Trust is everything in our business. Our clients and other market participants expect us to conduct business with the highest ethical standards — no exceptions.
Fortunately, our Doing What’s Right program can help you to manage compliance and ethics issues that might arise in the workplace. It’s a simple three-step process that everyone can use to help them make the right call when difﬁcult issues and questions come up.
But, there is one part of the process that still requires a bit more effort and knowledge and that is before any of us can do what’s right, we all have to know what’s right. It can be difﬁcult to understand all the laws and regulations we must comply with and the company policies and procedures we must adhere to.
That’s why we have updated the Code of Conduct to make it easier to read and understand. We have put in everyday language the basics you need to know as you go about your daily work. While it’s not an exhaustive document, the revised Code will certainly give you a clearer understanding of the fundamental concepts that apply across our businesses.
This revised Code will also help you in another important way. Often, the best indication any of us have that something is wrong is our own instinct. If something feels wrong, it may well be. Speak up. Ask questions. Get more information until you are satisﬁed. The revised Code can help you determine if something is really wrong and if further action is appropriate, such as speaking to your manager, your manager’s manager or someone in Legal, Audit, Compliance, Human Resources, or our Ethics Hot Line or Help Line.
A ﬁnal, but critical, point — BNY Mellon has zero tolerance for retaliation against anyone who reports a concern or misconduct in good faith, and with the reasonable belief that the information is true. No one has the authority to justify an act of retaliation, and any employee who engages in retaliation will be subject to disciplinary action, which may include dismissal. I want you to never be afraid or reluctant to speak up when appropriate. So, please take the time to review the Code of Conduct. It’s one of the most important ways to ensure that you’re always Doing What’s Right.
Gerald L. Hassell