1. Our understanding of sustainability in supplier management
The PONGS Group together with its affiliates (hereafter: PONGS) understands sustainability as an integral part of our business processes. As a technology group with a high level of materials expertise, we source raw materials, goods and services from suppliers worldwide to ensure the sustainable success of our customers with innovative product and service solutions. The basis for this is responsible corporate management geared to long-term value creation. For this reason, we integrate suppliers directly into our sustainability strategy. In addition to procedural, economic and technical criteria, our procurement activities also pay attention to social and ecological aspects such as human rights, working conditions, corruption prevention and environmental protection. In the field of tension between product / service, market, region and process, cost, quality, reliability, innovation and sustainability are key factors for supplier selection and evaluation. PONGS expects its suppliers to comply in their activities with applicable national laws and this PONGS Supplier Code of Conduct. Furthermore, they are expected to implement appropriate processes that support compliance with applicable laws in their companies and promote continuous improvement in the principles and requirements of the PONGS Supplier Code of Conduct. In addition, PONGS expects its suppliers to ensure that their affiliates also comply with and adhere to all of the policies and requirements described here. This Code of Conduct is valid for all companies of the PONGS Group worldwide.
2. Dealing with employees
PONGS expects its suppliers to comply with the fundamental labor laws of the applicable national legislation.
3. Child labor
PONGS expects its suppliers to prohibit and refrain from any kind of child labor in their companies.
PONGS expects its suppliers to promote equal opportunities and equal treatment and to prevent discrimination in the recruitment of workers and in the promotion or provision of education and training. No employee may be discriminated against on grounds of sex, age, skin color, culture, ethnic origin, sexual identity, disability, religious affiliation or beliefs.
5. Forced labor
PONGS expects that its suppliers will not allow forced labor in their companies.
6. Remuneration and working hours
PONGS expects its suppliers to comply with applicable national legislation on working hours. It is also expected that the suppliers’ employees will receive compensation in accordance with the applicable national laws.
7. Health protection and occupational safety
PONGS expects its suppliers to comply with applicable national health and safety legislation. In addition, suppliers are expected to build and apply appropriate occupational safety management (for example, in accordance with ISO 45001). This includes on the one hand the containment of actual and potential occupational safety risks and on the other hand the training of employees in order to prevent accidents and occupational diseases in the best possible way.
8. Environmental protection
PONGS expects its suppliers to comply with applicable national environmental laws, regulations and standards. Suppliers are also expected to build and apply an appropriate environmental management system (for example, in accordance with ISO 14001) to minimize environmental impact and hazards, and to improve environmental protection in day-to-day operations.
9. Behavior in the business environment
Ban on corruption and bribery
PONGS expects its suppliers to not tolerate corruption. In particular, they ensure that their employees, subcontractors or agents do not offer, promise or promise any benefit to PONGS employees or related parties with the aim of obtaining an assignment or other preference in the course of business.
Invitations and gifts
PONGS does not expect its suppliers to abuse invitations and gifts to influence them. Invitations and gifts to PONGS employees or related parties are only granted if the occasion and scope are reasonable, i.e. they are of low value and can be considered as an expression of locally accepted business practice. Likewise, the suppliers of PONGS employees do not demand undue benefits.
Avoidance of conflicts of interest
PONGS expects its suppliers to make decisions based on their business with PONGS based solely on objective criteria. Conflicts of interest with private interests or other economic or other activities, even of relatives or other related persons or organizations, are avoided right from the start.
10. Free competition
PONGS expects its suppliers to compete fairly and to comply with applicable antitrust laws. Suppliers neither participate in anti-competitive agreements with competitors nor misuse any potential dominant position.
11. Money laundering
PONGS expects its suppliers to comply with relevant anti-money laundering legislation and not participate in money laundering activities.
12. Supplier relationships
The supplier undertakes to comply with all statutory provisions and ordinances, in particular also the Anti-Terror Ordinance, the REACH and RoHS Ordinance and declares with regard to metals that the regulations on “Conflict Minerals”, such as “Conflict Minerals”. the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, Section 1502, or similar EU directives or regulations or national legislation. PONGS expects its suppliers to communicate and take into account all the principles and requirements described here for their subcontractors and suppliers. Suppliers encourage their subcontractors and suppliers to adhere to the described standards of human rights, working conditions, corruption prevention and environmental protection in the fulfillment of their contractual obligations. Any breach of the principles and requirements set forth in the PONGS Supplier Code of Conduct will be considered as materially affecting the contractual relationship on the part of suppliers. In the event of suspicion of non-compliance with the described principles and requirements of the PONGS Supplier Code of Conduct (eg negative media reports), PONGS reserves the right to request information about the relevant facts.
PONGS further has the right to terminate any or all contractual relationships with suppliers who demonstrably fail to comply with the PONGS Supplier Code of Conduct, or who seek and implement any improvement measures after having been given a reasonable period of grace by PONGS.