Code of Conduct
Supplier´s Code of Conduct
with implementing the suppliers code of conduct Schulte & Bruns ensures that the standards in view to our daily business operations will meet the universally accepted principles in areas of business ethics, labour, health, safety and environment.
This provides that all our suppliers, service providers incl. their subcontractors, comply with these standards and principals.
The ground principles to comply with our code of conduct are as following:
Labour – suppliers are expected to protect the human rights of their employees and other personnel and to treat them with dignity and respect. This includes the following aspects:
- Equal and fair treatment of all employees must be a fundamental principle of the Suppliers’ corporate policy. Discriminatory treatment takes into consideration irrelevant characteristics of an employee such as race, national origin, gender, age, physical characteristics, social origin, disability, union membership, religion, family status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or any unlawful criterion under applicable law. Suppliers shall ensure that its employees are not harassed, coerced or abused in any way.
- Working hours for Suppliers’ employees will not exceed the maximum set by the applicable national law.
- Suppliers will comply with all applicable quality, health, safety and environmental regulations. All required permits, licenses and registrations will be obtained, maintained and kept up-to-date. Suppliers will fulfill their operational and reporting requirements.
- Suppliers will protect their employees from any hazards and over-physically demanding tasks in the workplace. Suppliers will provide appropriate controls, safe work procedures, preventative maintenance and necessary technical protective measures to mitigate health and safety risks in the workplace. Suppliers will provide employees with appropriate personal protective equipment, and
- Suppliers will make available safety information on identified workplace risks and suppliers’ employees will be correspondingly trained to ensure they are adequately protected. Suppliers will identify and assess likely and potential emergency situations in the workplace and minimize their impact by implementing emergency plans and response procedures.
Environment – suppliers will comply with all applicable environmental regulations.
- All required permits, licenses and registrations will be obtained, maintained and kept up-to-date. Suppliers will have systems in place to ensure the safe handling, movement, storage, recycling, reuse and management of waste, air emissions and wastewater discharges.
Business Ethics – suppliers are expected not to practice or tolerate any form of corruption, extortion or embezzlement.
- Suppliers will not offer or accept bribes or other unlawful incentives to/from their business partners. Suppliers are expected not to offer to employees gifts or any other kind of personal benefit resulting from the relationships with the Suppliers;
- Suppliers will conduct their business in line with fair competition and in accordance with all applicable anti-trust laws;
- Suppliers will safeguard and make only appropriate use of confidential information and ensure that all employees’ and business partners’ privacy and valid intellectual property rights are protected.
By accepting this code of conduct Suppliers commit to act responsibly and to abide by the standards and principles set out herein. We expect our Suppliers to ensure that their own suppliers and service providers will also adhere to and abide by the principles of this code of conduct and the standards upon which it is based.
Schulte & Bruns reserves the right to potentially end its business relationship with the Suppliers if they do not adhere to the principles defined above.
We are counting on your support. If you have any questions about this code of conduct, please refer your questions to your Schulte & Bruns contact.