A Conflict of Interest arises when an employee’s private interest interferes or “conflicts” with his or her duties as an AKAS employee. AKAS acknowledges and respects its employees’ private interests and activities. However AKAS Group expects undivided loyalty from all its employees. Employees may not engage in activities which could conflict with AKAS’s business and could interfere with the employee’s assigned job responsibilities, which at all times must be performed in AKAS’s best interests. Employees may not use their position within AKAS, or AKAS’s information or assets, for personal gain or to improperly benefit others. To avoid risks associated with Conflicts of Interest, including the appearance of a Conflict of Interest, AKAS employees are required to disclose any real or potential Conflict of Interest to their supervisor or a designated department or committee which will address and resolve the conflict as necessary.
The property and propriety values essential to AKAS’s operations have been accumulated through the hard work and dedication of AKAS employees. All AKAS employees are expected to protect and preserve the company’s property and other valuable assets to ensure and promote our continuing success and the AKAS’s sustainable development.
If we have a need to disclose confidential information to our business partners we require them to keep such information confidential. All documents and other data media which include business or trade secrets shall be specially secured to protect against any unauthorized access. We protect the personal data of our employees against unauthorized disclosure. Our employee’s personal data is handled with special care and in compliance with all applicable regulations. We take heightened precautions to protect confidential and personal data with specific organizational and procedural measures to avoid unauthorized collection, use and processing.
AKAS acknowledges its responsibility for compliance and promotion of human rights and abides by core labour standards of the International Labour Organisation (ILO). AKAS considers cultural diversity a company asset. Diversity and equal opportunity are both a part of our philosophy and important elements of our success in the global marketplace. AKAS’s diverse workforce is one of our greatest assets thereby enhancing our worldwide reputation as an attractive employer. Our Staffing Policy is designed to attract and retain the most skilled candidates and our Employment Practices are designed to assure equal opportunity in compliance with law extending beyond legal compliance to create an environment that is considerate of all employees and customers wherever AKAS conducts business.
At a minimum we comply with all statutory and international standards regarding regulations for environmental protection. Beyond compliance with law, we respect the environment and use natural resources sparingly. We have combined environmental responsibility and the conservation of energy to produce world-class products.
Supervisors are responsible for ensuring that employees are properly trained in all safety procedures applicable to their roles. All employees are responsible for immediately reporting incidences of addictive substance abuse, intimidation, violence or harassment to their supervisor. Appropriate measures will be taken. By working together our work and health management systems guarantee our high standards.
The healthcare industry is highly regulated. Misconduct may lead to significant negative consequences. At AKAS, we avoid these by incorporating integrity and fair dealing into all our business activities. Every AKAS employee is responsible for avoiding corruption and may at no time offer, promise, pay, or authorize any improper value or accept unfair advantages (such as money, goods, or services) to obtain or retain an improper advantage when transacting company business. This applies to all business relationships, including business partners and all other third parties acting on our behalf. Third party requests for charitable donations, funds for educational programs or product donations will be granted only in accordance with any statutory provisions and the relevant AKAS policies. By this we ensure that all grants are independent of business pressure and are documented, transparent and comply with Fair Market Value. If we cannot do something fairly we will not do it at all.
We deal fairly with customers, competitors, patients, government authorities and employees. We promote free and fair competition fairly and transparently. We rely on the quality of our products and services and reject unfair or illegal market practices, in particular any collusion or appearance of collusion with business partners meant to affect free competition. As a global company, AKAS complies with the laws of each jurisdiction in which it does business as well as complying with international requirements. Some jurisdictions, as well as the United Nations, have enacted export and trade restrictions, including embargoes which we respect. AKAS is committed to combating organized crime and terrorist financing by only conducting business with legally compliant business partners.
Our products and services have been designed to help improve patient health and reduce patient suffering. Our products comply with all statutory and administrative requirements as well as with our own internal safety and quality guidelines. We continuously monitor our product processes in accordance with law and internal policies and procedures. Our customers can rely on the safety, reliability and high quality of our products. Consumer satisfaction is the basis for our sustainable business success. In order to maintain the trust of our customers and promote patient safety and satisfaction, all AKAS employees are dedicated to product and service quality. AKAS implements appropriate safeguards to ensure compliance with all quality regulations and that all complaints are recorded and dealt with in a timely manner.
For our employees, “Sharing Expertise” means contributing and constantly developing their own expertise and our company’s expertise. Through ongoing interaction with external business partners we are able to recognize the needs of the medical community and work with doctors and other healthcare professionals to improve patients' quality of life.
The Management at AKAS is responsible for establishing, maintaining and continually improving a local Compliance Program, in accordance with company requirements and any local jurisdictional rules and regulations applicable to them.
The Compliance Program should include a local Compliance Committee, the appointment of a Compliance Officer, dissemination and training on this Code of Conduct, continuous monitoring of the company’s compliance status, regular and periodic written status reports, and the creation of reporting channels to encourage employees to report any suspected violations of the Code of Conduct or suspected violations of law.
We operate in a highly regulated industry that requires strict compliance with laws, rules, standards and regulations that can be complex. This Code provides guidance to avoid violations while conducting business fairly and in compliance with law. Non-compliance may result in reputational damage and significant penalties for the employee and the company.
To ensure compliance, employees are required to report any suspected violations of the Code of Conduct or the law. Appropriate communication channels have been established which are managed by the Compliance Officers. All reports of suspected non-compliance will be investigated appropriately and corrective action will be taken as required. AKAS prohibits any retaliation against an employee for reporting a violation or suspected violation in good faith.