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We are committed to maintaining a world - class compliance culture in every GE business and everywhere we operate around the world. We recognize that our reputation for integrity and compliance is a competitive advantage, and are proud to have been honored as one of Ethisphere’s World’s Most Ethical Companies for 12 straight years (2007 – 2018).
GE’s commitment to performing with integrity is instilled in every employee as a nonnegotiable expectation of behavior. This expectation is propelled by our guide to integrity and compliance at GE, The Spirit & The Letter, which is underscored by an extensive system of policies, processes, training, and communications. A summary of the most critical elements is available as a Simple Reference Guide.
Employees are encouraged to raise integrity concerns and to feel confident that they can do so without fear of retaliation. GE employees remain the Company’s first and best line of defense in the early detection of potential compliance issues. During 2018, more than 4,400 integrity concerns were reported, leading to 1,098 disciplinary actions as of January 2019.
Historical Open Reporting trends
To ensure the Integrity & Compliance program is evolving as new risks emerge, GE relies on a team of experts and digital tools to help us stay ahead of significant compliance risks. With changing workforce demographics and modes of communication, our program requires constant reinvention to stay relevant for a global community.
GE uses a focused training & communications plan to educate employees about the risks and policies they need to be aware of. GE reinforces these learnings via leadership communications and embedded messaging within various applications.
Data is increasingly important in how we work. Systems, processes, and business risk assessments result in data that can yield ongoing insights into our program's health. For example, we use a gifts & hospitality monitoring program to track trends and flags regarding spend and type of recipient.
It’s increasingly important to get the balance right between local and global processes. GE relies on key controls and input from regional experts to ensure compliance is achieved everywhere GE operates.
GE regularly uses its open reporting trends to determine program priorities and identify areas of focus. GE is proud of its commitment to publish this data both internally and externally.
GE’s policy against improper payments in business transactions is a key element of The Spirit & The Letter and represents a core belief in how we do business.
GE’s approach to compliance in this critical area is multifaceted. GE’s policy against improper payments in business transactions is a key element of The Spirit & The Letter and represents a core belief in how we do business. Among its key features are: policies and procedures, controls, investigation and remediation, training, due diligence, and Corporate Audit Staff support.
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