Elekta is committed to conducting business with the highest ethical standards and with the utmost integrity in all its operations throughout the world.
The purpose of this Policy is to outline and explain the prohibitions against bribery and corruption in all Elekta operations and to highlight specific compliance requirements relating to interactions with customers, Health Care Professionals and Governmental Officials.
The rationale for this Policy is not just legal compliance; Elekta reiterates its strong commitment to fighting corruption as it distorts prices, raises costs, undermines competition and ultimately leads to healthcare decisions that harm the interests of patients and their healthcare providers.
Failure to comply with anti-bribery and corruption laws, as well as industry-specific laws and regulations regarding interactions with Health Care Professionals, may have severe consequences for Elekta and Elekta Professionals. It could result in loss of business, substantial fines, reputational damage and in some cases, imprisonment.
Elekta Professionals and Representatives must adhere to all applicable anti-corruption laws as well as industry-specific laws on interactions with Health Care Professionals of every country in which Elekta conducts business, as well as laws that have global reach, for example the U.K. Bribery Act and the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. These laws prohibit all forms of corruption, which include bribery, kickbacks and other means of improper influence, regardless of where the corrupt activity takes place.
Everyone working for or on behalf of Elekta is expressly prohibited from offering anything of value in an effort to unduly influence others in business dealings. This applies to every country around the world and to interactions with both governments and the private sector. Opportunities that are subject to making improper or concealed payments must be turned down. Any activity that could be perceived as inconsistent with Elekta’s commitment to business with the highest ethical standards, as reflected in Elekta’s Code of Conduct, is prohibited.
Elekta can be held liable for the actions of Representatives and accountable for failing to take sufficient steps to prevent Representatives from participating in bribery or related conduct, whether or not Elekta was actually aware of the alleged improper conduct. Elekta Professionals may not direct or use a Representative to carry out an activity that does not conform to this Policy and all applicable laws. Contributing financial means to any third party in a way that could constitute negligent financing of corruption is prohibited. Representatives involved in the sale of Elekta products and services to customers and in dealings with Government Officials for and on behalf of Elekta, must be reviewed, approved and managed in accordance with Elekta’s Policy on Business Representatives and the Third Party Risk Management Process.
Elekta prohibits facilitation payments (i.e., a small payment made to a Government Official to obtain or expedite a routine activity performed as a government service), whether made directly or indirectly through a Representative.
In some exceptional circumstances, payments may be demanded from Elekta Professionals under threat of violence, personal harm or imprisonment. Elekta Professionals are authorized to make a so-called “safety payment” under these circumstances to secure their own safety or the safety of others. These payments must be reported to your manager or Elekta’s Compliance Function.
Elekta Professionals are prohibited from accepting anything of value from any person or entity where it is designed to improperly influence an action or obtain an improper advantage. Elekta Professionals may accept gifts, benefits or hospitality, provided they are occasional and of modest value and offered in connection with a legitimate business purpose.
Elekta Professionals shall return inappropriate gifts or reply to the invitation with a polite explanation of Elekta’s policy. If this is not possible due to the given circumstances or impractical to do so, the Elekta Professional should contact his or her manager for advice. It is then the manager’s responsibility to contact Elekta’s Compliance Function for advice.
Elekta prohibits contributions, payments or endorsements to political parties, political committees, or to individual politicians or candidates. Elekta Professionals may not make any political contributions on behalf of Elekta or through the use of Elekta corporate funds or resources.
Mergers & Acquisitions are conducted according to Elekta’s M&A Process, which contains principles for due care and performing anticorruption and due diligence procedures.
In order to prevent the possibility of bribes and kickbacks being paid or accepted, all Elekta financial records must fairly and accurately reflect each transaction and be supported by legitimate documentation such as purchase order, contract and invoice. Concealed, unrecorded or unreported transactions are prohibited. All expenses must be promptly entered into company records before reimbursement.
The below requirements may be supplemented by Local Supplements that address local laws, regulations and industry-specific requirements (for example, monetary thresholds for meals) in specifi countries and/ or regions. Always refer to the Anti-Bribery and Corruption Handbook and the Local Supplements for further guidance in your Elekta-related interactions, as these form an inseparable part of Elekta’s anticorruption program.
Meals, entertainment and other forms of hospitality provided by an Elekta Professional or Representative must be:
Do not offer meals, entertainment and other forms of hospitality that:
Travel or lodging provided by an Elekta Professional or Representative must be:
Do not use travel and lodging to:
Gifts to customers are generally discouraged. Any offering of gifts by an Elekta Professional or Representative shall be made openly and must be:
Do not use gifts to:
Grants and donations must be:
Do not use grants and donations to:
Sponsorship of a non-Elekta healthcare-related conference (e.g., ASTRO, ESTRO) for business promotional purposes must be:
Do not use conference sponsorships:
A speaking engagement, consulting arrangement, appointment to an advisory board, or other similar opportunity offered to a Health Care Professional must be:
Do not offer these opportunities to a Health Care Professional:
Research, collaboration and other product development initiatives involving Health Care Professionals must be:
Do not use these initiatives:
Any type of benefit – tangible or intangible, direct or indirect – to the recipient. This includes, but is not limited to, cash, loans, enhanced commissions, offsets, gifts, jobs, tuition, scholarships, entertainment, travel and donations.
Giving, offering, or authorizing anything of value to any person in order to influence their acts or decisions improperly.
Third parties involved in sales for or on behalf of Elekta (such as Agents, Distributors, sales consultants and other intermediaries) or for dealings with Government Officials on behalf of Elekta (such as customs brokers, product registration agents and other agents).
A person working on behalf of a government entity, including but not limited to officers or employees of any government entity, ministry, department, or agency; a head of state, royal family member, judge, magistrate or legislator; employees of a state or government-owned or controlled company; political party members and candidates for political office; employees or representatives of a public international organization (e.g., World Bank, IMF, UN, etc.);or any person designated as a government official under local law.
A Health Care Professional (HCP) is defined as any person involved in the purchase, lease, recommendation or use of Elekta products or services. This includes clinicians (e.g., doctors, physicists, dosimetrists, nurses, etc.) and non-clinicians (e.g., clinical directors, administrators, purchasing managers, officers, employees, consultants, etc.) working for or representing a hospital, cancer center or other healthcare provider. The term does not include Elekta employees operating in such a capacity who may otherwise fall within the definition of HCP, or Representative, Service Partners, or Integrators.
HCP is a broad term covering anyone affiliated with a customer or potential customer of Elekta, regardless of whether the person operates in a clinical or non-clinical capacity.