Code of Business Conduct
Letter from Miles
At Abbott Laboratories, we earn our reputation every day. It is the result of individual decisions made by employees, in matters large and small. As our business and the world around us grow more complex, there are times when the right choice seems neither simple nor apparent. Yet, at all times our actions must be guided by a clear understanding of legal and regulatory requirements, our policies and procedures, and shared ethical principles and values.
These basic guidelines are spelled out in this updated "Code of Business Conduct." All Abbott officers, employees, contract workers and agents are required to read, understand and abide by the standards of this Code. The Code makes it clear that we do not tolerate illegal or unethical behavior in any of our business dealings. I urge you to discuss any questions you may have about interpreting or applying the Code with your manager or members of our Office of Ethics and Compliance, who can provide assistance and guidance. These and other resources are described in this booklet.
The communication of this Code is part of our ongoing effort to ensure a workplace and workforce that are fully committed to honesty, fairness and integrity. Such ethical conduct honors Abbott's 115–year legacy of making a positive difference in the health of people around the world.
I thank you for safeguarding the trust others have placed in us through your efforts to make the right decisions every day.
Miles D. White
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer
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