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.
Ethical Corporate Management Best Practice Principles
Getac has established an excellent corporate governance and risk management mechanism pursuant to relevant laws. This mechanism is fully implemented in all internal management operations and business activities. The goal is to eliminate any form of unethical conduct and create a business environment conducive to sustainability. Getac’s ethical corporate management principles encompass the following:
- Strict compliance with all ethical corporate management-related laws at all operating locations and acceptance of supervision by local competent authorities.
- Prohibition of unethical conduct.
- Business activities must be conducted in a fair and transparent manner based on these corporate ethical management principles.
- Prohibition of any form of conduct that violates professional ethics or prejudices the interests of the Company including, but not limited to, corruption and embezzlement, abuse of powers, bribery and bribe-taking, and malpractices for personal gain.
- Prohibition of illegal political contributions.
- Prohibition of improper donations or sponsorship.
- Prevention of infringement on intellectual property rights including, but not limited to, business secrets, trademarks, patent rights, and copyrights.
- Prohibition of any form of conduct involving unfair competition.
- Prevention of damage to stakeholders caused by products and services.
- Compliance with policies governing conflicts of interest.
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 new employees for which study is compulsory, all employees are targeted for retraining every year, as employees must always keep in mind the importance of human rights and anti-corruption.
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 2021:
- 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.