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Code of Conduct

The basic principles of sustainable corporate management represent the basic mission of our daily actions.

EXPRESSO Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG and its employees therefore recognize their social responsibility. All laws and standards are observed and ethically correct actions are taken in all matters. In particular, everyone involved in the procurement process bears responsibility towards their own company, their business partners, the environment and society. We expect the same from our suppliers.

The Code of Conduct is the basis of all business relationships and is an extension of our general purchasing conditions.

  • 1. General principles

    1.1 Compliance with Laws

    In all business activities that relate to the cooperation with EXPRESSO Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG, our suppliers undertake to meet their social responsibility and to comply with the applicable laws and other relevant provisions of the countries in which services are provided for EXPRESSO Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG are provided or delivered.

    1.2 Corruption

    Actions and (purchase) decisions are made free of irrelevant considerations and personal interests. Consequently, employees should not enter into any financial or other relationship with a supplier that affects the employee’s obligation. In business transactions, no pecuniary personal benefits, gifts, payments, invitations or services are offered or promised that are granted with the intention of improperly influencing a business relationship. This is generally not the case for gifts and invitations that are part of customary hospitality. Cash or other cash values are generally not accepted.

    1.3 Fair Competition

    Applicable laws that protect and promote fair competition, in particular the applicable antitrust laws and other laws regulating competition, are observed.

  • 2. Supply chain
    Our supplier is obliged to implement compliance with this code of conduct towards his supplychain as well.
  • 3. Social

    3.1 Human Rights

    Compliance with internationally recognized human rights is respected and supported.

    3.2 Forced Labor

    Any form of forced labor is rejected.

    3.3 Child Labor

    The internationally recognized regulations on human and children’s rights are observed, in particular the Convention on the Minimum Age for Admission to Employment. If a national regulation provides for stricter standards, these are to be given priority.

  • 4. Working conditions

    4.1 Living wages

    Our supplier pays its employees appropriately and at the minimum wages customary in the country and in the industry. In addition, he grants them the social benefits to which they are entitled by law.

    4.2 Working Hours

    Our supplier adheres to the nationally applicable laws on working hours, break times and vacation times. Ensuring working and break times also applies to those employees who, due to their work, do not have a permanent workplace at one of its locations.

    4.3 Discrimination

    Any form of discrimination is opposed within the framework of the applicable laws and regulations. This relates in particular to discrimination against employees based on gender, race, disability, ethnic or cultural origin, religion or belief, age or sexual orientation.

    4.4 Health Protection

    Our supplier ensures compliance with the applicable health and work-related laws, rules and regulations and ensures safe and healthy working conditions for its employees. In addition, it supports the continuous development of occupational safety measures and systems.

  • 5. Environmental protection

    5.1 Compliance with Laws and Regulations

    The supplier’s products and services must not endanger people or the environment and meet the agreed or statutory standards. He is called upon to keep the negative effects as low as possible and to continuously improve his environmental protection.

    5.2 Conservation of resources

    The supplier endeavors to reduce the consumption of raw materials to a minimum in every business activity. In particular, he pays attention to the economical use of energy, water and non-renewable resources. The use of renewable resources is to be preferred if this is possible.

  • 6. Consequences of violations and knowledge of violations

    Our suppliers undertake to inform us immediately if they become aware of a violation of one or more points of the above-mentioned basic principles and to present options or alternative courses of action to us.

    A knowing and direct violation of the core principles and standards set forth herein will be considered a material impairment of the business relationship. In such cases, EXPRESSO Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG reserves the right to take appropriate measures and sanctions.

    – as of 25.07.2023