Start with the Code

Our Code is a public statement of who we are and the standards we expect in our daily work.

The Code is organized by work activity, rather than area of law. You should see the Code as a starting point for guidance, especially when you are undertaking activity that is unfamiliar to you. You are responsible for knowing those Code requirements that apply to your job. If you know or suspect that local law sets different standards from our Code, we expect you to follow the higher standard.

The Code is supplemented by this interactive eCode, which is accessible to Albemarle employees on your computers and smartphones. This eCode sets out specific requirements for each type of work activity, with links to supporting policies and details of how to get more information if you have questions. All employees are expected to familiarize themselves with this eCode.

Who Does the Code Apply To?

The Code applies to Albemarle Corporation, all Albemarle-controlled entities and their respective employees, officers and directors. 

We also expect suppliers, contractors, agents, distributors and any others acting on our behalf to be familiar with our Code and to comply with Albemarle’s Code of Conduct for Business Partners and applicable policies.

We seek to influence our non-controlled joint ventures, and our partners in those joint ventures,  to ensure that the joint venture adopts requirements similar to those in this Code and our policies.

Making the Right Decision

The Code cannot address every situation you may face in your day-to-day activities.

When you are unsure about the right thing to do, ask yourself the following questions before taking action:
  • Is my health and safety or the health and safety of others at risk?
  • Am I acting consistently with our Core Values, this Code, our policies and applicable law?
  • Am I authorized to do this activity?
  • Do I feel comfortable doing this activity?
  • What would my work colleagues, friends or family think if they knew what I was intending to do?
  • Would I feel comfortable with my actions being reported on the front page of a newspaper?
  • Will the activity attract adverse commentary on social media?

Sometimes our work doesn’t go according to plan. For example, a permit application is delayed or rejected, or a production or sales target is missed. In those situations, when you think you’re under pressure, it’s even more important to stop and reflect on these questions.  Taking risks or cutting corners is not the answer. It’s important that we make the right decision in every situation.

If you are ever unsure, about how to handle a particular situation, stop and seek help. You are not alone!

Asking Questions

The eCode provides access to additional guidance, frequently asked questions, policies and procedures for each section. In addition, you can always get help from:

Accountability for our Actions

To uphold our Core Values it is important that we are all held accountable for our actions. 

How you work is an essential part of your performance at Albemarle. This includes not only how you apply our Core Values and this Code in your daily work, but how you support others who are responsible for conducting  training, monitoring, audits or investigations.

Any violation of the Code, Company policies or applicable laws may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment. The Company may also voluntarily report potentially illegal behavior to local law enforcement.  

Keeping Code Fit

Living our Core Values requires courage to do the right thing, especially in the most challenging circumstances.  That courage is formed more easily when we build good habits into our daily routines.

  • Complete training that is assigned to you within the required time
  • Obtain approvals required by Code and policies.
  • Act within your levels of authorization.
  • Make sure contracts you negotiate with customers, vendors and other business partners are signed by all parties.
  • Submit invoices and business expense claims on time, and with complete supporting documentation.
  •  Classify and manage documents that you create or receive.
  •  Re-read emails and documents before you send them to make sure they clearly convey your intended message.
  • Ask questions if you’re unsure about what to do.
  • Speak up if something doesn’t feel right.