Colgate-Palmolive's Code of Conduct promotes the highest ethical standards in all of the Company's business dealings.
A Message From our Chairman, President & CEO
Ethical behavior, long the foundation of our success, has never been more important. Along with our values of Caring, Global Teamwork and Continuous Improvement, Colgate’s reputation for integrity has been a source of strength and a competitive advantage. Today, consumers demand ethical behavior from the makers of products they use. Retailers demand it from their suppliers. And shareholders demand it from the companies in which they invest. So we must demand it from ourselves and from one another.
Our Code of Conduct has guided Colgate People for over 30 years with principles that reflect our values and set standards for our ethical behavior. While our values and principles are enduring, the Code is regularly updated to ensure it addresses the changing context of our business. Our job as Colgate People, no matter where in the world we work, is to make sure our behavior and decisions always live up to our Code.
As a member of the Colgate family, it is important that you read, understand and fully comply with our Code. This is to ensure that all our decisions at work — or the personal decisions affecting our work — are guided by our responsibility to act with integrity and maintain the highest ethical standards. And Colgate People are expected to “Speak Up,” challenging behavior that conflicts with our Code, our policies or applicable laws.
Colgate People take great pride in our business results and know that they matter. But so does the way we achieve those results.
Thank you in advance for your ongoing commitment to our Company, our values and to the ethical behavior that is so vital to our continued business success.
About The Code of Conduct
Our Colgate Code of Conduct serves as an important resource to ensure our daily business interactions are conducted with integrity. The Code clearly conveys to each of us that the manner in which we achieve our business results matters. The Code applies to all Colgate people, including directors, officers and all employees of the Company and its subsidiaries. Vendors and suppliers are also subject to similar requirements, as adherence to the Colgate Third Party Code of Conduct is a condition for conducting business with Colgate.
Each employee is responsible for demonstrating integrity and leadership by complying with the Code, the Business Practices Guidelines, Company policies and all applicable laws. By fully integrating ethics and integrity in our ongoing business relationships and decision-making, we demonstrate a commitment to a culture that promotes the highest ethical standards.
If you have any questions or concerns about interpreting or complying with the Code or any related Colgate policy or procedure, you should discuss the situation with your manager, Human Resources, the Global Legal Organization or Global Ethics & Compliance.
It is Colgate’s policy and practice to maintain the highest ethical standards, and to create a workplace free of inappropriate or unlawful behavior, in which people are encouraged to share their concerns with the Company without fear of retaliation. Consequently, at Colgate, no adverse action will be taken against any employee, former employee, agent or third party for complaining about, reporting, participating or assisting in the investigation of a suspected violation of the Company’s Code of Conduct, Company policy or applicable law, unless the allegation made or information provided is found to be intentionally false or was not made or provided in good faith. To the maximum extent possible, Colgate will maintain the confidentiality of all complaints. All allegations of retaliation will be investigated, and if appropriate, disciplinary action will be taken, up to and including termination.
The Code is available online and has been translated into forty-one languages. Colgate people are required to read, understand and comply with the Code. To reinforce our commitment, Colgate people receive ongoing Code training and certify to compliance with the Code on an annual basis.
Compliance with the Code is easier to ensure by using good judgment and seeking guidance when questions arise. If you are uncertain about a specific action, click on the 'Ethical Decision -Making Questions' section below.
Ethical Decision-Making Questions
Code of Conduct in 42 Local Languages
The Code of Conduct has been translated and is available in 41 local languages. Click on the language below to view the Code of Conduct.