This Code of Ethics is the written guidelines of a business for its employees and
partners. This document states that employees and partners associated with the
business shall be expected to act in accordance with the company’s values and ethical
standards in conducting its business and further outlines the consequences of violating
the company’s code of ethics. This form contains standard language and may be
adjusted to fit the unique values important to a company.
CODE OF ETHICS
[Instruction: Insert Business Name]
This Code of Ethics shall apply to all employees of and partners associated with the Business.
The Business is committed to highest standards of social and business practices. All employees
of and partners associated with the Business shall be expected to observe the highest possible
standards of integrity as the conduct the day to day operations of the Business and in working
with the clients of the Business. All employees of and partners associated with the Business
shall at all times observe this Code of Ethics of the Business and shall behave ethically and
legally with the highest level of business ethics and personal integrity in all such business
transactions and relations with the Business’ clients.
This Code of Ethics of the Business has been prepared by the key persons/management of the
Business and has been prepared in accordance with the laws of the State of ______________
[Instruction: Insert State] applicable therein.
The Business shall treat all employees and partners fairly and shall not discriminate against any
employee or partner on the basis of age, color, creed, disability, ethnic origin, gender, marital
status or sexual orientation.
The Business shall be an “equal opportunity employer” and shall provide equal opportunities all
of its employees and partners in respect to furthering education and skill development.
At no time shall the Business tolerate any harassment or discrimination to an employee or
partner by another employee or partner and shall not promote such harassment in the Business’
The Business believes that all people should be treated with dignity. Any conduct that fails to
show appropriate respect to others including fellow associates, customers, professional
customers, vendors and suppliers violates the Business' values. The following are examples of
unacceptable conduct: insults; threats; intimidation; profanity; ridicule; vulgarity; discrimination;
harassment; physical or verbal abuse; sexually explicit humor; conversation or behavior; gossip;
slurs or stereotyping; unwelcome sexual advances; unwelcome touching or invasion of personal
space; ignoring the rights of others; and insensitivity to the beliefs and customs of others. The
Business’ activities must reflect the standards of honesty, loyalty, trustworthiness, fairness,
concern for others and accountability. Any act that involves theft, fraud, embezzlement, or
misappropriation of any property, including that of the Business or any of its employees,
suppliers, or customers, is strictly prohibited.
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The Business encourages employees to do the right thing. This includes reporting all violations
of law or company policies, including incidents of harassment or discrimination. The Business
will take appropriate steps to investigate all such reports and will take appropriate action.
Retaliation against any employee for the good faith reporting of a suspected violation of law or
policy or for participating in any investigation of a suspected violation will not be tolerated.
Health and Safety
The Business is strongly committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for its
employees and partners. At all times the Business will strive to maintain the highest level of
safety standards for its employees and partners and shall do all things reasonably necessary to
ensure that its employees and partnership are working in a healthy environment. At all times, the
Business shall treat all of its employees and partners fairly, with respect and dignity. The
Business shall ensure that each of its employees and partners have all of the necessary and
appropriate safety training for the operation of any equipment of the Business and the Business
shall ensure that all of the Business’ equipment and machinery is well maintained and in good
working order. The Business strictly prohibits the use of any illegal substances or the
consumption of alcohol by the employees and partners of the Business in the Business’
Hiring Third Parties
Sales agents, consultants, representatives, independent contractors, external temporary workers
and suppliers of the Business are expected to observe the same standards of conduct as the
Business’ employees when conducting business with or for the Business. No employee may
indirectly or through agents, do anything the employee is prohibited from doing hereunder.
Business integrity is a key standard for the selection and retention of those who represent the
Business. It is extremely important that all persons representing the Business engage in thorough
due diligence before retaining any sales agent, consultant, representative, independent contractor,
external temporary worker or supplier.
The Business is committed to socially responsible sourcing practices. The Business strives to
not only do what is required by law, but also what is expected of a leader. The Business expects
our partners to do the same. Accordingly, our partners’ management practices must respect the
rights of all employees, to minimize the impact on the environment, provide a safe and healthy
work place, and promote the health and well being of all employees. As a member of the
Business, when presented the opportunity, you have a responsibility to promote compliance with