Code of Business Conduct and Ethics

We have a Code of Business Conduct and Ethics that supports our commitment to operate appropriately and ethically. All employees are made aware of this Code and have full access to it. We endeavour to build a culture of trust and inclusiveness, and expect any person or company who represents us or provides services for us, to act in a way that is consistent with our Code and its principles. We perform regular due diligence on our agents, distributors and suppliers to minimise the risk of any unethical behaviour. Suppliers are required to prove they do not employ workers under the age of 15 or, in those countries subject to the developing country exception of the ILO Convention 138, employ no children under the age of 14.

We take a risk‑based approach to define our anti-bribery and corruption policies and procedures. All employees are required to complete our anti-bribery and corruption training, with additional refresher training at appropriate intervals. We do not tolerate any form of bribery, corruption or fraud.

The Board regularly reviews and updates the range of policies in place to support our Code of Conduct. Clear guidelines exist regarding the reporting and management of any perceived risk and all employees are made aware of and regularly reminded about Safecall, a fully independent, confidential service, where they can report any wrongdoing in the business.

Oxford Instruments does not make political donations.

Our Policies include:

  • Anti-corruption and bribery
  • Business malpractice
  • Communications (including social media and internet policy)
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Environment
  • Health and safety
  • Human rights
  • Insider dealing
  • QA requirements for suppliers