Governance and Ethics
At Pfizer, we understand that good governance is essential to the success of our business and we conduct ourselves accordingly.
Board of Directors
Pfizer's Board of Directors is committed to protecting and enhancing shareholder value. The Board is responsible for oversight of management, including the overall strategic direction of the company, and for the company's policies on governance, executive compensation and compliance.
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Ethical Sales and Marketing
We are committed to promoting our products responsibly, educating patients and providers about their appropriate use, and reporting about our business practices in a fashion that promotes transparency.
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Direct-to-Consumer Advertising in the United States
Our strict internal standards, going beyond compliance with the law, have been developed to ensure that the information we share with patients is scientifically sound, balanced, easy to understand and helpful in encouraging them to consult with a health care professional.
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We believe that compliance with all applicable laws is integral to our ability to serve society. We train colleagues extensively in compliance and have an organizational structure designed to ensure good oversight of our colleagues, vendors and business partners.
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Disclosing Payment to Health Care Professionals
We do not pay health care professionals for prescribing our medicines or as an inducement for promoting our products. We believe it is appropriate and ethical to fairly compensate health care professionals for work they do on our behalf.
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Pfizer supports the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Labour Organization Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. We were an early signatory to the United Nation (UN) Global Compact — a document that asks companies to embrace universal principles and to partner with the UN — that endorses 10 principles on human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption.
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