Robert Half International Inc. and its subsidiaries (collectively, “Robert Half” or the “Company”) are founded upon the principle of Ethics First, and our company standards and best practices are based on this core value. All employees, agents and representatives must adhere to our company’s Code of Business Conduct and Ethics, and we seek partnerships with Suppliers whose values and principles align with ours.
This Supplier Code of Conduct outlines the expectations we have of our Suppliers in North America with whom we do business. A “Supplier” is defined as any individual or company, which includes their employees, agents, subcontractors, and representatives, that provides goods or services to Robert Half. Suppliers must comply with this code of conduct while conducting business with us or on our behalf.
Compliance With Law and Business Integrity
1. Legal Compliance
Suppliers must respect and obey the laws, rules, and regulations of the cities, states, provinces, and countries in which they operate and conduct business, including but not limited to laws relating to anti-trust, fair competition, anti-corruption, and those governing labor and human rights.
2. Conflicts of Interests and Related Party Transactions
A “conflict of interest” exists when a person’s private interest interferes in any way with the interests of Robert Half. Suppliers must disclose any actual or potential conflicts of interest due to either personal or business relationships with anyone, including but not limited to suppliers, business associates, competitors of Robert Half or Robert Half employees. Examples of a conflict of interest would be if an employee, officer, or director of Robert Half, or members of his or her family, receives improper personal benefits from a Supplier as a result of his or her position at Robert Half, or if an employee, officer, or director of Robert Half owns a Supplier of goods or services to Robert Half. Conflict of interests are prohibited by Robert Half, except to the extent approved by the Board of Directors. Robert Half strictly prohibits any Supplier or their intermediary from giving any employee, officer, or director of Robert Half any cash gift, as well as any gift cards or other items redeemable for cash.
Suppliers are responsible for understanding and complying with the anti-corruption and anti-bribery laws applicable to their organization. Robert Half strictly prohibits corrupt or illegal practices including, but not limited to, the payment of bribes or kickbacks (or the receipt of bribes or kickbacks from) government officials, representatives of commercial organizations or any other person. Suppliers and representatives should refrain from “commercial bribery”, the furnishing of something of value to an employee of Robert Half without his or her supervisor’s or Robert Half’s knowledge, with the intent to inappropriately influence Robert Half’s commercial conduct.
Gifts from Suppliers may create a conflict of interest or the appearance of a conflict of interest. No gift or entertainment shall be offered to any Robert Half employee or representative unless it meets the following requirements:
- it is not a cash gift, including gift cards or anything redeemable for cash,
- it is consistent with customary business practices,
- it is not excessive in value,
- it cannot be construed as a bribe or payoff, and
- it does not violate any laws or regulations.
Suppliers shall never offer gifts to any employee, officer, or director of Robert Half, or members of his or her family to influence a business decision, transaction or service. No special discounts or rebates should be offered to Robert Half employees unless they are available to the public, or all Robert Half employees as part of a negotiated employee purchase program.
5. Insider Trading
Suppliers or representatives who have access to Company’s confidential information are not permitted to use or share that information for stock trading purposes or for any other purpose except to fulfill its obligations under the agreement between Supplier and the Company. All non-public information about the Company is confidential. Information is considered non-public until it has been broadly disclosed to the marketplace by Company and the marketplace has had time to absorb the information. Using non-public information for personal financial benefit or providing such information to others who might make an investment decision on the basis of this information is strictly prohibited.
Suppliers must maintain accurate and complete records created through ongoing business transactions with Robert Half. All records should conform to applicable legal requirements and ensure proper compliance with their contractual obligations to Robert Half.
Suppliers must maintain the confidentiality of information entrusted to them by the Company, its clients or employees. All non-public information about the Company is confidential.
8. Discrimination and Harassment
We are firmly committed to providing equal opportunity in all aspects of our business and do not tolerate any illegal discrimination or harassment of any kind. Our Suppliers must abide by these same principles in their business operations. The Robert Half Equal Opportunity policy can be reviewed here: https://www.roberthalf.com/equal-opportunity-employer
9. Workplace Health and Safety
Suppliers are responsible for providing their employees, contractors, and clients with a safe and healthful work environment, and must adhere to applicable laws and regulations governing their industry and the regions in which they conduct business.
Supplier’s workers should not be required to work in excess of the relevant legal limits on working hours, overtime hours and number of working days per week. Workers shall be granted and correctly compensated by Supplier for any types of paid leave or time off to which they are legally entitled under applicable law, which may include, for example, holidays, maternity/parental leave, family care leave and sick leave.
10. Labor and Human Rights
Robert Half has a zero-tolerance approach to child labor and modern slavery in all of its various forms, including but not limited to slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labor and human trafficking. Robert Half expects the same standards and commitment to human rights and labor standards from all of our Suppliers, contractors, and other third parties interacting with Robert Half. Robert Half also does not condone any corporal punishment or working under abusive conditions. If a Supplier is found to engage in modern slavery in any of its various forms, Robert Half will seek to immediately sever our relationship with such Supplier. Suppliers who discover any child labor and modern slavery in all of its various forms are also encouraged to contact the Human Trafficking hotline at 1(888) 373-7888 or text “help” to 233733.
We expect our Suppliers to respect an employee’s right to freedom of association and the effective right to collective bargaining in respect of employment and occupation as further described in the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.
11. Environmental Practices
Robert Half is committed to conducting its business in an environmentally responsible manner. All Suppliers shall comply with all applicable environmental laws and regulations and conduct business in a manner that protects the environment, conserves resources and ensures sustainable development. In addition, Suppliers shall use best efforts to meet or exceed any applicable industry standards related to environmental impact for the products and services they provide.
Compliance with this Supplier Code of Conduct is subject to an audit at the discretion of Robert Half. Failure to comply with the Supplier Code of Conduct may result in discontinuance of current and/or the prevention of future business relationships between Robert Half on the one hand and the Supplier and its affiliates on the other.
13. Compliance and Reporting Concerns
All Suppliers doing business with Robert Half are expected to comply with this Code of Conduct. Any Supplier’s actions or activities that are determined to be in violation of this code may result in removal of that Supplier and/or its representatives and termination of Robert Half’s relationship with that Supplier. To report an issue, you can also use the Robert Half Ethics and Compliance Online Reporting Tool at https://roberthalfethicsline.com/ or the Ethics and Compliance Hotline Numbers below:
If calling from North America: 1.800.251.4621
If calling from outside North America, please use the appropriate number on Appendix A of the Robert Half Code of Business Conduct and Ethics located at
Robert Half encourages Suppliers to also maintain their own online reporting and dedicated telephone lines for reporting to ethics and compliance. Robert Half also encourages Suppliers to obtain third party certification for compliance such as the International Standards Organization.
Suppliers may also direct any questions regarding this Code of Conduct, or report any concerns, to their primary contact at Robert Half. It is the policy of the Company not to allow retaliation for reports of misconduct by others made in good faith.