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Ethics & Compliance
The Kraft Heinz Company and its employees conduct business in an ethical manner, guided by our Vision, Values and an unwavering commitment to integrity and transparency.
Employee Code of Conduct
All employees, officers and directors are required to abide by the company’s Global Code of Conduct, which addresses every aspect of our business including anti-corruption, anti-competitive behavior, data protection and human rights. The Global Code of Conduct sets high standards for conducting business in a legal and ethical manner and serves as the foundation of our corporate policies and procedures. To ensure compliance with the global Code’s tenets, Kraft Heinz regularly provides training, communications, and guidance to our employees around the world. Further, employees are required to annually certify that they have read and will follow the Code of Conduct. The document is available in over 15 languages and can be accessed here: Kraft Heinz Global Employee Code of Conduct.
Reporting a Concern
To help employees report potential misconduct, the company provides several ways to report, including through managers, Human Resources, Legal and the Ethics & Compliance team. In addition, we have a confidential Ethics & Compliance Hotline for reporting an ethics or compliance concern. The Hotline has multilingual staff available 24 hours a day. It is accessible globally by a toll-free phone call or online at KraftHeinzEthics.com. We do not tolerate retaliation against an employee who reports potential misconduct in good faith.
Supplier Guiding Principles
Kraft Heinz has developed a set of Global Principles applicable to its supply chain referred to as the Supplier Guiding Principles. The Supplier Guiding Principles apply to all suppliers, external manufacturers and joint venture partners. They ensure consistency across operations for upholding fundamental values and all applicable laws. They also require compliance with local labor, human rights and environmental standards. If requested, suppliers must certify their compliance and undergo audits to ensure they meet our principles.
Political Contributions and Lobbying Activity
As part of the Company’s ongoing engagement in the communities where our employees live and work, we engage in the political process to shape public policies that impact our business around the world. Our goal is to ensure issues which impact our value chain, including employees, suppliers, customers, consumers and shareholders are fairly represented at all levels of government. For more information on political contributions and lobbying activity, please visit www.kraftheinzcompany.com/contributions.html.
Kraft Heinz engages responsibly in the political process in the communities where our employees live and work. Our goal is to ensure public officials representing our people, products and manufacturing facilities understand the issues that impact our business. We adhere to the local laws and regulations governing interactions with government officials, and participate in the political process through issue advocacy and political contributions. Kraft Heinz has put in place effective compliance procedures for, and oversight of, lobbying activities, corporate contributions and Kraft Heinz Political Action Committee (PAC) expenditures. The Kraft Heinz Code of Conduct requires all employees to maintain honest, forthright and transparent relationships with government officials.
Kraft Heinz believes that an important aspect of engaging in the political process is transparency and disclosure. Kraft Heinz files all information as required by federal and state campaign finance and disclosure laws. The Kraft Heinz PAC reports its contributions to the Federal Election Commission (FEC), the details of which are publicly available on the FEC internet site.
All Kraft Heinz PAC and Company political contributions since 2012 are listed on our website. This includes contributions to ballot initiatives and 501c4 organizations where funds may be utilized for political purposes. This information is updated semi-annually. In addition, Kraft Heinz partners with outside counsel to conduct an annual internal audit of all lobbying practices and reporting.
Center for Political Accountability
Kraft Heinz has proudly increased its score every year since 2015 on the “CPA-Zicklin Index,” a rating developed by the Center for Political Accountability in conjunction with the Carol and Lawrence Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Each year we have implemented additional best practices for transparency related to our pollical and lobbying activities and are pleased that our score has more than doubled in the last four years. The full report can be found here.