THE BRAUN CORPORATION SUPPLIER CODE OF CONDUCT
Suppliers must do business in a way that is open, transparent and with the highest integrity. BraunAbility strictly prohibits any form of extortion or bribery. Suppliers will not provide, offer, promise or grant any BraunAbility employee or contractor any gift, gratuity or service to gain influence or reward such person. Suppliers will not extend business courtesies such as meals, entertainment and gifts unless the item is of nominal value, not paid in cash, is consistent with customary business practices and is not susceptible to being construed as a bribe or kickback.
Suppliers shall disclose business gifts or hospitalities that are requested from employees and employees shall disclose attempts from suppliers that seek an unfair advantage.
Conflict of Interest
Even creating the appearance of a conflict of interest can have a negative effect on the Company and must be avoided. Employees must not use BraunAbility’s name or resources for their personal affairs, use their position in the company for personal benefit, give a friend or relative an unfair advantage, or do anything that damages the reputation of BraunAbility.
Suppliers will not enter into a contract or agreement or assume an obligation that will interfere or represent a conflict of interest with the Supplier’s duties to BraunAbility.
All BraunAbility Suppliers are responsible for safeguarding confidential information and intellectual assets. Our suppliers should take proper care to protect all sensitive information, including confidential, proprietary, and personal information. Information should not be used for any purposes beyond the scope of the business arrangement with our company, without prior authorization.
Suppliers shall not discriminate against any worker on the basis of race, age, disability, gender, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law in hiring and other employment practices. Supplier’s hiring practices must include verification of workers’ legal right to work in the country and ensure that all mandatory documents, including work permits, are timely obtained and available for inspection.
We expect our suppliers to ensure that child labor is not used in the performance of work on their products or the products obtained by the supplier. “Child” refers to any person under the minimum legal age for employment where the work is performed.
We expect our suppliers to comply with applicable safety and health laws and regulations. Suppliers should have policies and procedures in place to ensure a safe and healthy workplace that promotes accident prevention, proper hygiene, sanitation, fire safety, and all other health risks by maintaining a structured health and safety management system.
All production machinery must have the appropriate safety devices, with those devices being regularly inspected and maintained. Appropriate employees must be adequately trained on use of the equipment, including proper lock out and necessary personal protective equipment to be utilized while equipment is in use.
Forced Labor / Human Trafficking
The Supplier must ensure that there is no trafficking of persons or use of any forced, bonded, indentured or involuntary labor. Involuntary includes transportation, harboring, recruitment, transfer of vulnerable persons by means of threat, force, coercion or abduction for the purpose of exploitation.
We expect suppliers to take steps to determine if their products have conflict minerals (tantalum, tin, tungsten or gold). Suppliers shall have a policy to reasonably assure that any product they manufacture, that does contain a conflict mineral, will implement efforts to eradicate the use of any conflict mineral which directly or indirectly finances or benefits armed groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo or adjoining countries.
Suppliers must comply with all applicable environmental laws, regulations and standards that apply to their business. Suppliers must actively manage environmental risks, conserve natural resources and protect the environment.
The foregoing standards are subject to modification, without notice, at the discretion of BraunAbility. Each BraunAbility Supplier is responsible for ensuring that its employees and representatives understand and comply with these standards. BraunAbility reserves the right to request any documentation that ensures compliance to this code.