Ethics & Compliance
At Cooper, we have a long-standing tradition of excellence and quality. As a Company, we consider compliance with good business practices to be a top priority and we are committed to upholding the highest standards of ethics in our relationships with customers, employees, stockholders and the public.
In order to preserve and enhance this tradition and to continue to reach our highest potential, we have developed various policies and compliance practices, including adoption of our Ethics & Business Conduct Policy which applies globally to all employees, as well as our officers and directors. The Ethics Policy is designed to provide employees with guidance regarding compliance with laws, regulations and Company policies. We regularly communicate with employees regarding the Ethics Policy to ensure familiarity and awareness, and we require that employees annually certify their agreement to abide by the policy.
The Ethics Policy also has specific anti-retaliation provisions intended to protect employees who step forward. We encourage open communication of concerns and we are committed to protecting anyone providing a good faith report of inappropriate business practices. In addition to internal reporting channels, employees also have the option of anonymous reporting through our third-party managed compliance hotline. Retaliation against anyone making a report, directly or through the hotline, or participating in an investigation will result in disciplinary action.
In addition to the Ethics Policy, we provide ongoing training and education globally, targeted to employee roles and functions. Training may be provided in person or online and addresses compliance topics such as conflicts of interest, privacy, anti-discrimination, anti-corruption and guidelines with regard to gifts and hospitality for customers and government officials. Participation in, or completion of, required training is tracked and refreshed on a regular basis. We also require periodic certifications by management level employees regarding adherence to Company policy and various compliance topics. These practices act to supplement the Ethics Policy and provide topic specific guidance to employees.
Third Party Due Diligence
At Cooper, we maintain risk-based policies and procedures regarding interactions with third-parties, including suppliers, distributors and global healthcare professionals. These policies and practices are reinforced with periodic anti-corruption training and, where appropriate, third parties are required to undergo auditing and due-diligence processes. We also regularly review and disclose information about our practices regarding supply chain transparency, conflict minerals and modern slavery issues, and we provide guidance for our suppliers with regard to expected ethical conduct.
Risk Management and Oversight
Our Board of Directors recognizes the importance of appropriate oversight of potential business risks in running a successful operation and meeting its fiduciary obligations to our business and our stockholders. The Board maintains responsibility for creating an appropriate culture of risk management. Directly and through its committees under their respective charters, the Board takes an active role in overseeing our aggregate risk potential and in assisting management with addressing specific risks, including competitive, legal, regulatory, operational and financial risks. We also maintain a Global Risk Committee composed of members of senior management. This committee is responsible for the review of our potential and identified business risk and makes regular reports to the Board or its committees as appropriate.