Corporate Governance and Values 

Code of Ethics 

We expect each Synopsys employee to exercise good judgment, to act ethically, and to comply with the letter and spirit of the law. We have memorialized this longstanding commitment to fair and ethical business practices in our Code of Ethics and Business Conduct.

On June 26, 2012, the Board of Directors of Synopsys amended the Code to reflect the following changes:

  • The title of Synopsys’ Chief Ethics Officer was changed to “Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer” and all references in the Code were updated accordingly.
  • References to Synopsys’ Chief Executive Officer were updated to include Synopsys’ Co-Chief Executive Officers, as applicable, in light of the promotion of Synopsys’ Chief Operating Officer to Co-Chief Executive Officer on May 21, 2012.
  • The Code’s description of the trading restrictions for Synopsys’ Section 16 Officers was clarified.

Effective December 13, 2012, Synopsys' Code of Ethics and Business Conduct was further amended and restated to increase efficiency and understanding and provide additional guidance in several areas including: Additional Responsibilities for Leaders; Communicating Responsibly; Treating our Customers Fairly; Compliance with Government Contracting Requirements; Protecting Intellectual Property and Confidential Information; Avoiding Conflicts of interest; Anti-Corruption / Anti-Bribery; Global Safety and Security; Maintaining a Drug-free and Alcohol-free Workplace; Effective Records Management; Speaking on Synopsys’ Behalf; Contracting Authority, and Respecting Privacy. Additional technical, administrative, and other non-substantive amendments were also made to the other provisions of the Code.

Please note that certain hyperlinks contained in the Code are only active when accessing the Code from Synopsys’ intranet.

Code of Ethics and Business Conduct (English)


Zakelijke Gedragscode (Dutch)

Code de Déontologie Et de Conduite Commerciale (French)

Üzleti Magatartási és Etikai Kódex (Hungarian)

倫理及び業務上の行動に係る 規定(コード) (Japanese)

윤리 및 행동 강령 (Korean)

道德与商业行为准则 (Simplified Mandarin)

道德及商業行為準則 (Traditional Mandarin)

Código de Ética e Conduta Comercial (Portuguese)

Кодекс этических норм и делового поведения (Russian)

Código de Ética y Conducta de Negocios (Spanish)