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Accounting and Auditing Matters The unethical systematic recording and analysis of the business and financial transactions associated with generally accepted accounting practices. (Examples include: misstatement of revenues, misstatement of expenses, misstatement of assets, misapplications of GAAP principles, wrongful transactions.)
Antitrust and Competition The antitrust and competition laws define acceptable behavior for competing in the marketplace. The general aim of these laws is to promote competition and let businesses compete fairly on the basis of quality, price, service and other valid business criteria.
Conflict of Interest A conflict of interest is defined as a situation in which a person, such as a public official, an employee, or a professional, has a private or personal interest sufficient to appear to influence the objective exercise of his or her official duties. (Examples include: inappropriate vendor relations, bribery, misuse of confidential information, inappropriate customer relations)
Discrimination or Harassment Uninvited and unwelcome verbal or physical conduct directed at an employee because of his or her sex, religion, ethnicity, or beliefs. (Examples include: bias in hiring, bias in assignments, wrongful termination, bias in promotions, bias in educational decisions, unfair compensation, inappropriate language).
Embezzlement To appropriate (as property entrusted to one's care) fraudulently to one's own use. (Examples include: bookkeeping errors, misapplication of funds, and mishandling of cash)
Environmental Protection, Health or Safety Law Violation of any environmental law, regulation, corporate policy or procedure with respect to the handling and disposal of hazardous materials or the health and safety of other individuals.
Equal Opportunity The Company provides equal employment opportunities to all board directors, officers, employees and job applicants. The Company and its board directors, officers and employees will not unlawfully discriminate against other board directors, officers, employees, or applicants on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, citizenship, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable domestic and international laws and regulations.
Falsification of Contracts, Reports or Records Falsification of records consists of altering, fabricating, falsifying, or forging all or any part of a document, contract or record for the purpose of gaining an advantage, or misrepresenting the value of the document, contract or record.
Illegal or Fraudulent Conduct Any activity that is prohibited by law or a deception deliberately practiced in order to secure unfair or unlawful gain.
Import/Export Failure to comply with import, export or tax laws.
Improper Giving or Receiving of Gifts or Entertainment The giving, receiving or solicitation of items that could reasonably be interpreted as an effort to influence a business relationship or decision, or the provision or participation in inappropriate entertainment events.
Intellectual Property Infringement Any unauthorized or inappropriate use, misappropriation, or disclosure of confidential information (in any form) or intellectual property belonging to the Company or any customer, supplier or business partner of the Company including, without limitation, any intellectual property protected under any U.S. or other laws relating to copyrights, patents or trade secrets. Also includes any unauthorized or inappropriate use of any Company computer system.
Misconduct or Inappropriate Behavior Intentional wrongdoing; specifically: deliberate violation of a law or standard.
Misleading Sales, Marketing & Advertisement False, misleading or deceptive advertising, packaging, point of purchase displays or promotional materials, deliberately misleading messages, omissions of important facts or false claims about the Corporationís or competitorsí products.
Procurement and Purchasing Practices Refers to any violation of Corporate Policy governing procurement and purchasing practices.
Product Quality Failure to follow applicable laws and regulations governing the manufacture, handling, testing, marketing and distribution of company products and product candidates.
Sabotage or Vandalism Destruction of an employer's property (as tools or materials) or the hindering of manufacturing by discontented workers (Examples include: Equipment destruction, stealing, work slowdown, computer virus).
Securities Violations Infringement, transgression; specifically: an infringement of the rules which securities acts define. (Examples include: insider trading)
Side Letters Any document, communication, or other commitment to a distributor, reseller, end user, or customer that contains agreements or promises different from those in the contract, end user license, invoice, or purchase order.
Substance Abuse Substance abuse is defined as the misuse of both legal and illegal drugs including alcohol. (Examples include: cocaine, narcotics, marijuana, stimulants)
Theft The act of stealing; specifically: the felonious taking and removing of personal property with intent to deprive the rightful owner of it.
Unsafe Working Conditions Failure of meeting requirements needed to perform all duties in a secure environment. Potential areas of harm. (Examples include: environmental damage, OSHA, EPA, supervisor directive, poor housekeeping)
Use of Company Property or Resources Refers to the use of Company time, materials, assets or facilities (including e-mail and voice mail) for purposes not directly related to Company business, or the removal, borrowing or destruction of Company property without permission.
Violation of Policy Willful or innocent actions that are in direct violation of company policy, procedures, code of conduct, and/or implied contractual responsibilities. (Examples include: non-disclosure agreements, hiring standards, safety, Internet usage, corporate guidelines)
Violence or Threat Violence is an expression of the intention to inflict evil, injury, or damage to a person or their property. (Examples include: direct, veiled, conditional, violent)
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