ALE maintains the highest levels of business ethics, personal integrity and compliance across our business. The ALE Code of Conduct is the cornerstone of this commitment and defines the company's expectations for employees and members of the ALE board of directors. The company may take disciplinary action against employees who fail to comply with the Code of Conduct, applicable laws, or company policies and procedures.
ALE is committed to maintaining a work environment that is culturally diverse and free from all forms of discrimination, harassment and retaliation. We comply with all applicable civil rights, human rights and employment laws wherever we work. ALE is committed to fostering an open dialogue with its employees and, when available, with their representatives, on important decisions directly affecting them.
Consequently, we recognize that employees are free to lawfully establish or join organizations of their own choosing and will not discriminate against, or treat unfavorably, any employee due to membership or non-membership in a trade union.
As a customer-driven company, ALE is committed to maintaining our customers' trust and respect by delivering high quality, secure and reliable products, services, software and solutions. We uphold the highest standards of ethics with regard to our customers, avoiding all corrupt, illegal, dishonest or deceptive business practices. We accurately and fairly describe our products and services. We do not misrepresent our products, services or capabilities, even if it means losing a sale.
We select our business partners, including our suppliers and contractors, based on merit, reputation and ability to help ALE meet its business objectives, considering, among other things: price; quality; delivery capability; reputation for service; integrity; and social responsibility. We require our suppliers to abide by ethical standards and business practices.
ALE competes fairly and complies with applicable competition (or antitrust) laws to ensure our products and services are judged solely on their merits. We engage in lawful means of obtaining information about our competitors. We comply with all international trade laws, including applicable export, import and sanctions laws and regulations in the countries where we conduct business.
ALE is committed to design products with the lowest environmental impacts by respecting local, national and international legislation to track hazardous substances and to eliminate banned substances from our products. Within an Eco-Declaration document for each of our products, we provide information to our customers about energy consumption, health and safety hazards or end-of-life management.
ALE is socially responsible and is committed to enhancing and serving the communities where our employees and customers live and work. We protect the environment and the health and safety of our employees, contractors, customers and the communities wherever we conduct business.
As ALE employees, we promote and protect the company's interests. We do not compete with the company nor improperly use our relationship with the company for personal gain. We undertake all necessary efforts to avoid conflicts of interest and, where such conflicts are inevitable, we disclose and resolve such issues immediately. We do not offer or accept gifts, hospitality or entertainment that may be inappropriate or may affect or otherwise appear to influence our business judgment or the decision - making of our customers.
ALE complies with all applicable data privacy laws, regulations and company policies in the protection and management of personal information. We maintain only those employee records required for business, legal or contractual purposes and limit access to such data to those who need the information for legitimate business or legal purposes. We manage company records in a manner consistent with all applicable legal requirements, company policies and related record retention schedules. At Alcatel- Lucent Enterprise, we safeguard our proprietary information, intellectual property rights and goodwill. We share proprietary or confidential information only with authorized company employees having a legitimate need to know or with third parties subject to prior approval and appropriate safeguards.
Similarly, ALE respects the intellectual property assets of others. Internet access and e-mail are provided to ALE employees for legitimate business use and employees must comply with all company policies and requirements governing their usage.
As ALE employees, we safeguard the company's physical property and financial assets by following company policies and procedures to prevent their loss, theft or unauthorized use. All expenditures must be undertaken for legitimate business purposes and never for personal use. We always obtain proper authorization and approval before entering into financial or contractual commitments on behalf of the company. Every ALE employee is responsible for ensuring the complete, accurate and timely internal and external reporting of financial information within their sphere of influence. We do not exploit for personal gain the company's financial and non-financial data or confidential, non-public information to buy or sell, directly or indirectly, the shares or options of Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise.
All employees are encouraged to report suspected or observed violations of law or company policy by contacting the appropriate manager or by using the company's approved Compliance Issues Reporting Methods. ALE will not retaliate against anyone who reports, in good faith, suspected violations of law or company policy.
All ALE employees, including new employees upon hire, are expected to read the Code of Conduct and comply with its standards. The company has established a process to support employees in undertaking a periodic review of the Code of Conduct to ensure continued knowledge of its contents.
To guarantee the company's continued success, each of us, working together, must continue to establish and meet the highest standards of business ethics and personal integrity (Download code of conduct PDF).