Code of Ethics

The guidelines, principles and values set forth in our Code of Ethics and Business Conduct reaffirm our commitment to deal with integrity and professionalism across our operations. By creating this framework, the Code of Ethics helps us to guide our behavior and our decision-making, in order to maintain the highest ethical standards throughout our organisation.

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With the introduction of the EthicsLine, the Olympus Europa Group has created an infrastructure that enables employees and business partners to confidentially report infringements of Olympus’s ethical principles. In this way, Olympus in Europe is committed to conducting its affairs fairly, in a proper and ethical manner, and in full compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, including anti-bribery and corruption legislation.

The EthicsLine is a confidential, 24-hours-a-day, 365-days-a-year service, which is operated by an independent company. The EthicsLine is available to all employees, as well as to all Olympus business partners, who need to request assistance or report a potential ethics violation. You may call in total confidence, knowing that the call will not be traced. Anyone using the EthicsLine may remain anonymous, except where specifically prohibited by local law. Your name or any facts which may identify you individually will only be communicated to Olympus or anybody else with your explicit consent. All matters reported through the EthicsLine will be given full consideration and thoroughly investigated.

How to reach the EthicsLine

You may contact the EthicsLine in your native language via:

Austria 0800 281700 Luxembourg 800 24450
Bahrain 8000 4475 Malta 800 62404
Belgium 0800 71025 Netherlands 0800 0229026
Bulgaria 00800 1104474 Norway 800 14870
Croatia 0800 222845 Poland 00800 4412392
Cyprus 800 95207 Portugal 800 880374
Czech Republic 800 142428 Romania 0800 894440
Denmark 8088 4368 Russia 810 80020582044
Egypt 0800 0000023 Saudi Arabia 800 8440172
Estonia 800 0044265 Slovakia 0800 004461
Finland 0800 116773 Slovenia 0800 80886
France 0800 900240 South Africa 0800 990520
Germany 0800 1823246 Spain 900 944401
Greece 00800 44131422 Sweden 0200 285415
Hungary 06800 14863 Switzerland 0800 563823
Israel 180 9446487 Turkey 00800 44632066
800 783776 United Kingdom 0800 374199
Latvia 8000 2670 United Arab Emirates 8000 4413873
Lithuania 8800 30444 Other countries +44 1249661808

A statement of Olympus Europa’s Executive Managing Director

»At Olympus, we recognize the damage that bribery and corruption can cause to society. As set forth in our Code of Ethics and Business Conduct, we take pride in conducting our business with a strong sense of fairness, honesty, and ethics. Olympus signed the 10 principles of the United Nations Global Compact and declared its full commitment to these recognized international standards which include, amongst others, combating corruption and bribery. In this way, the Olympus Europa Group has a zero tolerance approach to bribery and corruption and strives to conduct business without the use of corrupt practices or acts of bribery to obtain an unfair advantage. This zero tolerance approach applies to all Olympus employees and officers.

To achieve this, the Olympus Europa Group is committed to the following:

  • Refusing to make bribes, or authorizing the making of bribes on Olympus’s behalf, with the intention to gain a business advantage;
  • Refusing to accept bribes, or agreeing to them being accepted on Olympus’s behalf, with the intention to unfairly influence business;
  • Ensuring that all Olympus employees and officers in Europe know the values and principles set forth in our Code of Ethics;
  • Avoiding business relationships with third parties who do not accept or follow the ten principles of the UN Global Compact;
  • Developing and implementing guidelines and processes to avoid bribery, as well as other illegal practices at Olympus; and
  • Regularly reviewing and updating relevant procedures, as deemed necessary.

The prevention, detection and reporting of bribery and corruption is the responsibility of all Olympus employees and officers in Europe. All individuals and organizations that have business relationships with Olympus, such as distributors, suppliers, or any other business partners, are encouraged to help to avoid and prevent bribery and corruption and to contact Olympus if any important questions or concerns arise. Several points of contact are available to discuss or report any point or question in relation to bribery and corruption. All telephone numbers and E-mail addresses are made available on all European Olympus websites in local language. The information is also made available on the last page of our Olympus Europe Code of Ethics and Business Conduct, which may also be found on the European Olympus websites.«

Stefan Kaufmann, Executive Managing Director at Olympus Europa SE & Co. KG

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