Ethical behaviour and compliance

Our business is built on the trust we earn every day

Earning trust

Our goal is to be the most trusted global coatings supplier in the world. We earn this trust every day. In our products, services and throughout the customer journey, we demonstrate our commitment to conduct business ethically, respectfully and honestly at all times.

Code of conduct

Our Employee Code of Conduct is our guide to doing business the right way. It describes how we should behave in our daily work, including how we should conduct ourselves when dealing with our colleagues, customers, business partners, suppliers and other stakeholders. Founded on our strong values, our Employee Code of Conduct confirms our commitment to comply with all applicable laws and act in an ethical, sustainable and socially responsible manner at all times.

Our Employee Code of Conduct is available in 16 languages:


Ethics hotline

Anyone can make a report through
our external whistleblower website

A commitment to transparency

To remain one of the world’s most trusted coatings suppliers, we have a Business Ethics Policy and Code of Conduct that covers all aspects of our work. We recognize there's always a risk individuals within our organization fall short of our high ethical standards. To hold ourselves accountable, we've created an easy and transparent way to report these incidents.

Anyone – either internal or external – can raise potential breaches or concerns relating to our Business Ethics Policy or Code of Conduct through the Hempel Ethics Hotline. Hosted by an independent third-party, the Hempel Ethics Hotline allows for anonymous reporting and ensures that an objective investigation quickly follows.

Business Partner Code of Conduct

As a global company renowned for our trusted solutions, it is essential that all of our business partners operate in accordance to the same ethical standards and integrity as we do. Find out what we expect from business partners.

Our Business Partner Code of Conduct is available in following languages:

Delve deeper

Hempel company brochure
Hempel Annual Report 2019
UN Sustainable Development Goals
We are a founding member of the Fight Against Facilitation Payments Initiative