Google Code of Ethics


"Don't be evil." Google generally apply those words to how we serve our users. But "Don't be evil" is much more than that. Yes, it's about providing our users unbiased access to information, focusing on their needs and giving them the best products and services that we can. But it's also about doing the right thing more generally -- following the law, acting honorably and treating each other with respect.

The Google Code of Conduct is one of the ways we put "Don't be evil" into practice. It's built around the recognition that everything we do in connection with our work at Google will be, and should be, measured against the highest possible standards of ethical business conduct. We set the bar that high for practical as well as inspirational reasons: Our commitment to the highest standards helps us hire great people, who then build great products, which in turn attract loyal users. Trust and mutual respect among employees and users are the foundation of our success, and they are something we need to earn every day.

So please do read the Code, and follow it, always bearing in mind that each of us has a personal responsibility to incorporate, and to encourage other Google to incorporate, the principles of the Code into our work. And if you have a question or ever think that one of your fellow Google or the company as a whole may be falling short of our commitment, don't be silent. We want -- and need -- to hear from you.

Who Must Follow Our Code?

We expect all of our employees and Board members to know and follow the Code. Failure to do so can result in disciplinary action, including termination of employment. Moreover, while the Code is specifically written for Google employees and Board members, we expect Google contractors, consultants and others who may be temporarily assigned to perform work or services for Google to follow the Code in connection with their work for us. Failure of a Google contractor or consultant or other covered service provider to follow the Code can result in termination of their relationship with Google.

Google Code of Conduct

  1. Serve Our Users
    1. Integrity
    2. Usefulness
    3. Privacy and Freedom of Expression
    4. Responsiveness
    5. Take Action
  2. Respect Each Other
    1. Equal Opportunity Employment
    2. Positive Environment
    3. Drugs and Alcohol
    4. Safe Workplace
    5. Dog Policy
  3. Avoid Conflicts of Interest
    1. Personal Investments
    2. Outside Employment and Inventions
    3. Outside Board Memberships
    4. Business Opportunities
    5. Friends and Relatives; Co-Worker Relationships
    6. Gifts, Entertainment and Payments
    7. Reporting
  4. Preserve Confidentiality
    1. Confidential Information
    2. Google Partners
    3. Competitors; Former Employers
    4. Outside Communications and Research
  5. Protect Google's Assets
    1. Intellectual Property
    2. Company Equipment
    3. The Network
    4. Physical Security
    5. Use of Google's Equipment and Facilities
    6. Employee Data
  6. Ensure Financial Integrity and Responsibility
    1. Spending Google's Money
    2. Signing a Contract
    3. Recording Transactions
    4. Reporting Financial or Accounting Irregularities
    5. Hiring Suppliers
    6. Retaining Records
  7. Obey the Law
    1. Trade Controls
    2. Competition Laws
    3. Insider Trading Laws
    4. Anti-Bribery Laws "


Google. Code of Conduct. (n.d.) Retrieved from