Code of Business Ethics


​​​​​​​​​​Our reputation and future depends on us all maintaining the highest standards of business behaviour and acting with integrity in everything we do. At Network Rail, this means doing the right thing, making the right decisions and abiding by a set of principles that guide not only our employees, but also our contractors and suppliers.

We have a number of policies and tools in place to support our colleagues in making the right decisions. You can find more information about these below, and in the attachments section on the right-hand side of this page.​​

Code of Business Ethics

​Complementing our company behaviours and Safety Vision, our Code of Business Ethics​ is one of the most important documents we own. It sets the standard of behaviour expected of all our employees.

Our Code is underpinned by a number of other policies, which are all available in the attachments section on the right-hand side of this page.

Speak Out

​Our Speak Out service is for reporting concerns, suspicions or knowledge of wrongdoing taking place in Network Rail.

The service is run on our behalf by an external third party and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Any reports are handed to our Business Integrity Department for initial review.

Anyone can use our Speak Out service – it’s not just for Network Rail employees, and you can make a report anonymously, if you wish.

You can contact Speak Out by:

For more information on speaking out, please view our Speak Out (whistleblowing) policy.


We know it’s important to be open and honest about corporate hospitality and conflicts of interest, so Network Rail use a system called iEthics to declare:

  • gifts or hospitality offered to us or by us
  • any actual or potential conflicts of interest that affect, or could appear to affect, any of our decisions.

For more information, take a look at our Gifts and Hospitality and Conflicts of Interest and Outside Activities policies.


Ethics is a responsibility shared by us all, so it’s important that we’re all clear on what’s expected of us, and those we do business with. In October 2015, mandatory companywide ethics training was launched to raise awareness of business ethics throughout the organisation.  To date, this has been completed by over 35,000 employees and contractors.

In January 2018, new mandatory ethics training was launched as part of our long term plan to maintain the highest standards of business ethics at Network Rail. Our new training builds on from the 2015 training, and is designed to consolidate our colleague’s knowledge and understanding of business ethics. It explores various ethics topics in more detail – including fraud, conflicts of interest, gifts and hospitality, bribery and modern slavery.

You can view one of our training courses, designed with our operational staff in mind, by downloading the course from the attachments section on the right-hand side of this page.

Important: if you are an employee and have access to Oracle, please complete the briefing via Oracle, and not via Safety Central. Completing via Oracle will ensure that you are awarded the associated competence.

Modern slavery

​It’s estimated that there are almost 21 million victims of forced labour worldwide – 13,000 of these in the UK.  At Network Rail we’re committed to doing business in a sustainable and responsible way. This includes a commitment to do all that we reasonably can to prevent all forms of modern slavery in our supply chain and in any part of our own business, and we expect our customers and suppliers to do the same.

For more information, view our Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking policy, or take a look at our Modern Slavery page.


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