We hold ourselves, our contractors and our suppliers to high standards. Conducting business ethically, responsibly and sustainably is how we generate economic value.
Ethical Conduct for Associates
The Board has adopted a common set of standards to ensure that the way we conduct our business is aligned with our values across our organization.
The Code of Business Conduct and Ethics applies to every Fortune Brands associate, at every level and in every location, as well as the members of our Board of Directors.
The Board has also adopted a Code of Ethics for Senior Financial Officers, a set of standards applicable to the Board, the CEO, CFO and principal accounting officer to ensure accuracy of our financial reporting.
Our Compliance Committee, which includes Fortune Brands’ CFO, General Counsel and other senior members of management, oversees compliance with our Code of Business Conduct and Ethics, which includes our anti-corruption and U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act policies. This Compliance Committee reports to the Board of Directors annually regarding these programs, compliance and associate training.
Our compliance training program includes online and in-person trainings, new hire onboarding, and special events to educate associates on the importance of understanding Company policies, all applicable laws affecting our business, and how to comply with these policies and laws. The following topics are included in our compliance program:
- Harassment-free workplaces
- Handling material information appropriately to avoid insider trading
- Avoiding conflicts of interest
- Appropriate use of technology
- Transparent and accurate financial reporting
- Antitrust considerations
- Anti-bribery, and how to work responsibly with third parties
- Safety and environmental trainings
Our associates are trained to seek out guidance if they become involved in or aware of a situation that involves possible wrong-doing or ethical misconduct. They are trained to understand the importance of bringing those concerns to their manager, a human resources representative, or the Fortune Brands legal department or Compliance Committee.
Associates can also relate concerns through the Company’s confidential Compliance Helpline, operated by a third party.
Information on how to access the helpline is available on the Company’s website and www.FBHScompliance.com, as well as internal communications channels, such as our Connect app.
Fortune Brands investigates any reports of ethical violation and follows a strict “no retaliation” policy for reports made in good faith. Concerns brought forward through the Compliance Helpline, and when needed, the steps taken to address concerns, are reported to the Audit Committee on a quarterly basis.
Suppliers who feel that the Supplier Code of Conduct is not being supported may also report concerns through the Compliance Helpline or website.
Policy Against Political Contributions
Fortune Brands has never used corporate funds or assets to participate or intervene in any campaign of a candidate for public office, or to influence any political election or referendum. We continue to follow our policy against political contributions.
Human Rights Policy
We’ve always held high human rights standards for our associates and our suppliers. In 2020, we formalized and published our Human Rights Policy. View our Human Rights Policy.