At Mars, our Five Principles are the key to our culture and we strive to live by them each and every day. That includes conducting business around the world with the highest standards of ethics and in agreement with the law.
We prohibit corruption in any form, including giving, accepting or authorizing bribes. We do not offer bribes to government officials or tolerate commercial bribery. We expect all of our business partners, such as our distributors, customs brokers and other suppliers, to maintain the same standards as we do when acting on our behalf. These expectations are detailed in our Anti-corruption and Human Rights Expectations for Business Partners.
Our Associate ethics and compliance code of conduct clearly describes our zero tolerance for corruption in any form, including commercial bribery. Training for our Associates helps them identify corruption-related risks so we can effectively mitigate those risks. Our Supplier Code of Conduct also requires all of our direct and indirect suppliers to comply with all applicable legal requirements, including the US Foreign Corruption Practices Act and the UK Bribery Act. This Supplier Code of Conduct requires these suppliers to have written policies prohibiting bribery, kickbacks, corruption and similar prohibited business practices. Contractual clauses are used to reinforce these obligations for business partners that interact with government officials.