A Corporate Culture of Honesty and Integrity
Getac believes that an ethical corporate culture is the foundation of corporate sustainability. Ethical conduct must start with day-to-day practices, eventually integrating into the company's culture and employee behavior. Getac's Employee Code of Conduct requires employees to "Be the Best, Be Sincere and Honest, Take Responsibility, and Create Value," and that they be sincere and honest in work-related activities.
Anti-Corruption And Human Rights Education: 100% Training Rate
In order to promote the education of integrity and strengthen the international anti-corruption promotion, Getac Technology Corp. has incorporated anti-corruption and human rights education into employee compulsory training, and compiled unified teaching materials, introduced United Nations Convention against Corruption, Corporate Governance Best Practice Principles, Codes of Ethical Conduct for Employees, Confidentiality of Material Information and Prohibition of Insider Trading, Codes of Conduct for Cooperation with Suppliers, and Regulations for Reward and Punishment of Reporting Corruption and Malpractice. Getac has also introduced human rights protections for employees in the Chapters on Labor Human Rights, including working-hour and non-forced labor compliance, prohibition of child labor, gender work equality, and elimination of sexual harassment.
The anti-corruption course adopts rolling training. In addition to the new employees who are compulsory for study, all employees are targeted for retraining every year, for employees to bear in mind the importance of human rights and anti-corruption. In 2022, a total of 7,123 employees from Getac Group received anti-corruption and anti-money laundering education and training, achieving a completion rate of 89%. Please refer to the training details of each subsidiary from 2022 Sustainability Report (P.40) . We did not find or receive any internal or external reports of unethical conducts by all operational sites in 2022.
To eliminate and prevent illegal matters violating ethical management or corruption policies, Getac has mandated an explicit rewarding and punishment system, while simultaneously announcing the Anti-Corruption Informant Regulation, which provides a comprehensive whistleblowing system. The auditor shall setup a Project Investigation Committee to conduct investigation three days after receiving a filed report. If the report is found true, in addition to requesting that the relevant division make improvements before a specified deadline, the Committee shall impose punishment on the involved individuals pursuant to the law and shall take legal action against individuals to seek damage compensation and serve as a warning to others. Getac has established a mailbox for internal and external individuals to provide feedback or report violations of integrity and codes of ethical conduct. The reporting mailbox is specified in supplier contracts. The informant will be given a maximum reporting reward of NT$200,000 or 5% of the loss amount. The report or relevant information will be kept strictly confidential to protect the informant against threat, intimidation, retaliation, or other illegal acts. Such illegal acts against the Informant shall be severely punished pursuant to the law.
Anti-competitive Behavior is when Corporations build barriers to others entering into the industry through behaviors that restrict market competition, create monopoly, fix prices, and create trusts. All major global markets have stipulated laws and regulations to prohibit anti-competitive behaviors, such as the US Anti-trust Law, European Anti-competitive Behavior Law, China and Russia Anti-monopoly Law, and the Taiwan Fair Trade Act.
Getac Technology Corp. markets rugged computers all over the world, and the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) process is established internally, to perform local sales through the global distributor system, provide transparent and open MSRP suggested pricing to the distribution system, and Getac does not intervene in the distributor's final retail price. In addition, Article 8.6 of the Company's Distributors Contract states that partners are required to comply with local laws and regulations and must not be involved in any violation of fair competition-related laws and regulations, thereby undermining market competition mechanisms. Getac was not involved in any anti-competitive behavior, antitrust and monopoly related lawsuits in 2018, and there was no closed legal action.
Getac strictly abides by regulatory laws relating to corporate governance and integrity management, environmental protection, and labor human rights to implement civic and law-related education within the organization. There were zero incidents of the following in 2022:
- Major penalties for environmental protection and related disputes.
- Significant penalties or non-monetary sanction due to legal violation.
- Product or service in violation of consumer health and safety laws and principles.
- Product or service in violation of information or labeling laws and principles.
- Significant fines for violating the relevant laws and decrees related to providing or using products or services.
- Marketing activities (including advertising, promotion, and sponsorships) in violation of relevant laws and principles.
- Violation of anti-competitive behavior, antitrust laws and regulations.