Code Violations & Reporting
The Company offers many ways to ask a question relating to the Code or to report a possible violation.
If you see something that you think is wrong, don't worry about the repercussions of sharing it. In no event will you or any Associate be subject to reprisals, retribution or any career disadvantage for complying with the reporting or other requirements of this Code. Company policy strictly prohibits any retaliation for reporting under this Code.
Of course, false reporting of violations -- when done knowingly or recklessly -- will not be tolerated; but if you have actual knowledge of or a reasonable basis for suspecting a violation, you should err on the side of making the report.
Consequences for Violations of Our Code
All violations of our Code- no matter how trivial they may seem at the time - are harmful to the interests of the Company and will be treated accordingly. Associates who violate the Code are subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment. The following are examples of conduct that may result in discipline under this Code:
The Company will waive application of the policies set forth in this Code only where circumstances warrant granting a waiver. Waivers of the Code for directors and executive officers may be made only by the Board of Directors as a whole or the Audit Committee of the Board and will be disclosed as required by law or regulation.
The Company has more detailed policies for certain subjects discussed in the Code. For more information about these policies, see your Human Resources department.
This Code and the policies discussed in it are not an employment contract. No contractual rights are created by issuing the Code or the policies.