Protecting Our Business

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We strive to be a leader that wins the right way, ensuring we are a company that customers and suppliers want to do business with, employees want to work for, and communities can trust.

To that end, our Ethics & Compliance team steers an ongoing process to assure the company and its employees conduct our business in keeping with high ethical standards, comply with our Code of Business Conduct (Code) and Core Policies, and follow the laws and regulations that apply to our company and industry globally. With the ultimate purpose of protecting our business and enhancing our reputation, the corporate compliance program is integrated with all compliance efforts enterprise-wide, from the management of external regulations and internal policies to comprehensive employee training, investigations, and risk-specific projects like third-party compliance and data privacy.

“We need to continuously improve and strengthen compliance processes through collaboration with our business and functional colleagues. This will allow us to address emerging and evolving risks like data privacy and corruption in a strategic way and to promote our key messages everywhere we do business.”

– Joan Steinmann, Assistant General Counsel – Litigation, Ethics and Compliance


Ensuring transparency in our activities

Winning the right way is not just a belief. We expect all employees to act with integrity and do the right thing at all times. In 2019, we made many advancements to support this goal, particularly with the launch of the new global Code, which is available in all of H.B. Fuller’s key languages and is significantly more user-friendly than the previous version, including accessibility on mobile devices.

We also introduced a new, modular Code training course, customized to promote H.B. Fuller’s key messages and expectations and to emphasize different topics each year.

On top of that, we made progress toward standardizing and digitalizing key compliance processes by putting in place software that will enable us to better vet and manage business partners whose actions can reflect on the company and create compliance risks, such as distributors and agents.