At DSM&T, we stand firmly behind the three core values that shape and guide us in our daily operations and relationships: Do What’s Right, Respect Others, and Perform With Excellence. These simple yet essential values ensure that we conduct ourselves with the utmost integrity, delivering high quality products while following all applicable laws, regulations, and standards of business conduct, and avoiding even the appearance of impropriety. It’s what our customers and shareholders expect. We are committed to meet those expectations, and we in turn trust that all of our suppliers and partners will honor the same values. This Supplier Code of Conduct expresses the expectations we hold for our suppliers, and mirrors the standards we set for our own employees, board of directors and other business associates. Thank you for your shared commitment to meeting these principles.
Laws, Regulations, and Contracts
Our suppliers must, at a minimum, perform all duties and expectations in compliance with all laws and regulations applicable to their business. Suppliers must comply with all flowdown terms, conditions, and other provisions specified in the DSM&T purchase order. When performing international business, or if the primary place of business is outside of the United States, suppliers must comply with local laws and regulations.
We expect our suppliers to avoid all conflicts of interest or situations giving the appearance of a potential conflict of interest in their dealings with DSM&T. We expect our suppliers to report to DSM&T, any situations of potential or apparent conflicts between their personal interests and the interests of DSM&T.
We expect our suppliers to ensure that their business practices are in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations governing the export and import of domestic foreign origin parts and components and related technical data.
We expect our suppliers to develop, implement, and maintain methods and processes appropriate to their products and services to minimize the risk of introducing counterfeit parts and materials into deliverable products. Effective processes should be in place to detect counterfeit parts and materials, and mark parts obsolete as appropriate.
Our suppliers should take proper care to protect all sensitive information, including confidential, proprietary, and personal information. Information should not be used for any purposes beyond the scope of the business arrangement with our company, without prior authorization
We expect our suppliers to treat people with respect and dignity, encourage diversity and diverse opinions, promote equal opportunity for all, and help create an inclusive and ethical culture.
We expect our suppliers to not engage in the use of forced, bonded (including debt bondage) or indentured labor, involuntary prison labor, slavery, or trafficking of persons. This includes transporting, harboring, recruiting, transferring, or receiving vulnerable persons by means of threat, force, coercion, abduction, or fraud for the purpose of exploitation.
We expect our suppliers to ensure that child labor is not used in the performance of work. The term “child” refers to any person under the minimum legal age for employment where the work is performed.
We expect our suppliers to provide equal employment opportunity to employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, color, sex, national origin, age, military veteran status, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, family structure, genetic information, or mental or physical disability, so long as the essential functions of the job can be performed with or without reasonable accommodation.
We expect our suppliers to take steps to determine if their products contain conflict minerals (tin, tantalum, gold, and tungsten) and if so, implement supply chain due diligence processes to identify sources of these minerals and support efforts to eradicate the use of conflict minerals which directly or indirectly finance or benefit armed groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo or adjoining countries.
We expect our suppliers to operate in a manner that actively manages risk, conserves natural resources, and protects the environment. We expect our suppliers to apply environmental management system principles in order to establish a systematic approach to the management of risks/hazards and opportunities associated with the environment, including potential risk from regulatory non-compliance, reputational loss, and opportunities for business growth through operational and product stewardship.
Employee, Safety, & Health
We expect our suppliers to comply with applicable safety and health laws, regulations, policies, and procedures. Suppliers should provide for the health, safety, and welfare of their people, visitors, and others who may be affected by their activities.
We expect our suppliers to ensure that employees may perform their work in an environment free from physical, psychological and verbal harassment, or other abusive conduct.
We expect our suppliers to maintain a workplace free from illegal drugs
Codes of Conduct & Sub-tier Suppliers
Commensurate with the size and nature of their business, we expect our suppliers to have management systems in place to support compliance with laws, regulations, and expectations related to or addressed expressly within the Supplier Code of Conduct. We encourage our suppliers to implement their own written code of conduct, and to flow down the principles of a code of conduct to the entities that furnish goods and services to the supplier.