We comply with the letter and spirit of competition laws (also referred to as “antitrust” laws) wherever we do business. These laws are intended to ensure fair, honest and vigorous competition. Generally, these laws prohibit conspiracies between competitors, improper attempts to monopolize markets and to fix or control prices, and other unfair business practices. Any violation of these laws could have serious and far-reaching consequences for our company and the individuals involved. The laws are very broad and complex and vary by country; therefore you are encouraged to ask questions if you need further guidance. If you are aware of or suspect any violation of antitrust laws or company policy, contact the Legal Department.
If you are routinely involved in the negotiation, pricing, review, approval or execution of agreements for the purchase of supplies or sale of products, you are responsible for understanding these laws beyond the content in our Code, and you must understand and comply with applicable laws and company policy for any country where you are conducting business.
We protect our trade secrets and intellectual property
Our trade secrets and intellectual property give us a competitive advantage and protecting this information is critical to our success. Outside of the Company you should only discuss company information that is publicly available. If you have entered into a confidentiality agreement approved by the Legal Department with a business partner, it may be appropriate to discuss certain non-public company information the business partner. We should always respect trade secrets and intellectual property that belong to our business partners including compliance with the terms of any definitive agreements relating to our business relationship.
A: Formula, practice, process, design, instrument, pattern, or compilation of information that is not common knowledge.
A: Creations of the mind to include inventions, patents, names, images, trademarks, designs, literary and artistic works and symbols.