We recognise the role of business as a corporate citizen, and Group companies are encouraged to support local community and charitable projects
Giving for the right reasons
Group companies may make charitable contributions and similar types of social investments, provided that these are lawful and not made to secure any improper business or other improper advantage.
Group companies should always consider any proposal to make a charitable contribution or similar social investment in the context of their overall strategy for corporate social investment, having regard to the Group Strategic Framework for Corporate Social Investment.
Verifying reputation and status
Group companies should not make any charitable contribution without verifying the recipient's reputation and status.
Before making any contribution, Group companies are expected to satisfy themselves that the recipient is acting in good faith and with charitable objectives, such that the contribution will not be used for any improper purposes.
In countries where charities are required to register, Group companies should verify their registered status before making a contribution.
Fully recording what we give
Any charitable contribution or other corporate social investment by a Group company must be fully recorded in the company's books and, if required, placed on public record either by the company or the recipient.
Group companies should ensure that contributions they report through LEX for sustainability reporting purposes are consistent with those they report through Finance for financial and statutory reporting purposes.
We must not contribute to a Public Official’s charity or any charity at their request or with their agreement or acquiescence in exchange for official action, as a result of official action, or as a way to improperly influence the Public Official to the improper advantage any Group company.
Contributions to a charity of a Public Official, or a third party’s charity, such as a Public Official’s family member, friend, or associate, in exchange for official action or as a result of official action or as a way to improperly influence the Public Official to the improper advantage of any Group company are prohibited.
See Conflicts of Interest Policy for definition of “Public Official”
Who to talk to
Your line manager
Your local LEX Counsel
Head of Compliance: