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Code of Conduct

M&C Supplier Code of Conduct.
It´s our responsibility.

Sustainability in supplier management

At M&C TechGroup and all its affiliates, we consider sustainability to be an essential component of our business processes. We purchase primary materials and services from suppliers worldwide so as to ensure the sustainable success of our customers by providing innovative solutions for products systems and services.

This requires responsible management that pursues a long-term, value-added business model. For this reason we consider our suppliers to be a part of our sustainability strategy. In all our procurement activities, we do our best to take into consideration a set of economic, process-driven and technical criteria as well as essential social and ecological factors such as human rights, labor conditions, anti-corruption concerns and environmental protection.

In the areas of products/services, markets, regions or processes, the principal factors for M&C TechGroup’s supplier assessment and evaluation, both in Germany and abroad, are always cost, quality, reliability, innovation and sustainability.

At M&C TechGroup, we expect that our suppliers comply with applicable national statute, with the principles of the United Nations Global Compact, and with the M&C TechGroup Supplier Code of Conduct. Furthermore, we expect our suppliers to support suitable processes for compliance with applicable statute in their companies and to drive continuous improvements with regard to the principles and requirements laid out in the M&C TechGroup Supplier Code of Conduct. In addition, we expect our suppliers to ensure compliance with these principles and requirements by all their affiliates.

For the purposes of this Supplier Code of Conduct, an “affiliated company” shall mean an enterprise in which one of the parties holds a direct or indirect participating interest of more than 50% of the voting registered capital.

Conduct towards employees
At M&C TechGroup, we expect all our suppliers to respect and comply with the fundamental rights granted to all employees under applicable national statute. Furthermore, M&C expects that all their suppliers fully recognize the labor standards issued by the International Labor Organization (ILO), taking into due account the applicable laws and regulations in different countries and at different sites.

Child labor
M&C expects that all their suppliers prohibit and refrain from any kind of child labor within their organization.

Discrimination   
At M&C TechGroup, we expect that all our suppliers promote equal opportunities and equal treatment and prohibit discrimination in recruiting, promoting or selecting employees for basic or advanced training programs. Within the organization of our suppliers, no employee may be discriminated against based on his or her gender, age, color, race, nationality, sexual orientation, disabilities or religious conviction.

Forced labor
At M&C TechGroup, we expect our suppliers to prohibit any kind of forced labor in their organizations.

Employment rights
At M&C TechGroup, we expect that our suppliers respect the employment rights of their staff, to the full extent of applicable national statute.

Remuneration and working time
At M&C TechGroup, we expect our suppliers to fully comply with applicable national statute on working time. Furthermore, we expect that the employees of our suppliers receive a remuneration which is in line with applicable national statute.

Occupational health and safety
At M&C TechGroup, we expect our suppliers to fully comply with applicable national statute governing health and safety at work.

Environmental protection
At M&C TechGroup, we expect our suppliers to comply with all applicable national laws, regulations and standards to protect the environment and to define and comply with highest possible standards of their own.

Conduct in business environment

Prevention of corruption and bribery
At M&C TechGroup, we expect our suppliers to have zero-tolerance for corruption and to ensure compliance with all United Nations (UN) and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development  (OECD) conventions against corruption, and with all governing anti-corruption laws. In particular, our suppliers are expected to ensure that their employees, subcontractors and agents do not offer, promise or grant any advantages to any M&C TechGroup employees or related parties with the goal of securing an order award or any other form of preferential treatment in their business transactions.

Invitations and gifts 
At M&C TechGroup, we expect that our suppliers refrain from presenting any invitations or gifts to our employees so as to gain any form of influence. Any invitations or gifts to M&C employees, or related parties, if any, must be reasonable and suitable with a view to scope and design, i.e. they must be of low financial value and reflect ordinary local business custom. We also expect our suppliers to refrain from asking M&C employees for any inappropriate benefits. 

Preventing conflicts of interest
In our suppliers’ business dealings with us, we expect our suppliers to take decisions based on objective criteria only.  Any factors that might influence our suppliers’ decisions due to private, business or other conflicts of interest must be prevented from the start. The same applies to relatives and other related parties.

Unrestricted competition
At M&C TechGroup, we expect our suppliers to always compete in a fair manner and to comply with applicable antitrust laws and regulations. Our suppliers are expected not to enter into agreements with competitors that might constitute a breach of antitrust law, nor to take advantage of any dominant market position they might hold.

Money laundering
At M&C TechGroup, we expect our suppliers to comply with all applicable statute governing the prevention of money laundering, and not to participate in any money laundering activities

Supplier relations
At M&C TechGroup, we expect our suppliers to communicate the principles laid out herein to their subcontractors and sub-suppliers and to take these principles into account when selecting sub-contractors and sub-suppliers. Our suppliers are expected to encourage their subcontractors and sub-suppliers to comply with the standards of this Code of Conduct.

Verification
M&C TechGroup will review their suppliers’ compliance with the principles and requirements laid out in the M&C TechGroup Supplier Code of Conduct in an appropriate way. The decision of M&C regarding the commencement, continuation or completion of a business relation with a supplier will be subject to the supplier’s compliance with this Code of Conduct and/or with the result of such review.

Infringements of the Code of Conduct
Any violation of the principles and requirements set out in this M&C TechGroup Supplier Code of Conduct will be considered as a serious derogation of the contractual relationship by the supplier. In the event that supplier is suspected of violating any of the principles laid out in the M&C Supplier Code of Conduct (e.g. based on negative media reports), M&C reserves the right to request relevant information from the supplier.  In the event that a supplier verifiably fails to fulfill the M&C Supplier Code of Conduct, or refuses to implement improvement measures during a defined time limit, M&C reserves the right to extraordinarily and instantly terminate any or all contracts with the supplier for cause.


Support / References
Guidance and reference for the implementation of the Code of Conduct can also be found here:

United Nations Global Compact, www.unglobalcompact.org
Universal Declaration of Human Rights, www.un.org/en/rights
International Labour Standards (ILO), www.ilo.org/global/standards/lang--len/index.htm
OHSAS 18001 Healthy & Safety Standard, www.ohsas-18001-occupational-health-and-safety.com
International Organization for Standardization (ISO), www.iso.org


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