Overview of Business Ethics

Section 4.0302-00 Overview of Business Ethics

We believe that long-term, trusting business relationships are built by being honest, open and fair. All NCBA CLUSA employees are expected to uphold the highest professional standards in all global business operations. We also expect those with whom we do business (including partners, customers, members, volunteers, and consultants) will adhere to the standards set by NCBA CLUSA’s CBEC.

Outstanding employees are key to NCBA CLUSA’s success. All employees are considered to be valued members of the organization and every employee deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. In addition, everyone is responsible for their conduct. No one has the authority to force another employee to violate NCBA CLUSA’s CBEC, and any attempt to direct or otherwise influence an employee to commit a violation is unacceptable.

NCBA CLUSA requires all employees to know, understand, and follow the CBEC, as it applies personally to each individual. Supervisors also are expected to set an example for their employees and take the appropriate action on ethical issues that are reported.

The fundamental principle that underlies the way we do business at NCBA CLUSA is good judgment and prudent business practices. An understanding of our legal and ethical parameters enhances that judgment. NCBA CLUSA has a responsibility to comply with all applicable laws and regulations in all of its operations worldwide. We have the same obligation to the communities in which we do business and to the customers and members with whom we do business. For everyone at NCBA CLUSA, this means following not only the letter, but also the spirit, of the law and maintaining high ethical standards even when the law is not specific.

This code outlines the broad principles of legal and ethical business conduct embraced by NCBA CLUSA. It is not a complete list of legal or ethical issues an employee might face in the course of business, and therefore this code must be applied using common sense and good judgment. Furthermore, because of the global work that NCBA CLUSA does throughout the world, under certain circumstances, local country law may establish requirements that differ from this code. Accordingly, employees worldwide are expected to comply with all local country laws as well as the NCBA CLUSA business conduct policies, even if these laws and polices seem inconsistent with the local practice. Although we realize that some situations are unique, we aim for consistency and balance when encountering any ethical issues. It is essential that you report any possible action inconsistent with NCBA CLUSA’s business ethics – whether these actions occur in dealings with the government or the private sector, and whether they occur because of oversight or intention. In cases where an employee finds conflicts between local law and this guidance to be a challenge, they should consult their supervisor and the Chief Human Resources Officer in a timely manner.

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