Value through Innovation04 February 2016

Business Ethics

We have committed ourselves to the goal of serving humankind through research into diseases and the development of new drugs and therapies.

Boehringer Ingelheim is guided in its corporate responsibility by the company’s stated core principles Leitbild and the vision Value through Innovation. The Corporate Culture created during its 130-year history was built on mutual respect and fairness. The Code of Conduct as part of the Corporate Culture gives all employees guidance on how to behave in day-to-day business.

Boehringer Ingelheim’s Business Ethics encompasses


Our Leitbild (core principles) defines our corporate values and gives the direction for our businesses, innovation, technology, organisation and corporate culture.

Preamble of the Leitbild

Boehringer Ingelheim has been a successful, family owned business for more than 100 years and intends to remain so for the second century of its existence. Although it is impossible to predict the future precisely, we are actively and creatively facing the changing tasks and challenges, building on our experiences and achievements. This gives us the strength, direction and confidence to shape our future.

We have committed ourselves to the goal of serving humankind through research into diseases and the development of new drugs and therapies. In this endeavour the future of our company will depend on its innovative capability. In all our activities we safeguard our employees, facilities and the environment from harmful influences, conserve natural resources and promote environmental awareness.

Parallel to pursuing these goals we seek to foster economic and social wellbeing in the countries and communities in which we do business. In order to realise our goals, we must be financially successful, willing to make the necessary changes, and be critically receptive to new ideas and developments. Maintaining and improving the performance of the company take precedence over maximising earnings in the short term.

Our Vision – Value through Innovation

Our Value through Innovation vision has guided and will continue to guide our company. It is the driver and strength of our corporate principles and values.

Our Vision

The objectives and beliefs of Boehringer Ingelheim can be summed up in a single vision: Value through Innovation. This has helped us to build on our strengths and make the most of our distinctive character. In a competitive and fast-changing world, the value of products, services and companies is constantly changing. Real customer value today can only be created by constantly developing new solutions and doing what we already do better.

Our Lead&Learn principles are the current phase in the evolution of our management principles and outline ways in which we aim to deliver Value through Innovation. Lead&Learn helps us to meet the upcoming challenges.

Corporate Culture

Our employees are the most important corporate asset of Boehringer Ingelheim. They form the core of our corporate culture as a family-owned company that builds on mutual respect and fairness.

Corporate Culture

Over time, a special corporate culture of corporate and social responsibility and commitment was created at Boehringer Ingelheim. A working environment has been developed that is built on mutual respect and fairness – values that Boehringer Ingelheim has constantly fostered during its 130-year history.

Code of Conduct

Our "Code of Conduct" incorporates our high ethical standards and provides day-to-day guidance and a point of reference for all employees.

Boehringer Ingelheim continues to embed the standards of the Code of Conduct in its business environment, providing a foundation for our relationships with all our stakeholders.


Boehringer Ingelheim History

Trace our history from the earliest days to the present.