Recognize That the Company's Greatest and Most Valuable Asset Is Its Workforce. The
company is committed to maintaining a safe and professional working environment
for all of its employees and to ensuring that all employees are treated with fairness,
dignity and respect.
A. General Principles
In order to comply with this standard, we must observe all government regulations
and rules promoting protection of workplace health and safety and must take reasonable
precautions to protect ourselves and our co-workers from workplace hazards. We must
also comply with all laws, regulations and policies related to non-discrimination
in all our personnel actions, which include recruiting, hiring, compensation, evaluations,
transfers, promotions, corrective actions, discipline, terminations and staff reductions.
Company employees should be able to work in an environment free of harassment and
ridicule. Harassment can consist of offensive comments based upon the diverse characteristics
or cultural backgrounds of our co-workers, degrading or humiliating jokes, and slurs
or intimidation of any form. Sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances
or requests for sexual favors in connection with job decisions, or verbal or physical
conduct of a sexual nature that interferes with an employee's work performance or
creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment.
At the extreme, harassment can also include workplace violence, such as threats
of violence or violence directed against co-workers or the company, or "stalking"
behavior committed by or directed at company employees. For this reason, company
employees are prohibited from bringing to the company's premises, or having in their
possession on the company's premises, firearms, weapons, explosive devices or other
Harassment of any form is strictly prohibited by the company. If you are the victim
of harassment, or you observe any form of harassment, you should immediately report
the incident to your supervisor and the compliance officer. Employees who violate
this standard will be subject to the full range of disciplinary sanctions, up to
and including termination where appropriate.
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