Basic Principles of Code of Conduct

The implementation of the "Code of Conduct for Siemens Suppliers and Third Party Intermediaries" is ensured in our "Supplier Qualification process" through the supplier’s commitment on the Corporate Responsibility declaration. Additionally, the implementation of the Code of Conduct in all new and extended procurement contracts assures, on a long-term basis, high standards of our suppliers and thus assures Siemens’ sustainable competitiveness.

The topics of the Code of Conduct are:

Legal Compliance

We consider legal compliance to be one of our primary duties. As part of our corporate responsibility, we also expect this from our suppliers.As a Siemens supplier you commit yourself:

  • to comply with the laws of the applicable legal system(s).

Prohibition of Corruption and Bribery

Siemens works against all forms of corruption and no contraventions will be tolerated.

We expect that our suppliers:

  • tolerate no form of and do not engage in any form of corruption or bribery, including any payment or other form of benefit conferred on any government official for the purpose of influencing decision making in violation of law.

Fair competition, anti-trust laws and intellectual property rights

Antitrust laws prohibit agreements between companies that restrict competition, e.g. price fixing, market or customer allocation, market sharing or bid rigging with competitors, or the abuse of a dominant position in the market. Siemens has a strict policy to act in compliance with antitrust laws and expects its contractual partners to do the same.

  • to act in accordance with national and international competition laws and not to participate in price fixing, market or customer allocation, market sharing or bid rigging with competitors;

  • to respect the intellectual property rights of others.

Conflict of interest

Employees should act in the best interest of their company. Accordingly, employees should have no relationship, financial or otherwise, with anyone that conflicts, or appears to conflict, with the employees’ obligation to act in the best interest of their company.

  • to avoid all conflicts of interest that may adversely influence business relationships.

Respect for the Basic Human Rights of Employees

Siemens expects its suppliers to respect the basic human rights of employees as defined in the international conventions of the United Nations (UN), the International Labor Organization (ILO), the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the UN Global Compact Initiative.

This means that you as our supplier have to, for example:

  • respect the personal dignity, privacy and rights of each individual

  • comply with the maximum number of working hours laid down in the applicable laws.

Prohibition of Child Labor

Siemens expects its suppliers to only employ workers with a minimum age of 15. In exceptional cases only, we will accept a minimum age of 14 provided that a statutory minimum age of 14 applies under the ILO Convention 138 in the country where the affected supplier maintains its business establishment.

As a Siemens supplier you are not allowed to

  • employ workers under the age of 15 or, in those countries subject to the developing country exception of the ILO Convention 138, to employ workers under the age of 14.

Health and Safety of Employees

You have your own minimum requirements for health and safety of your employees and during the supplier selection process you make sure that your suppliers are compliant with these minimum requirements.

This means that you as a supplier have to, for example:

  • take responsibility for the health and safety of employees

  • control hazards and take the best reasonably possible precautionary measures against accidents and occupational diseases.

Environmental Protection

The objective of environmental protection is to improve the market opportunities for our products and the esteem in which our customers and the public hold us, by increasing the environmental compatibility and ecological efficiency of the products themselves as well as the production processes. This can only be achieved in partnership with our suppliers. This means that you have to, for example, act in accordance with the applicable statutory and international standards regarding environmental protection.

Supply Chain

For us it is important that our suppliers are compliant with the principles of our Code of Conduct for Siemens Suppliers.

We expect our suppliers not only to comply with the Code of Conduct for Siemens Suppliers in their own organization but also to ensure in turn that their subcontractors adhere to the international standards summarized in the Code of Conduct for Siemens Suppliers.

Responsible Minerals Sourcing

Until the present day, trade in Responsible Minerals Sourcing has been affected by many violent conflicts. We have rolled out a uniform and enterprise-wide process to determine the use, source and origin of Responsible Minerals Sourcing in our supply chain. We work closely with our direct suppliers to support us in carrying out these steps.

  • to take reasonable efforts to avoid in its products the use of raw materials which directly or indirectly finance armed groups who violate human rights.

These principles are based on – among others – the UN Global Compact and the principles of the International Labor Organization but also reflect the Siemens "Business Conduct Guidelines".