Respect and ethical behavior
Our focus on people extends beyond FMC employees to encompass the many people around the world who directly and indirectly touch our business. As we continue to grow globally, we recognize the potential risks of operating in multiple regions with differing laws and business practices.
|FMC Code of Ethics
FMC’s Code of Ethics and Business Conduct (Code) summarizes the legal and ethical principles that we follow in our daily work. FMC’s commitment to the Code starts at the corporation’s highest level. The FMC Corporate Responsibility Committee manages FMC’s overall compliance with applicable law and FMC policies (including the Code) and compliance training. This committee consists of our chief executive officer, chief financial officer, executive vice president of human resources, executive vice president and general counsel, and one of our business presidents. The group also considers the appropriate response to significant ethics and compliance matters. The Committee reports to the Audit Committee of the FMC Board of Directors.
In 2012, we clarified our commitment in this area by updating our Code of Ethics and Business Conduct to unambiguously state our expectations related to human dignity. While our businesses have consistently maintained high standards in this area, we saw this policy update as an important reaffirmation of our ethical principles and practices, especially as our business grows worldwide.
Every new FMC employee receives ethics compliance training, followed by recertification at least every three years to ensure strict adherence to our Code of Ethics. Required re-training and re-certification on the Code took place in 2013.
To view more information on 2013 training and activities, view 2013 report update.
FMC employees worldwide are encouraged to report suspected violations of the FMC Code and other legal or ethical violations through a confidential and anonymous system managed by Global Compliance, a leading provider of outsourced governance, risk management and compliance services. Employees can contact Global Compliance 24 hours a day, 7 days per week either by phone, web or mail. Global Compliance provides multi lingual service and has trained staff to handle ethics calls.
It is FMC’s policy to investigate any reported violation of the Code, other FMC policy, or applicable law, and to take appropriate action, as determined by FMC, based on the results of the investigation. It is also FMC’s policy that every employee may report violations with no fear of retaliation by co-workers, supervisors, or others.
Labor Agreements Based on Respect
Treating employees with respect is more than a policy; it is ’s at the heart of how we build positive, constructive, effective teams around the world. Independent Regardless of the size of a site or its primary line of business, a strong relationship among those responsible for its operations drives has a benefits for all involved. Managing union relationships can pose challenges for any organization, and FMC is no different. However, for each of our sites, we make every effort to reach agreements that are mutually beneficial. We focus on collaborating to find solutions for everyday interactions as well as contract re-negotiations. We strongly believe in this cooperative approach.