Supplier Code of Business Ethics - Smiths Group plc

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The Smiths Supplier Code of Business Ethics

Introduction

As a global company, Smiths Group interfaces with customers, shareholders and suppliers all over the world. These stakeholders, together with other organisations and individuals with which our businesses interact, take a close interest in what we do.Their opinions about Smiths are influenced by our actions and the actions of those who act with us or on our behalf.  A good reputation is not just important to Smiths, it is essential to our ongoing success. A key determinant of this reputation is how we all behave, both as individuals and collectively.

In a complex world, it is impractical to set specific rules and regulations to cover every situation.  Instead, we have a Code of Business Ethics that seeks to offer clear standards and guidance for the business dealings of every employee. We have adopted a similar set of minimum standards for the ethical behaviour of our Suppliers.

Our Supplier Code of Business Ethics applies to all Suppliers and their employees, agents, suppliers and others working on their behalf worldwide (collectively referred to here as Suppliers). It sets our minimum standards for their behaviour. Compliance with this Supplier Code helps to sustain and enhance the good reputation of both our Suppliers and Smiths and contributes to long term value creation for our shareholders.

Our objective is not only to protect the reputation of our Company and to safeguard the investment of our shareholders, but also to protect the larger interests of Smiths by ensuring legal and regulatory compliance and responsible behaviour.

The Board and senior executive management of Smiths endorse and support the Smiths Code of Business Ethics and this Supplier Code of Business Ethics. They are both available on the internet at http://www.smiths.com/responsibility-code-of-business-ethics.aspx and on Smiths intranet. We expect all Suppliers to adopt this Code or their unique Code if it meets the minimum standards set out below. We also expect them to participate in appropriate training regarding these minimum standards.

In conclusion, it is vitally import