Code of conduct
FELLER SA acts integrally and ethically correct vis-à-vis all its stakeholders. This is in line with our sustainable company philosophy, our mission and our basic principles. We ask all our employees and business partners to support us in the implementation of our Code of Conduct. Only together we can reach the goal. FELLER SA therefore endeavors to work together with business partners whose values and actions are in harmony with our own. All business partners of FELLER SA are requested to adhere to the rules indicated below and to put into effect appropriate measures. Likewise our partners are required to ensure that also their partners will commit to complying with these expectations. FELLER SA expresses many thanks for your support and co-operation. FELLER SA will be at your disposal at any times in case you require further information.
1. Legal Compliance
Compliance with all laws and regulations relevant to our enterprise, in particular national and international antitrust and competition laws, money laundering laws, legislation concerning business conduct, product quality, environmental standards, legislation concerning health and safety at work as well as labor law etc.
2. Confidential / Proprietary Information
Business partners must respect the intellectual property, trade secrets and other confidential, proprietary or sensitive information of FELLER SA and may not use or disclose such information. Any information or data of FELLER SA shall be treated by partners as confidential at all times and shall not be disclosed to 3rd parties unless FELLER SA agrees in writing.
3. Ethical Dealings
Honest dealing with business partners is essential to sound and long lasting business relationships. FELLER SA seeks to give all potential partners fair consideration. Decisions are based on objective criteria such as price, quality, and service capability as well as partner’s reliability and integrity. Giving or receiving any kickbacks, bribes or similar payments of any sort is prohibited.
Business partners should be aware that it is not permissible for FELLER SA employees to give or receive gifts, payments or other benefits that influence any business decision or that create the appearance of influencing any business decision. Partners are therefore discouraged from providing any gifts and may not provide a gift or other benefit to a FELLER SA employee or close family member of a FELLER SA employee. There are no objections against gifts of minor value once per calendar year.
5. Labour Practices
FELLER SA opposes the use of illegal child labour, the exploitation of minors and all other forms of abusive or exploitative labour practices. It is FELLER SA policy not to work with any business partner known to operate with illegal worker treatment or known to work with suppliers who operate with illegal worker treatment.
6. Universal Human Rights
FELLER SA is committed to respecting the international human rights. To that end, FELLER SA only seeks to work with business partners who also comply with the following principles:
- equal opportunity for all employees
- wages to enable employees to meet at least their basic needs
- provide opportunities for employees to improve their skills and competences
- legally mandated work hours and compensation for overtime hours in accordance with local law
- respect the employees lawful freedom of association
7. Workplace Health and Safety
Business partners are encouraged to maintain health and work safety measures which are at least in accordance with local legislation and are consistent with those of FELLER SA. Employees of business partners who are present in FELLER SA facilities have to adhere to the FELLER SA health and safety standards.
8. Environmental and Safety Considerations
Processes and standards for waste management, handling of chemicals and other hazardous substances and the disposal thereof as well as for emissions and waste water treatment must at least comply with legal minimum requirements or surpass them. Business partners of FELLER SA promote a sustainable use of natural resources.
9. Management Systems
The business partner company shall define and implement a policy for social accountability within the framework of a management system. It shall follow an anti-bribery and anti-corruption policy in all of its business activities. The business partner is responsible for the correct implementation and continuous improvement of the implementation of the Code of Conduct. He takes corrective measures and periodical review of the Code of Conduct as well as the applicable legislation. He is also responsible to ensure that all employees are informed about the requirements of the Code of Conduct.
10. Quality Requirements
FELLER SA expects that quality agreements and standards worked out together with business partners are adhered to at all times.
Grenchen, June 2015