IAR Systems believes in social and environmental responsibility and ethical conduct, and expects its employees and business partners to do the same. IAR Systems is being developed with long-term sustainability in mind, which also includes building sustainable relationships with our business partners.
Furthermore, IAR Systems and its business partners have an obligation to all stakeholders to observe high standards of integrity and fair dealing. This is the foundation for, and the reason why, IAR Systems has created the IAR Systems Code of Conduct. Our policies and the IAR Systems Code of Conduct are further based on:
Who does the IAR Systems Code of Conduct apply to?
The IAR Systems Code of Conduct applies to all our employees and business partners that provide products or services to IAR Systems, or that are engaged or instructed to act for or on behalf of IAR Systems, such as suppliers (and subcontractors if used while engaging with IAR Systems), consultants, distributors, agencies, and other representatives.
IAR Systems requires all our employees and business partners to operate in accordance with the principles in the IAR Systems Code of Conduct, and in full compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. The IAR Systems Code of Conduct does not replace legislation, and if the two are in conflict, legislation takes precedence. If the IAR Systems Code of Conduct sets a higher standard than the existing legislation, the reverse applies.
Should you, or if you are a business partner, your employees, believe that the terms of the IAR Systems Code of Conduct are not adhered to, or that IAR Systems is not acting in accordance with the IAR Systems Code of Conduct, then we encourage you to raise your concerns to IAR Systems Headquarters.
Implementation and monitoring
IAR Systems monitors the implementation and adherence of the Business Partner Code of Conduct. IAR Systems will assess its business partners’ compliance with the Business Partner Code of Conduct. Violations will be handled immediately, and any violations of the Business Partner Code of Conduct may jeopardize the business partner’s business relationship with IAR Systems, up to and including termination.
IAR Systems respects the laws and regulations of the countries in which it operates, and requires that its business partners do the same. IAR Systems does not tolerate any form of corrupt activities, including but not limited to bribery, conflicts of interest, fraud, extortion, embezzlement, and unlawful kickbacks, and its employees or business partners shall not engage in, or cause IAR Systems to engage in, any form of corrupt activities.
Competition and antitrust laws
IAR Systems’ employees and business partners shall comply with all applicable competition and antitrust laws and regulations. This means, among other things, not to engage in price fixing, market sharing, bid rigging, or customer allocation.
IAR Systems does not accept bribes or facilitation payments in any form.
Conflict of interest
Conflict of interest between a business partner and IAR Systems must be avoided. Conflicts of interest may include external business activities, personal financial interests, internal information, and employment of, buying from, and selling to family members and close personal friends. Furthermore, IAR Systems expects you, in your business interaction with IAR Systems, to protect all confidential information provided by IAR Systems and respect the intellectual property of IAR Systems and others.
IAR Systems recognizes the rights of every child to be protected from economic exploitation, and from doing work that is likely to be hazardous to their physical, mental or spiritual health, harmful to their moral or social development, or to interfere with their education.
A child in this context is a person who is less than 15 years of age, or less than 14 years of age in accordance with the exceptions for developing countries as set out in Article 2.4 in the ILO Minimum Age Convention (No. 138). If relevant national legislation has set a higher minimum age, then this age will apply. Some countries apply the definition of “young workers” to persons above the minimum age and less than 18 years of age, which means that there might be legal restrictions regarding the type of work that they are allowed to perform.
IAR Systems does not tolerate the use of child labor, and expects the same from its business partners. However, IAR Systems acknowledges that child labor exists, and realizes that it cannot be eradicated by simply setting up rules or inspections. If a child is found producing products or providing services for IAR Systems, it is requested that the employer acts in accordance with the overall best interest of the child. In such cases, business partners are expected to cooperate in seeking a satisfactory solution that will improve the individual child’s overall situation, with the child’s age, social situation, and education always taken into account before a decision is made.
Forced or bonded labor
IAR Systems does not tolerate the use of any form of forced or bonded labor, including employment of prisoners or illegal workers, and expects its business partners to do the same. IAR Systems acknowledges that forced or bonded labor can include requiring a deposit of payment, or demanding a deposit of identity documents or other personal belongings, all of which is prohibited. If business partners employ foreign workers on a contract basis, the workers must not be required to remain in employment against their will, and they shall further have the same rights as local workers. The employer will pay for commissions and recruitment agency fees in connection with the employment where applicable.
All workers shall have the right to leave their workplace and accommodation (if provided) freely during the hours in which they are not working.
Freedom of association and collective bargaining
IAR Systems expects its business partners to respect the rights of its employees in having the freedom to join, or not to join, an association of free choice, as well as establish an association of free choice, to organize, and to bargain collectively or individually in accordance with local laws and regulations. No employee should risk being harassed or retaliated against for exercising these rights.
Workers’ contracts, working hours and compensation
IAR Systems expects its business partners to comply with local laws and regulations regarding workers’ contracts and working hours, including overtime and overtime compensation. Salaries should be paid regularly and comply with the applicable local legislation and local market situation. Workers should be entitled to a minimum of one day off in seven, as well as time off for established national and local public holidays. Workers should be granted the stipulated annual leave, sick leave and maternity/paternity leave without any negative repercussions.
Discrimination, harassment and diversity
IAR Systems values and promotes diversity and gender balance. IAR Systems expects its business partners to provide a work environment where everybody is treated with respect and dignity, and given fair and equal opportunities for development. IAR Systems does not tolerate any form of discrimination or harassment in the workplace, and our business partners shall not discriminate against any worker based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, religion, age, disability, political opinion, nationality, or any other potentially discriminatory factor.
Alcohol and/or drug abuse
IAR Systems works proactively to remove any workplace hazards. Individuals producing products or providing services for IAR Systems should not be on company premises or in the workplace if they are under the influence of, or adversely affected by, alcohol, to the extent that this impairs the individual’s ability to perform their work duties. IAR Systems has zero tolerance for the use of illegal drugs, and does not allow individuals producing products or providing services for IAR Systems to be on company premises or in the workplace if they are under the influence of illegal drugs.
IAR Systems requires that applicable health and safety requirements are met for its products and services, and our business partners shall take this into account when producing goods or providing services for IAR Systems.
Responsible sourcing of minerals
IAR Systems is committed to complying with relevant laws and regulations requiring the disclosure of the use of conflict minerals. Conflict minerals are minerals from high risk and conflict-affected areas that have directly or indirectly contributed to financing of armed groups, where some groups are believed to be responsible for serious human rights violations. Goods provided to IAR Systems shall be in compliance with relevant laws and regulations regarding conflict minerals
Environment and sustainability
IAR Systems shall meet legal environmental requirements and expects its business partners to obtain, keep current, and comply with all required environmental permits and licenses needed for their operations. IAR Systems encourages the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies. IAR Systems recommends that all business partners with significant environmental impact implement certifiable environmental management systems or similar systems that facilitate the business partners’ work with the environment.
IAR Systems continuously seeks ways to reduce the consumption of resources. IAR Systems expects its business partners to strive to reduce their consumption of resources, including energy and water, to reduce their production of waste and pollution, to keep acceptable noise levels, and improve the overall environmental impact of their operations and products along the value chain. Further, chemicals and hazardous materials shall be labeled properly and safely stored, and recycled, reused, and disposed of correctly.
IAR Systems works systematically with health and safety, and is committed to provide a safe work environment, and expects its business partners to do the same. Risks that can cause accidents or impair the health and well-being of individuals while working for IAR Systems shall be reduced. Therefore, occupational health and safety hazards shall be identified, evaluated and managed through a prioritized process of hazard elimination, engineering controls, and/or administrative controls.
For IAR Systems, a safe work environment means, for example, that work areas are kept clean and free from pollution, machines used in production are safe and do not risk the health of the workers, and instructions regarding the use of personal protection and work equipment are adhered to. Personal protective equipment and work equipment shall be provided to the workers. Further, the work environment shall be well lit, and have temperature and noise at acceptable levels. When noise is above acceptable levels, personal protective equipment such as ear protection shall be used. IAR Systems also expects the above from its business partners.
Building and fire safety
Hazardous material and equipment must be stored according to applicable law. There should be clearly marked emergency exits in all workplaces. Exits must not be blocked and should be well lit. All workers shall receive information about safety arrangements, such as emergency exits, fire extinguishers, first aid equipment, etc. An evacuation plan should be displayed on each floor of a building. The fire alarm should be tested and evacuation drills carried out on a regular basis.
First aid and medical care
First aid equipment must be available at appropriate locations, and at least one person in each location should be trained in basic first aid. The business partner should cover the costs of medical care for injuries incurred on its premises if they are not covered by social security or insurance, provided safety rules have not been violated.
Security, theft and waste
The purpose of our security requirements is to protect IAR Systems property and systems, and reduce the risk of illegal intrusion, sabotage, damage, disruption, data intrusion, or other action that may lead to any form of loss.
Information security refers to material and equipment, as well as information and knowledge. It is the responsibility of all employees to maintain a high standard of security, which includes controlling and managing passwords and PIN codes to computers and mobile phones, and using our communication systems when processing, sending, receiving, storing, printing, or in any other way, sharing information that is false, illegal, harassing, or not compliant with professional behavior.
Any form of crime, such as theft, waste, embezzlement, fraud, blackmail or receipt of bribes is unacceptable and can lead to disciplinary action, such as written not or dismissal. Any such violations within IAR Systems will be reported to the police or other appropriate authority.