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Employment and the Workplace

We believe that all terms and conditions of employment should be based on an individual's ability to do the job and not on the basis of personal characteristics or beliefs. We provide employees with a working environment free of discrimination, harassment, intimidation or coercion relating directly or indirectly to race, religion, sexual orientation, political opinion or disability.

We do not use any prison, slave, indentured, or forced labour in the manufacture of any of our products.

We do not utilise child labour in the production of any product. We do not employ any person under the age of 18 or the age at which compulsory schooling has ended, whichever is greater.

We maintain reasonable working hours based on the limits on regular and overtime hours allowed by local law, or where local law does not limit the hours of work, the regular work week. Overtime, when necessary, is fully compensated according to local laws, or at a rate at least equal to the regular hourly compensation rate if there is no legally prescribed premium rate. Employees are permitted reasonable days off (at least one day off in every seven-day period) and leave privileges.

We acknowledge the value of our staff and treat each employee with dignity and respect. We do not use cruel and unusual disciplinary practices such as threats of violence or other forms of physical, sexual, psychological or verbal harassment or abuse.

We fairly compensate our employees by complying with all applicable laws, including minimum wage laws, or the prevailing local industry wage, whichever is higher.

We maintain a safe, clean and healthy environment in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. We provide adequate medical facilities, clean restrooms, reasonable access to potable water, well lit and ventilated workstations, and protection from hazardous materials or conditions.

Concern for the Environment

We believe it is our duty to protect the environment and we do this by complying with all applicable environmental laws and regulations.

Ethical Business Practices

It is our policy to prohibit employees from entering into sensitive transactions -business dealings generally considered to be either illegal, immoral, unethical or adversely reflect on the integrity of the company. These transactions usually come in the form of bribes, kickbacks, gifts of significant value or payoffs made to favourably influence some decision affecting the company's business, and for personal gain of an individual.

We prohibit employees from receiving, directly or indirectly, anything of value in return for using or agreeing to use his or her position for the benefit of that other person. Similarly, commercial bribes, kickbacks, gratuities and other payoffs and benefits paid to any customer are prohibited. However, this does not include expenditures of reasonable amount for meals and entertainment of customers if they are otherwise lawful, and should be included on expense reports and approved under standard company procedures.

We accurately keep books and records of all transactions and the dispositions of our assets as required by law, as well as maintain a system of internal accounting controls to ensure the reliability and adequacy of our books and records. We ensure only transactions with proper management approval are accounted for in our books and records.

We strictly prohibit disclosure of material inside information to persons within the company whose positions deny access to such information. Inside information is any data that has not been publicly disclosed.

We take extra care to keep our customers' trust and confidence in us. Thus, we prohibit employees from disclosing confidential or proprietary information outside the Company that could be harmful to our clients, or to the Company itself. Such information may only be shared with other employees on a need-to-know basis.


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