Ethical standards

Our culture guides our people to behave in an ethical way, to do the right thing and act on any concerns they have. It’s important that all our people live up to this, and we expect the same of our suppliers.

Supporting GSK people to do the right thing

We are committed to operating responsibly and we expect that everyone who works for us, or on our behalf, conducts themselves in the right way and in line with our Code.

All individuals working at GSK have to complete our ‘Working at GSK’ training program, which details what our company expects from employees. Our people also receive additional anti-bribery and corruption (ABAC) training. This helps them to identify and mitigate any potential ABAC risk - especially in third-party relationships - and to recognize, report and manage conflicts of interest. Our people also complete mandatory annual conduct training which outlines our zero tolerance of harassment in any form and gives guidance on the support and advice available.

Everyone working inside or outside of GSK can raise concerns or speak to an independent third party through our integrity lines, without fear of retaliation. We take all concerns very seriously and review each report to see whether we need to investigate formally. If our investigations show an employee has breached our policies, we will take action accordingly.

Visit our global site for specific ethical standards information

Engaging with healthcare professionals

Global speaker programs

Feedback from HCPs shows that they prefer to learn about new data and clinical experience through peer-to-peer programs with global expert practitioners who have direct experience with our medicines.

To help HCPs share new data on our products and understand their clinical use, in some cases we:

  • Make fair market value payments to global expert practitioners who speak about the new science behind selected GSK products, their associated diseases and clinical practice in promotional settings
  • Pay reasonable travel costs (except in the US) for an HCP to attend a GSK-organized standalone meeting to learn about data and clinical expertise.
  • Directly pay registration fees for HCPs to attend remote congress webinars/webcasts. We do not sponsor HCPs to attend local and international conferences.

This policy is limited to select products in certain countries around the world and controls and training are in place, including measures to track appropriate payment and use of external speakers.

Where legally permitted, we will report individual-level payments made each year to HCPs for attending educational meetings and for the provision of services, such as speaking at events or attending advisory boards. Where individual level disclosure is not legally permitted, we will continue to report aggregate payments.

Collaborating on clinical trials and research

Healthcare professionals (HCPs) help us identify potential volunteers for clinical studies, administer the investigational medicine or vaccine to patients, and monitor the results.

All HCPs who work with us on clinical studies have contracts and are paid for their work on these clinical studies. This payment covers their time, plus the cost of investigations they may need to carry out regarding the suitability of a patient and the effectiveness of the treatment.

We have a commitment to publicly disclose the research payments that are made to healthcare professionals and to their institutions for conducting clinical research.

Disclosure of payments made to HCPs in the US

In the US, we publish the Physician Payments Report to detail our payments and other transfers of value to those US Health Care Professionals we have worked with.

Access to Medicines

Welcome to GSK for You

GSK for You is a program committed to assisting eligible patients access our medications. We offer programs for patients who meet income and other eligibility requirements.

Click here to get started by answering a few questions and find a GSK program for you.