local authorities.

Workplace laws: we follow them

We comply with all applicable wage and labor laws. This can be a complex area, so always feel free to reach out to someone on the ASK list if you have any questions. Of course, we don’t tolerate retaliation against employees for asking questions or attempting to invoke their rights under applicable laws.

Remember. The ASK list is your
go-to if you have questions.