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 April 7, 2017, the Board of Directors of Synopsys amended and restated the Code of Ethics and Business Conduct. This amendment did not change the principles of the Code; rather, the Code was reorganized and rewritten in many sections to make it easier to read. For example, the Whistleblower Hotline, a key resource for employees to report concerns, is now more prominent. We also added the following to the Code:

  • A letter from Synopsys’ co-CEOs and a Core Values section, explaining the vision behind the Code and highlighting the leadership team’s dedication to ethical business practices
  • A section articulating Synopsys’ commitment against human trafficking and forced labor
  • References to guidelines on fair competition (antitrust), business gifts and entertainment, and conflicts of interests, designed to assist Synopsys personnel in interpreting policies in these areas
  • Clarification on the right of individuals in the U.S. to report suspected violations of law to the government
  • Updates to the Export Controls and Privacy sections reflecting recent legal developments

The above is only a summary of changes to the Code. Please refer to the full text of the Code.

The updated Code became effective in the U.S. and most other regions on April 30, 2017. Some jurisdictions have a later effective date for the amended Code consistent with local law requirements and procedures.

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

Business Partner Code

The Synopsys Business Partner Code of Conduct (the “Code”) is the roadmap for Synopsys Business Partners to do business the right way. By conducting business with Synopsys, each Business Partner agrees to comply with the Code and to maintain the highest ethical standards under any and all circumstances. Every Business Partner is required to review the contents of this document and to make this document available to employees and others doing business on the Business Partner’s behalf. Business Partners are further required to sign the Receipt and Acknowledgement, which certifies that the Business Partner has received and reviewed the Code, that the Business Partner understands and agrees to comply with the Code, and that the Business Partner understands that engaging in conduct that is in violation of the Code or is otherwise unethical is grounds for termination or non-renewal of the Business Partner’s relationship with Synopsys.