Code of Ethics

Ethics and integrity play a vital role in allowing NSF International to further its mission of protecting and improving human health.

The NSF Code of Ethics outlines our unwavering commitment to our clients, vendors, and other stakeholders, including the public in upholding the highest standards when it comes to business ethics, scientific and personal integrity, compliance with laws, treating others with respect and an inclusive mindset, and the other important topics addressed in the Code.

What A Responsible Company Means to Me — President & CEO Kevan Lawlor

I know each of you shares with me a deep sense of pride in NSF International’s mission to protect and improve human health, and like me, you are dedicated to achieving this mission. Our global reach, our vast subject matter expertise, our longstanding leadership in standards setting, and our many talented team members are important components of our organization. But the most critical component, and the key to our future, is our steadfast adherence to ethics and integrity.

The NSF Code of Ethics outlines our commitment to each other, our clients, vendors, and other stakeholders, including the public, to uphold the highest standards when it comes to ethics and integrity. I am counting on each of you to take the time to read and understand each section of the Code, to ask questions if you need explanations, and to comply at all times with the principles, policies, and procedures described. The NSF Board of Directors and I hold ourselves to the same requirement.

Although each of us is responsible for complying with all sections of the Code, its true essence can be summed up in a simple (but not easy) commitment:

Do the Right Thing

Of course, in order for us to show our true fidelity to this commitment, we must all be willing to speak up if we see behavior that is not right. Speaking up isn’t always easy, but it is the only choice we have if we are to ensure our organization remains headed in the right direction—toward accomplishing our important mission. NSF will not permit retaliation against anyone who takes this important step.

Thank you for your devotion to NSF, to our fellow colleagues, our valued clients, and the public. And thank you for your personal commitment to doing the right thing so NSF and its critical mission can live on for another 75 years, and more.

Kevan Lawlor Signature

Kevan P. Lawlor
President & Chief Executive Officer
NSF International

Updated: October 14, 2021

Team Member Ethics Hotline

To submit a confidential, anonymous report online, go to

To submit a report by telephone, use one of the following toll-free numbers, available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year:

Country Dialing Information
Belgium 0-800-100-10
Brazil 0800-892-0705
Canada French 1-855-883-2428

English 1-855-350-9393
China 4006013627
Germany 0-800-225-5288
India 000-117
Korea 00308-13-3055
Mexico 001-844-671-9162
Peru Spanish 0-800-50-000

English 0-800-50-288
Thailand 1800-011-567
United Kingdom 0808-234-2785
United States 1-855-883-2428

No Retaliation; Code of Ethics Administration

NSF strictly prohibits any form of retaliation against any employee as a result of a report of a potential violation of this Policy or as a result of cooperating in an investigation of a suspected violation of this Policy.

The Chief Legal Officer is responsible for the administration of this Code of Ethics under the governance of the Audit Committee of NSF's Board of Directors.