En Route Design and Print code of ethics requires compliance with the law of every country in which we do business. Our standards go beyond the legal minimum and require a high level of conduct. En Route Design and Print’s employees are expected to comply with all laws affecting our business, and to act in every respect with honesty, fairness and integrity. The ethical code described should be regarded as more than a set of rules. It is a statement of beliefs that should guide employees’ conduct to most situations. You can resolve most ethical questions in your workplace by taking time to consider whether you are acting fairly and honestly toward your fellow employees, the customer, supplier and general public who rely on our company.
This policy is applicable to all En Route Design and Print employees and its subsidiaries. This policy is issued to all employees on Joining En Route, displayed on company notice boards and forms part of the terms and conditions of employment. This policy is reviews and issued annually.
Each En Route employee has an individual responsibility to deal ethically with our customers and suppliers, fellow employees and the general public. All employees are expected to do more than merely avoid unethical conduct. They must also take initiative and assume positive responsibilities for quality, honesty and fairness.
Employees are expected to raise ethical concerns and report any actual or suspected ethical misconduct to their Managers or and Director as appropriate. Honesty also requires that employees refuse to participate either actively o passively in any cover-up of such misconduct. Each employee is expected to co-operate fully in any investigation of ethical matters by En Route. ‘Looking the other way’ on potential ethical questions is in direct contradiction to En Route’s commitment to honesty and integrity and is not acceptable.
Conflicts of Interest
Employees, their spouses and other close family members are expected to avoid outside interest or activities that could be advanced at the expense of En Route’s interests. Such involvement may divide an employee’s loyalty between En Route and the outside interest and create potential conflict of interest. Non En Route business involvement with a competitor, supplier or customer is strictly prohibited. Such interest could affect an employee’s objectivity in the promotion of En Route’s interests.
Employees may not work for or provide advice or consulting services to a competitor, supplier or customer. Employees should not run any side business in their free time which will compete with, sell to, or buy from En Route and should avoid any financial investment in competitors, suppliers or customers other than nominal investments in public companies.
Receipt of Gifts
Gifts from suppliers, customers or competitors to En Route employees raise the appearance, if not the reality, of dishonest or unfair dealings. It is En Route’s policy that all business decisions made impartially and fairly, and not on the basis of gratuities offered to employees. No employee, or any of his or her family, may solicit or receive favours, gifts, loans or other benefits (including service and discounts as well as material goods) from any supplier, customer or competitor. The only exception to this policy is that employees may receive reasonable hospitality and gifts (other than money) of nominal value which are customarily offered to others having similar relationship with the supplier, customer or competitor. En Route employees should have exercise good judgement in deciding whether to accept gifts of nominal value or reasonable hospitality and should resolve all doubts and questions in favour of declining to accept the offer.
Use of En Route Resources
Each of us has a responsibility to use En Route resources, including time, materials, equipment and proprietary information for En Route business purposes only and not for personal benefit. Any such personal use, without proper permission amounts to theft. En Route property, such as equipment and tools, office materials and facilities, are not to be used by employee other than for En Route purposes. Use of such property in connection with community or employee social or personal activities may be authorised only by your management team.
All employee requests for reimbursements from En-Route whether for medical claims, travel expenses or other business-related items must be legitimate, properly documented and in accordance with policy.
All employees receive En Route business and technical information and know-how in trust and are expected to maintain such information in confidence and not disclose or use it other than for En Route business and for En Route benefit. This information includes, for example, names of customers, suppliers, employees, manufacturing processes and equipment, business plans, financial and marketing information and all documents and data which relates to such items. All of En Route’s business and technical information is part of the value of the En Route Group. Employees are expected actively to protect these assets. Persons who use any of this information for their own personal gain or give or sell this information to outsiders will be dismissed and may be subject to prosecution.
Entertainment and Gratuities
En Route believes that business decisions by its customers should be made solely on the basis of En Route’s quality, service, price, and other competitive factors. Gifts of nominal value and reasonable hospitality may be offered for the purpose of promoting En Route’s image, presenting its goods and services and promoting good relations with business partners. If the gifts and hospitality go beyond this and make the customer feel obligated to offer any special consideration to En-Route, they are unacceptable.
Gifts and hospitality must not be used with the intention of persuading anyone to act improperly or to influence a public official in the performance of his duties. En Route’s policy is to avoid even the appearance improper conduct. Employees must exercise good judgement and moderation.
Special consideration must be given in the case of gifts and entertainment offere4d to government employees. Many government agencies around the world have strict rules which prohibit employees from accepting even the smallest business gifts. These rules may also apply to government prime contractors. It is En Route’s policy that no financial or other advantage should be offered to any public official with the intention of influencing the official in the performance of his duties.
Where there is any doubt about whether a gift or the provision of hospitality is appropriate, no gifts or hospitality should be provided.
Payments to Third Parties
Payments should be made by En Route to third parties only for the services or products properly provided to En-Route. No En-Route employee shall make any direct or indirect payment to any government employee or personnel of any customer, supplier or competitor.
In order to avoid even the appearance of improper payments, no payments are to be made by En Route in cash, other than documented petty cash disbursements. No Group cheques are to be written to ‘cash’, ‘bearer’, or third party designees of the person entitled to payment. Cash payments may never be made to employees of competitors, suppliers, customers or government agencies.
Payments to employee’s agents, consultants or others outside their country of residence are prohibited where they violate the laws of the country.
En Route’s policy is to comply with all competition and trade regulation laws and to use only ethical and proper methods to market En Route products. All En Route customers will be treated fairly and even-handedly, and no preferential trade terms or other treatment will be extended to any customer in violation of any law. To avoid the appearance of improper action, E -Route absolutely prohibits consultations with competitors regarding prices, customers or territories. Commissions and other payments must be adequately documented and reported to government authorities as required. Advertising must always be in good taste. All claims made in advertisement must be fully supportable.
En Route fully supports the belief that each of us have a responsibility to protect the environment and human health. It is imperative that each En-Route employee accepts responsibility for the observance of laws and regulations governing the protection of the environment and human accordance with the law, any chemical or other substance which is illegal. Managers are expected to keep up to date with all relevant laws and regulations concerning the protection of the environment, to seek professional guidance when necessary, and to assure observation of the laws and regulations. En Route will continue to seek alternatives to hazardous methods, substances or products to assure protection of the environment and personal safety.
Individuals who knowingly violate any environmental law or regulation will be subject to dismissal. Accidentally incidents which affect the environment are to be reported immediately to the appropriate outside authorities as well as to senior management.
Responsibilities to Employees
En Route believes that all of its employees should have a safe workplace and equal opportunities for promotion and advancement. En Route will comply with all Health, Safety, Equal opportunities legislation and other similar laws and regulations. En Route is committed to maintaining safe working conditions in all of its facilities. Employees are expected to assume individual responsibility for safety procedures, following all necessary precautions, avoiding any activity that might endanger themselves or fellow employees, and notifying supervisors and management of any potentially dangerous conditions in the workplace. Management and supervisors are expected promptly to correct any serious safety hazards and to stop any production process involved until the hazard has been corrected.
En Route’s policy is that all of its employees will enjoy a work environment free from sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is totally unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances or requests for sexual favours and the creation of intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment through unwelcome sexual conversations, advances, jokes or suggestive objects or pictures. Any complaint of sexual harassment will be immediately investigated and appropriate action, which may include dismissal, taken.
Use of Alcohol and Drugs
En Route are strongly committed to the prevention of illegal activities, and to the protection of its employees, En Route property and the public from any danger which might result from the use of drug or alcohol. It is group policy to provide a safe drug-free and alcohol-free work environment.
In the workplace, drug and alcohol abuse can create hazardous situations, lower productivity and can cause potential problems with outsiders whom En-Route does business. We must ensure we maintain the reputation of En Route and its people as good, responsible citizens.
Use or possession of illegal drugs or alcohol during working hours or on En-Route premises is strictly forbidden, and is cause for discipline up to and including dismissal. Employees reporting to work under the influence of drugs or alcohol are subject to discipline up to and including dismissal.
It is the policy of En-Route to provide assistance to employees who seek the Group’s help in overcoming any addiction to or dependence upon alcohol or drugs. Volunteering to participate in an employee assistance programme will not necessarily prevent disciplinary action for violations of the policy which have already occurred.
Reporting Practices and Financial Information
Whilst honest differences of opinion are expected, and can indeed be useful in examining all sides of an issue, we must base our action on facts, logic and fair play. We cannot use shaded opinions or distorted facts to justify actions, nor should we allow facts or opinions to be covered up to make a situation look different from what it really is. All reporting at all levels throughout the Group must be factual and open.
En Route’s business integrity will be reflected in accurate and complete accounts and records. Employees are responsible for ensuring the accuracy and reliability of the En-Route accounts. Fictitious, improper, deceptive, undisclosed or unrecorded accounts of funds or assets are a serious ethical abuse and illegal. It is policy of En-Route that all accounts and records conform to accepted accounting principles and to all applicable laws and regulations.
All transactions must be accurately documented and accounted for in the accounts and records of the Group. All entries must contain appropriate descriptions of the underlying transactions and no false or deceptive entries shall be made. No employee shall enter into any transaction with the understanding that it is other than as described in the supporting documentation. No employee shall participate in obtaining or creating false invoices, payroll records or other misleading documentation or inventing or using fictitious entities, sales, purchases, services, loans or other financial arrangements for any purpose. En-Route will not maintain or use any anonymous (‘numbered’) bank account or other account that does not identify En-Route’s ownership.
Strict product integrity is necessary for En Route to achieve its quality objectives and to maintain its reputation for quality products. It is En Route’s policy never wilfully to conceal defective work or material, falsify records or make false certification or claims regarding its products. In some instance, particularly in connection with government contracts or subcontracts, it is necessary for employees to make specific product certifications, generate records and supply other information or statements concerning product integrity. It is unlawful intentionally to falsify such records for the purpose of misleading or defrauding the government or any other customer.
All employees are responsible for ensuring the integrity of the products under their control and for the accuracy of the documentation supporting the product integrity. Incidents of suspected or known concealment of defective work or material or falsifications of records are to be immediately reported to management.
No community’s standard should ever be damaged or debased by reason of En-Route’s presence but rather should be improved. All employees have an obligation to ensure that their personal behaviour reflects this policy. Those managers with lead responsibility of an En Route establishment in any community must ensure En-Route makes an appropriate contribution to that community’s overall wellbeing.
It is all employees’ interests to make a positive contribution to the reputation of our industry by supporting the industry’s education and community relations programmes etc. as appropriate. Employees should also avoid all forms of publicity that will reflect negatively on the industry e.g. by refraining from disparaging or slandering our competitors and their products or services.
Human Rights and Ethical Trading
En-Route is committed to human rights and ethical trading in its business activities and employment practices. En Route will:
- Conduct its business with integrity, recognising the economic, social, cultural, political and civil rights of those involved in the company’s operations and respecting the different cultures and the dignity and rights of individuals in the countries where it operates;
- Comply with national laws and be guided by the general principle of international law, especially for the purposes of this policy with respect to human rights;
- Accept that we have an obligation to promote respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms for all, without distinction as to race, creed, colour, nationality, ethnic, origin, age, religion, or similar belief, political affiliation, gender, gender reassignment, sexual origination, marital status, family connection, membership or non-membership of a trade union disability or any other group;
- not employ underage staff;
- encourage suppliers and subcontractors to abide by the same principles
- ensure that for staff, subcontractors, and suppliers, the terms of engagement will be clear, fair and reasonable in comparison with those offered by similar companies;
- Strive, at all times, to provide customers with the standards of products and services that have been agreed.
Application of the code
All employees are expected to be familiar with and to observe the ethical standards outlined in this code. Abuse of En Route’s ethical code may be grounds for dismissal and the abuser could be subject to legal action. Managers are responsible for ensuring the application of this ethical code by monitoring and enforcing the code within their areas. Application of the code will be one of the performance standards by which all managers will be measured. All of En Route’s managers are expected to lead by example and communicate a real concern for the observance of these ethical guidelines.
Each of us should take pride in the high standards of conduct that has always identified us as En-Route employees. Let us resolve together to continue to be a group which tolerate nothing less than complete honesty, fairness and integrity in our dealings with all individuals, social groups, businesses and government institutions that depend on us.