The GGE Group Code of Conduct is a set of ethical principles, standards, and rules that are binding on all employees without distinction.
At the same time, we expect all our business partners, as well as other persons who enter into any cooperation with the GGE Group, to behave in accordance with the general ethical principles, to comply with applicable laws and to act in accordance with this Code of Conduct.
GGE does not engage in corruption, respects competition rules, and promotes a fair business environment.
OUR ETHICAL PRINCIPLES
1. WE COMPLY WITH REGULATIONS
In addition to adhering to moral and ethical standards, compliance with the legislation is a fundamental rule. This refers not only to the legal regulations applicable in the Slovak Republic but also to the internal regulations of the GGE Group.
2. WE TAKE CARE OF HEALTH AND SAFETY
Employee health and safety is one of the key priorities of GGE, which recognises that performance and efficiency are made up of happy and healthy employees working in a safe environment.
3. WE RESPECT EACH OTHER
In regard to employee relations, we prefer a workplace of mutual respect and trust. The views of each employee as well as their personal development are the company’s priority. We treat customers, suppliers and others with whom GGE has business relationships responsibly, fairly, and respectfully, regardless of gender, religion or belief, race, nationality or ethnic group, disability, age, sexual orientation, marital or family status, skin colour, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, gender, or other status.
4. WE DO NOT DISCRIMINATE
We do not accept or tolerate any form or manifestation of discrimination. Bullying does not belong in personal life or the workplace. This also applies to any form of mobbing and bossing.
5. WE REJECT CHILD AND FORCED LABOUR
We strictly reject all forms of child, forced, and involuntary labour. We expect the same approach from our business partners. At the same time, we do not restrict the free movement of employees in any way nor withhold any employee identity documents.
6. CONFLICT OF INTEREST
We avoid any direct or indirect affiliation (e.g. with family members or close friends) that would or could interfere, or appear to interfere, with the independent exercise of judgement, while acting in accordance with the best interests of GGE. At the same time, we avoid situations where we might be personally or financially involved in the affairs of customers, competitors, or suppliers who do business with GGE.
7. BRIBERY AND CORRUPTION
We do not engage, directly or indirectly, in any activity that could be considered as bribe acceptance, bribery, procurement machinations, damage to the financial interests of the European Community or any other activity in which we would abuse our position or title. At the same time, we do not grant undue advantages, directly or indirectly, or provide gifts or other benefits to politicians, political parties, representatives of public institutions, etc., which could affect their independence.
8. PERSONAL DATA PROTECTION
We comply with all personal data protection regulations, in particular the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). We protect the personal data of our colleagues, customers, and business partners.
9. CONFIDENTIALITY OF INFORMATION
We maintain confidentiality about GGE matters and about information obtained in the course of our activities.
We adhere to the concept of sustainable development in the environmental field and assist in environmental protection programmes. In all our activities, we respect and comply with applicable legislative and environmental standards and promote the adoption of more demanding standards to reduce adverse environmental impacts and avoid risks of environmental damage. We raise awareness among employees and stakeholders by proactively communicating our environmental policies. The role of our employees is to anticipate these risks and to share any information that will contribute to their prevention.
11. ADHERENCE TO THE CODE OF CONDUCT PRINCIPLES
We expect our employees to conduct themselves in accordance with the principles of the Code. Violations of these rules, laws, internal provisions, or regulations can have serious consequences not only for the individual but also for GGE. In the event of a violation of the principles of the Code, we will draw consequences to the extent possible under the law and regardless of the employee’s position and standing in the company.