CODE OF CONDUCT
The Factory Direct Lighting Code of Conduct ("Supplier Code") sets forth principles that FDL has adopted to promote ethical conduct in the workplace, safe working conditions in FDL's supply chain, treatment of workers with respect and dignity, and environmentally responsible distribution processes.
Factory Direct Lighting embraces diversity and legal compliance as fundamental principles and key components of its operation. It is our desire that all suppliers to FDL, similarly embrace diversity and equal opportunity to the fullest extent possible. All suppliers must operate in full compliance with the laws, rules and regulations of the jurisdictions in which they operate, and they must act ethically at all times.
ETHICS AND STANDARDS OF CONDUCT
Suppliers are expected to conduct business with integrity and mutual respect and to uphold the highest standards of ethics and behavior, including:
1) Business Integrity
Any and all forms of illegal or inappropriate activity, including, but not limited to, corruption, misrepresentation, extortion, embezzlement or bribery, are strictly prohibited and may result in termination of any or all supply agreements with FDL and possible legal action. Records prepared for FDL, including records of work time and expenses, shall be accurate, truthful and complete, and shall meet applicable standards and requirements.
2) Company Information
Safeguarding from disclosure FDL's confidential and proprietary information concerning matters such as our business activities, strategies, plans, structure, technology, customers, financial situation and performance is critical to the company's success, and such information cannot be disclosed or used, except in accordance with applicable regulations, contractual requirements and this Code. It is paramount that our business providers safeguard FDL's information.
- Understand any specific requirements for using FDL's information and, when not sure, seek guidance from FDL.
- Comply with applicable non-disclosure agreements and contractual confidentiality requirements regarding information belonging to or in the possession of FDL.
- Immediately notify FDL of any request or demand by a third party for FDL information.
- Never misuse or disclose confidential or proprietary information to unauthorized parties.
- Use caution when discussing non-public information in public or any place where others may overhear.
- Safeguard and appropriately handle FDL information and information regarding the FDL brand or logo.
- Secure FDL's written approval before using information about FDL or FDL's name or brand identity publicly in any publicity, advertising or website.
- Do not access, use, copy, manage, store or process company information outside the United States without the prior written approval of FDL.
3) Competitor Disparagement and Obtaining Information
FDL competes based on the strength of its products, services, reputation, and fair and accurate comparisons with its competitors. Suppliers should not make unfair, misleading, or inaccurate comparisons with the products and services of FDL's competitors. FDL acquires competitive and other information only using proper means and without misrepresentation, and FDL's suppliers, their agents and permitted subcontractors shall similarly do so.
4) Conflicts of Interest
Suppliers must avoid engaging in any business activity that would conflict or interfere with their provision of products and services to FDL.
5) Company Property, Funds and Information
Suppliers must use all FDL property, including but not limited to, equipment, funds, documents, electronic and written information and communications systems, with care and adherence to acceptable standards, applicable laws, and FDL's rules and procedures. Suppliers are required to report any suspected or actual misuse, theft, vulnerability, improper exploitation or sabotage of FDL property.
6) Reporting Concerns or Misconduct
Suppliers must report concerns and potential or actual misconduct that violate this Supplier Code of Conduct. Suppliers shall, consistent with any applicable law and privilege, provide reasonable assistance to any investigation by FDL of a violation of the Supplier Code of Conduct.
HEALTH and SAFETY
Suppliers to FDL must conform to all applicable health, safety and environmental laws and regulations. Ongoing worker input and education is key to identifying and resolving health and safety issues in the workplace, and these are critical to the overall success of a safety and health program.