Code of Conduct template for small business

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Published on February 14, 2014

Author: b2b-compliance



This is a Code of Conduct template for small companies with less than 100 employees. A Code of Conduct is the foundation of any Compliance program. However, one size does not fit all. This example of a Code of Conduct covers the most important Compliance topics of companies of small size that are active in domestic business in first place.

[Company Logo] Version 1.0 – last update: [insert date] CODE OF CONDUCT

Ethics, laws, and regulations [Company-Name] will strive, through ethical and legal means, for long-term growth by bringing genuine added value to its customers and being rewarded for it. Employees shall follow the highest ethical standards in the conduct of [Company-Name]'s business. In their conduct of business, Employees shall in all respects act professionally, honestly, and with the highest standards of integrity. [Company-Name] and Employees shall comply with the spirit as well as the letter of applicable international and national laws. Among these are antitrust laws and regulations promoting fair competition; governing publicly traded securities; addressing corporate governance; safeguarding against bribery and corruption; and dealing with product safety and labor laws. Conflicts of interest, gifts, and bribes Employees must avoid any conflict between their own personal interests and the interests of the [Company-Name]. This includes, but is not limited to, giving or receiving of personal gifts or hospitality by [Company-Name] stakeholders , other than reasonable gifts or hospitality in the ordinary course of [Company-Name]business and as acceptable under applicable laws. Confidential information [Company-Name] trade secrets and proprietary information are valuable business assets and thus need to be used and protected well. In particular, trade secrets and other information must be protected through ensuring of their confidentiality and, where appropriate, seeking of additional protection through registration of intellectual property rights. Employees who receive or learn of confidential business information or trade secrets of [Company-Name] or others may not, for other than [Company-Name] business purposes, disclose said information to third parties (including friends and family members). They shall keep relevant information confidential even if there is no formal secrecy obligation. The environment [Company-Name] aspires to sustainably harmonize the interests of people, the environment, and the economy. We care for each other's welfare and that of future generations. Politics [Company-Name] does not participate in politics and does not give support financially or otherwise to political parties or groups. Employees participating in political activities shall do so as private persons only and not as representatives of [Company-Name]. Employees [Company-Name] is a responsible employer and supports equal opportunity for its employees. No discrimination based on race, color, nationality, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or other factors irrelevant to work performance is allowed at [Company-Name]. [Company-Name] strives to provide fair compensation as well as a safe and healthy workplace for Employees. 2

Customers and suppliers In its work, [Company-Name] is determined to help our customers to be successful, as achieving this will lead to [Company-Name]'s success. [Company-Name] strives for satisfaction and good faith in all agreements, high product quality, fair pricing, and excellent after-sales service. [Company-Name] will treat all of its stakeholders with the same mindset as that with which we approach our customers. [signature of CEO] Chief Executive Officer 3

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