USP’s global activities affect many countries and are often subject to differing legal obligations, cultures, and business pressures.

Making the right decision when faced with an ethical dilemma can be difficult in such circumstances, unless there is a consistent set of ethical standards for all to follow. The USP Code of Ethics represents our shared values and expectations on ethical conduct. By consistently following these values, we ensure that our mission is carried out with integrity and that our employees, volunteers, and representatives are treated fairly and with respect. The values in the USP Code of Ethics are minimum standards that must be implemented whenever you carry out any USP activity.

Many issues can easily be prevented or resolved if appropriate guidance and direction are obtained at an early stage. At USP our policy is to encourage and enable employees to ask questions or report suspected misconduct.

To encourage reporting of concerns, USP's Code of Ethics contains a Reporting and Non-Retaliation Policy that provides officers, trustees, volunteers, employees and representatives with a mechanism for anonymously reporting concerns, assurance that concerns will be investigated in a full, fair and impartial manner, and protection against retaliation. In keeping with the Reporting and Non-Retaliation Policy, anyone may report a concern any of the resources within the Code of Ethics.

In addition, USP offers a twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week online and telephone Help line reporting service provided by EthicsPoint. The Help line is a confidential service that provides an alternate or anonymous method to ask questions or report concerns. Additional resources for reporting or getting answers to ethical questions can also be found in the USP Code of Ethics – Where to Go for Help.