18 Jan. 2023 18:00
Editorial by Matthieu Frechin (Managing Director)
For several decades now, Vetoquinol has sought to promote a culture of ethics, transparency and compliance both at the individual and collective level.
I share with all of the Group's employees one ambition: that of placing our activities in a framework conducive to compliance with professional and ethical standards, wherever we operate.
This ambition cannot be achieved without the active participation of each of you. I can only highlight the initiatives in this direction and I could give as example the program for the prevention and detection of acts of corruption, the implementation of a risk identification and management policy and many more.
A number of tools are made available to inspire our choices and guide our daily actions. This concerns in particular the Anti-Corruption Code of Conduct, the Code of Ethics, the Gift Policy...
I strongly encourage you to read all of these documents and refer to them whenever you have any doubts or questions on ethical matters. You can also address your questions to our Group Legal and Compliance Expert (email@example.com).
It is up to each of us, in the execution of our duties, to embody a culture of integrity in order to uphold Vetoquinol's commitments in terms of ethics and social and environmental responsibility.
You will easily understand that we cannot tolerate any behavior or act that would defeat our integrity goals.
This is how we will accomplish even more together and help ensure the long-term development of our laboratory.
Matthieu Frechin - CEO
Vetoquinol wanted to support its employees by offering them a Code of Ethics in which the standards of ethical behavior expected by Vetoquinol are defined.
Group Ethics code
Anti-corruption code of conduct
Vetoquinol has adopted an anti-corruption code of conduct which aims to strengthen the Group's instruments and practices with regards to ethics and social responsibility.
Like several companies listed in France, Vetoquinol has adopted the "Middlenext" anti-corruption code of conduct. Middlenext is an independent association which exclusively represent medium-sized listed companies.
Vetoquinol contributed within Middlenext to the work group which drafted this anti-corruption code of conduct.
“This anti-corruption code of conduct is a way of reaffirming the Group's commitments in this area and contributing to its sustainable development” explains Matthieu Frechin, Chief Executive Officer.
This document guides the daily actions and behaviors of each Group employee around the world. Employees and corporate officers undertake to comply with the rules contained in this code of conduct, regardless of the place and nature of their work.
Anti-Corruption Code of Conduct.
This document is also available on request in other languages firstname.lastname@example.org
The Gifts policy complements the Anti-corruption Code of Conduct and is intended to give each employee information on the attitudes to adopt with regard to gifts and invitations.
Group Gifts policy
Ethics and anti-corruption alert service
VETOQUINOL provides you with a secure and confidential alert tool.
You are a witness or victim of a violation of the Anti-Corruption Code of Conduct or of an act contrary to the law or our Code of Ethics and you wish to use a secure communication channel that guarantees the confidentiality of your process.
Then all you need to do is:
connect to the specific web address below and let yourself be guided:
or send your report in a double sealed envelope to the following address:
70200 Magny Vernois
Alerts transmitted in this way will be managed by an Ethics Committee which will treat them in the most confidential manner and take the appropriate decisions, if necessary. The law also provides you with special protection as a whistleblower when you agree to identify yourself in the tool (valid both via the website and via paper form).
For more details, we encourage you to check the user guide available at the following address:
"The implementation of this alert tool provides an additional guarantee to those who are victims or witnesses of acts contrary to the law or to our Code of Ethics, thus helping them to be heard at the highest level of the company without having to fear negative consequences. This should also help to mitigate the risks to which our company may be exposed, such as the risk of corruption, fraudulent behavior or acts of harassment, for example." says Matthieu Frechin, CEO.