2019 Global Impact Report
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Workday is committed to observing the highest standards of ethical business conduct. Our core values are our guiding principles. They provide a framework for leadership, daily decisions, and employee satisfaction. Our values are more than aspirations—they define who we are.

UNSDG Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

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Code of Conduct

Our Code of Conduct is based on our core value of Integrity, which we define as being honest, treating everyone respectfully and equally, and communicating openly. This is the central message of our Code of Conduct that we most recently updated in early 2019.

The Code of Conduct is intended to serve as a daily guideline for our Workmates to act with integrity in everything they do on behalf of Workday. In particular, the Code outlines our commitment to:

  • Speak up and raise a hand to help follow the code or raise a concern about any potential violations
  • Foster a safe and inclusive workplace where everyone feels valued
  • Protect privacy, confidentiality, and company property
  • Act with integrity and in an honest and ethical manner
  • Compete fairly and honestly, especially with respect to intellectual property
  • Respect laws and regulations, conducting business in accordance with our core values and compliance with all laws and regulations
  • Care about our communities and respect for fundamental human rights in all of our operations

This update is part of a regular review to incorporate any changes in laws and regulations, as well as Workday internal policies. Enhancements in 2019 included clarifying guidance related to regulatory topics, directing Workmates to the appropriate Workday teams that can best provide guidance to their questions, and making the document more user friendly through visual cues that emphasize key takeaways, themes, or required actions. Workday ensures all Workmates are aware of and certify to the Code regularly, and periodically train and bring awareness to specific topics of the Code to ensure that its principles and requirements are well understood.

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Workday is also committed to ensuring that our suppliers adhere to the highest ethical standards. Through our Supplier Code of Conduct, Workday suppliers are required to demonstrate that they provide safe working conditions, treat workers with dignity and respect, and act ethically and within the law in their use of labor. We work with suppliers to ensure that they meet policy standards and improve working conditions if necessary.

The standards of business conduct contained in the Code of Conduct have been approved by the board of directors, which, directly or through its committees, oversees compliance. Workday senior vice president and general counsel is responsible for ensuring adherence to the Code of Conduct and, while serving in this capacity, reports directly to the board of directors and its committees. On a day-to-day basis, the Workday chief privacy officer, vice president of Privacy, Ethics, and Compliance oversees an ethics and compliance program that includes responsibility for the Code of Conduct. Workday has adopted numerous other policies, procedures, and controls aimed at deterring unethical and unlawful behavior.

The Workday leadership and senior management team regularly communicates with employees regarding ethical business practices and related expectations. Employees receive written communications from the chairman and CEO and participate in dialogue at company meetings. As part of the onboarding process, newly hired employees must acknowledge receiving a copy of our Code of Conduct and watch a related training video. Depending on their role, individuals must also complete additional secondary compliance training. Refresher training courses and awareness on the Code of Conduct, the topics covered in the Code of Conduct, and on related policies takes place periodically.

Speaking Up

Workday encourages employees to raise comments, questions, and concerns about ethical business practices and conduct to senior management or to the Human Resources, Internal Audit, or Legal departments. In addition to our Code of Conduct, our Whistleblower Policy describes how to report potential violations of our Code of Conduct, any laws or regulations, or internal accounting or financial controls.

Our confidential Speak Up Program is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to both employees and suppliers. It is secure and confidential. In addition, our ethics team is available via multiple channels and provides an opportunity for direct communication by employees and external stakeholders regarding any matters touched on in our Code of Conduct. Individuals may remain anonymous when reporting violations unless restricted by law. Workday prohibits retaliation in any form and against anyone who, in good faith, reports any matter described above or who assists in the investigation of a reported issue.

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