Ensuring the highest ethical standards

The Code of Ethics and Business Conduct (the Code), disseminated to every employee and publicly available at www.relx.com, sets the standard for our corporate and individual behaviour. It incorporates the 10 principles of the UN Global Compact, stressing our commitment to respecting human rights, supporting fair labour standards, protecting the environment and preventing corruption. The Code begins with a message from our CEO, making clear its importance to our business. It describes our standards on key ethics and compliance matters, including: safeguarding company interests and assets; protecting data privacy; relationships with business partners, customers, suppliers and competitors; dealings with governments; respecting colleagues and communities; and employees’ responsibilities to report wrongdoing. The Code is available in 14 languages to ensure that all employees understand it.

The Code is supplemented by other policies to further assist employees in complying with laws in key areas, such as anti-bribery, competition, data privacy and security, trade sanctions and workplace harassment. Like the Code, these policies are reinforced through frequent communications, periodic mandatory training, and a popular security awareness video series. We achieve 100% completion rates for all courses.