Employee preference surveys around the world have ranked Boehringer Ingelheim's operating units very favourably. We see this as a recognition of our success in building strong partnerships with our people. It encourages us to maintain our chosen approach and share learning from our acknowledged best practice.
We appreciate and encourage diversity. Diversity fosters new perspectives, innovative thinking and creative solutions. This is a true asset for our business. We offer opportunities for our employees to interact with and learn from colleagues who represent a wide array of other cultures, backgrounds and views.
We believe in achieving our goals together, and teamwork is part of our corporate culture. We are committed to fostering teamwork among our people by building and developing teams that share a common goal. Best practice examples of how we live our teamwork approach are our internal, interdisciplinary teams put together for projects, co-operations and negotiations. We have good working relationships with major pharmaceutical companies in the world, such as Pfizer and Eli Lilly, with whom we have signed agreements to jointly market and commercialize some of our products. For an overview on further partnerships, see the chapter under Partnering.
We build on the commitment, innovation and energy of our people and see a good balance between work and private life as an important key to corporate success and job satisfaction. Our efforts to help our employees find this balance include offers such as headquarters' Corporate fitness programme "BI Fit", medical care, comprehensive counselling, family support services e.g. child day care, part-time employment and flexible working times. Offers are country-specific and tied to local requirements in each country.
Our "Corporate Code of Conduct" incorporates our high ethical standards and provides day-to-day guidance and a point of reference for all employees. We continue to embed these standards in our business environment, providing a foundation for our relationships with all our stakeholders.
We act with integrity, are trustworthy and set a good example. We ensure that our conduct complies with Boehringer Ingelheim policies and regulations and we use company resources in the company's best interest. We distinguish between company and private interests, avoid possible conflicts of interest and do not accept gifts, invitations or similar favours which could interfere with this principle. We support and respect human rights and are against any form of discrimination. We treat everybody in the corporation with honesty, openness, fairness and dignity based on the leadership principles. We communicate wrongdoing, doubtful practices, risks, and deviations from policies, procedures, and planned time schedules.