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The Martin Braun-Gruppe respects the applicable law and expects the same from its employees and business partners ("Suppliers"). This shall apply irrespective of whether it concerns domestic, foreign or supranational laws, ordinances, conventions or other regulations (hereinafter "Laws") and whether it concerns laws relating to health, safety, environment, competition, customs duties or the individual or collective labour law, etc. According to the Laws it is also strictly forbidden to induce third parties to conduct unlawful acts or to assist in such acts.
The employees of the Martin Braun-Gruppe are obliged to make their business decisions in the best interest of the Martin Braun-Gruppe and without being influenced by personal interests. Therefore, suppliers may not have an effect on and influence the personal interests of an employee of the Martin Braun-Gruppe or a person closely associated with him.
With the decision concerning the business relationship only objective criteria count for the Martin Braun-Gruppe: Suppliers are principally only selected according to appropriate, objective criteria such as in particular the price, quality and the existence of a quality management, reliability, technological standard, product suitability as well as the existence of a long-lasting and conflict-free business relationship. In no way may personal relationships or interests have an influence on the conclusion of a contract. The supplier has to disclose existing and possible conflicts of interest in writing.
Owing to international conventions for the combatting of the corruption of office holders, employees of the public administration and in business transactions similarly strict regulations apply worldwide so that corruption committed overseas (bribery and acceptance of benefits) is also punishable according to domestic law. The Supplier accordingly has to be pay attention hereto.
Therefore, the Supplier also has to pay attention that the employees of the Martin Braun-Gruppe may neither request, nor accept unjustified personal benefits from Suppliers in connection with their business activity so that the Supplier may not offer these either. Exclusively permitted are generally customary low-value advertising gifts for business use. Invitations (to business meals, etc.), which are for a business reason, remain within a reasonable framework and are not suitable for influencing business decisions in a dishonest manner, are permitted by complying with the applicable recording obligations according to the corruption laws.
Suppliers receive confidential information from the Martin Braun-Gruppe for negotiations, offers and for the subsequent execution of the contract. Therefore, the Suppliers are obliged to maintain secrecy concerning all business and trade secrets of the Martin Braun-Gruppe as well as other internal confidential matters of the Martin Braun-Gruppe. Deemed as confidential are both the information, which is marked as such, as well as that of which it is to be assumed that it is not known to the public and is not to be made known either, e.g. because it may be of benefit for competitors or with its disclosure may harm the Martin Braun-Gruppe or other business partners. The non-disclosure obligation shall exist both during the contractual relationship as well as after its termination. Confidential information is to be protected against unauthorized inspection by third parties; within the company the Supplier has to ensure that confidential information may only be forwarded to the employees, who require this in order to fulfil their tasks and are accordingly obliged to confidentiality.
The Martin Braun-Gruppe expects the compliance with the internationally recognised human rights by complying with the laws which are applicable in this respect from the Supplier. This includes for the protection of the employees that the Supplier neither practices any form of forced labour, nor corporal punishment nor any child labour within the meaning of the conventions of the ILO [International Labour Organization] or the applicable national laws, employees are not unlawfully discriminated against and complies with the laws governing working hours. The Supplier has to work towards ensuring that at least these standards as well as those at its sub-suppliers are complied with.
The Martin Braun-Gruppe endeavours to handle environmental resources in a gentle manner as far as possible, to avoid dangers for people and the environment and to continuously improve all methods and processes with the aim of further reducing environmental pollution. The Martin Braun-Gruppe also expects this from its Suppliers.
If a Supplier receives indications of breaches of this Code of Conduct by own acts, those of its employees, competitors or employees of the Martin Braun-Gruppe, the Martin Braun-Gruppe expects to be notified immediately. The Supplier has the possibility to report this breach either to its contact at the Martin Braun-Gruppe, its superiors or the Compliance Officer (firstname.lastname@example.org). If the Supplier assumes that it will suffer disadvantages through the notification it can request an initially confidential examination of the possible breach with its report to the Compliance Officer.
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