For Kontron, sustainability means to contribute to worldwide sustainable growth, respecting the environment, the society and the economy. We support worldwide sustainable growth by providing our customers with trusted integrated complete Embedded Solution platforms enabling unique solutions.
Throughout Kontron’s history, it has been essential that we act with unquestioned integrity consistent with our Company’s Code of Conduct. We have created a corporate culture of integrity and ethical behavior which all current employees must continue to live each day.
Integrity is at the center of our performance. Our success stems from a deeply engrained culture of ethics and integrity which strengthens our relationships with our employees, customers, suppliers and communities. Our Code of Conduct defines how we treat each other with fairness, dignity and respect. Acting with integrity allows us to attract and retain outstanding employees, maintain the Company’s ethical reputation and meet the high expectations of our suppliers and business partners.
In a complex, intensely competitive world, the choices we face in our profession aren’t always so clear-cut. Our Code of Conduct gives us all a framework to identify and address those dilemmas. It promotes a common understanding of right and wrong across all Kontron businesses, wherever we operate.
Compliance, the adherence to all applicable laws and regulations, stands as a core value of Kontron’s corporate culture. Kontron has enacted a clear Code of Conduct defining and outlining our firm commitment to not tolerate violations and to apply a zero tolerance policy for any non-compliance. Kontron’s Code of Conduct not only defines the principles and guidelines that govern our business conduct within the Kontron Organization; it also defines the requirements set forth by Kontron for its suppliers and business partners. Kontron expects its suppliers and business partners to adhere to Kontron’s Code of Conduct or a similar, but by no means a less stringent set of compliance guidelines and values.
Doing business with integrity is the only way to do business. We appreciate our employees, customers, suppliers and communities and we are obligated to continuing to uphold our Company’s commitment to integrity.
In accordance with the California Transparency in Supply Chain Act of 2010, Kontron is proud of its uncompromising integrity and its efforts to ensure the highest level of lawful and ethical conduct from its employees, business partners, and suppliers. These efforts include adherence to a strict Code of Conduct which, among other things, confirms that Kontron does not under any circumstances tolerate unethical behavior or white-collar crime in any form. This includes human trafficking or slavery. Moreover, Kontron trains its staff to be sensitive to these issues, such that should any of them observe such illicit activity, they must turn to appropriate supervisors or contact business partners in the affected region, with queries and doubts concerning such matters. This Code of Conduct further requires all staff who are working or conducting business abroad to comply with all local laws, regulations, and social norms.
Kontron’s Code of Conduct requires particular scrutiny before a major business transaction with new suppliers, and directs its staff members to inform themselves sufficiently about contractual partners' business environment, the contractual party itself, and the purpose of the transaction in which the contractual party intends to enter. Because the scourges of human trafficking and slavery are often accompanied by indications of money-laundering and/or unusually large cash payments, Kontron likewise strives to ensure that all of its suppliers’ payments are reflected on a corresponding invoice, that payments are not made by a third party but by the actual contractual supplier unless specifically arranged and agreed to, and that normal and reasonable charges, accounting and bookkeeping are followed.
Kontron’s staff members are guided to immediately inform managers or the compliance officer in cases of doubt, or where there is a suspicion of irregularities. Staff members are obliged to provide information if they suspect an instance of any criminal offence.
In addition to its Code of Conduct Kontron’s standard “Terms and Conditions” expressly prohibits its suppliers from engaging in human trafficking or slavery with respect to the products they provide to Kontron. Kontron also makes intermittent inquiries to ensure compliance with its contractual requirements.
Kontron also has a well established and fully implemented an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy that prohibits discriminatory treatment of any Kontron employees. Additionally, subcontractors, vendors, and suppliers are notified in writing of our EEO policy, which specifically includes a prohibition against human trafficking and slavery. All subcontractors, vendors and suppliers are requested to practice the appropriate action on their part in their operations and in their relationship with our company, consistent with this EEO policy.
In each of these ways Kontron (1) seeks to ensure that its supply chains evaluate and address the risks of human trafficking and slavery; (2) periodically conducts inquiries regarding its suppliers to evaluate compliance regarding Kontron’s Code of Conduct, Terms and Conditions, and EEO policies; (3) requires that its suppliers comply with applicable law, including those regarding slavery and human trafficking; (4) maintains internal standards and procedures for those company contractors who fail to adhere to Kontron’s policies regarding human trafficking and slavery; and (5) provides training to the managerial and other Kontron employees with respect to reducing the risk of human trafficking and slavery in their supply chains. Kontron engages in these functions on its own behalf, without the use of a third party.