Making the Right Decision


    Making the right decision is not always easy. There will be times when you may be under pressure or unsure of what to do. Always remember that resources are available to help, including those listed in the Code.

    When faced with a difficult decision, it may help to ask yourself these questions:

    • Does it feel right? Are you confident that it is the right thing to do, or do you have doubts?

    • Do you believe it’s consistent with our Core Values, our Code and policies?

    • If it were made public, would you still be confident about your decision?

    • Would you be willing to be held accountable for your actions?

    • Is it in the best interest of our customers, associates, the company, and the community?

    The Warning Signs of a Questionable Decision

    When decisions are being made, listen for the following comments, as they could signal that the decision is inconsistent with our Core Values, ethics and compliance:

    • “Do not worry about it. No one will find out.”

    • “We need to do whatever it takes.”

    • “We need to keep this decision to ourselves – no one else needs to know.”

    • “That is how they do business here,”

    • “Everyone else is doing it this way.”

    Closing the Loop

    Ethics and compliance at Danaher must continually evolve to stay current with new and emerging risks and regulations. Once you have decided, ask yourself the following additional questions:

    Do you believe there are sufficient standards, policies and resources in place to address the issue you faced, or should more be done? If you used the Speak Up! process, were you satisfied with the way it worked, or should improvements be made?  

    If you believe more should be done, contact your manager or any of the resources listed in the Code. Your suggestions will help us improve our ethics and compliance program.