CODE OF ETHICAL CONDUCT

Our Code of Ethical Conduct

All participants or associates of Evergreen Courier are expected to abide by our Code of Ethical Conduct, both online and in-person during deliveries, work or any events that are hosted and/or in any way associated with Evergreen Courier 

 

The Pledge

In the interest of fostering an open and welcoming environment, we pledge to make participation in our company, projects, contracts and our community a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of age, body size, disability, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, level of experience, nationality, personal appearance, race, religion, or sexual identity and orientation. 

 

The Standards 

Examples of behavior that contributes to creating a positive environment include:

 

  • Using welcoming and inclusive language 

  • Being respectful of differing viewpoints and experiences 

  • Gracefully accepting constructive criticism 

  • Referring to people by their preferred pronouns and using gender-neutral pronouns when uncertain 

 

Examples of unacceptable behavior by participants include: 

 

  • Trolling, insulting/derogatory comments, public or private harassment 

  • Publishing others' private information, such as a physical or electronic address, without explicit permission 

  • Not being respectful to reasonable communication boundaries, such as 'leave me alone,' 'go away,' or 'I’m not discussing this with you.' 

  • The usage of sexualized language or imagery and unwelcome sexual attention or advances 

  • Swearing, usage of strong or disturbing language 

  • Demonstrating the graphics or any other content you know may be considered disturbing 

  • Starting and/or participating in arguments related to politics 

  • Assuming or promoting any kind of inequality including but not limited to: age, body size, disability, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, nationality and race, personal appearance, religion, or sexual identity and orientation 

  • Drug promotion of any kind 

  • Attacking personal tastes 

  • Other conduct which you know could reasonably be considered inappropriate in a professional setting. 

Our Company requires that all members and vendors must analyze their network and supply chain to adhere to our supply chain assurances.

Supply Chain Ethical Assurances: 

  • Safe and hygienic working conditions.

  • Appropriate pay and working hours.

  • Freedom of employment and association.

  • The eradication of child labor.

  • Zero Tolerance for worker exploitation.

  • Humane and non-discriminatory treatment.

  • Anti-bribery and corruption.

  • Environmental awareness.

 

 

Enforcement 

Violations of the Code of Ethical Conduct may be reported by sending an email to info@evergreencourier.net. All reports will be reviewed and investigated and will result in a response that is deemed necessary and appropriate to the circumstances. Further details of specific enforcement policies may be posted separately. 

 

We hold the right and responsibility to remove comments or other contributions that are not aligned to this Code of Ethical Conduct, or to ban temporarily or permanently any members for other behaviors that they deem inappropriate, threatening, offensive, or harmful. 

Anti-Corruption Policy

Contents

What does our policy cover? ...........................................................................................................3

Policy  statement ...........................................................................................................................3

Who is covered by the policy? ................................................................................................3-4

Definition of bribery ..................................................................................................................4

What is and what is not acceptable .......................................................................................4-6  

Gifts and hospitality ...............................................................................................4-5  

Facilitation payments and kickbacks .......................................................................5-6  

Political contributions ..................................................................................................6  

Charitable contributions ..................................................................................................6   

Employee responsibilities   ...........................................................................................................6

What happens if I need to raise a concern ................................................................................ 7-8   

How to raise a concern ...........................................................................................7  

What to do if you are a victim of bribery or corruption ......................................................................7  

Protection .......................................................................................................7-8   

Training and communication ...........................................................................................................8

Record keeping ...........................................................................................................................8

Monitoring and reviewing    ...........................................................................................................8   

 

1. What does our policy cover? 

 

1.1 This anti-bribery policy exists to set out the responsibilities of Evergreen Courier and those who work for us in regard to observing and upholding our zero-tolerance position on bribery and corruption. 

 

1.2 It also exists to act as a source of information and guidance for those working for Evergreen Courier. It helps them recognize and deal with bribery and corruption issues, as well as understand their responsibilities.    

 

2. Policy statement  

 

2.1 Evergreen Courier is committed to conducting business in an ethical and honest manner and is committed to implementing and enforcing systems that ensure bribery is prevented. Evergreen Courier has zero-tolerance for bribery and corrupt activities. We are committed to acting professionally, fairly, and with integrity in all business dealings and relationships, wherever in the country we operate.  

 

2.2 Evergreen Courier will constantly uphold all laws relating to anti-bribery and corruption in all the jurisdictions in which we operate. We are bound by the laws of the US,

 

2.3 Evergreen Courier recognizes that bribery and corruption are punishable by up to ten years of imprisonment and a fine. If our company is discovered to have taken part in corrupt activities, we may be subjected to an unlimited fine, be excluded from tendering for public contracts, and face serious damage to our reputation. It is with this in mind that we commit to preventing bribery and corruption in our business and take our legal responsibilities seriously.   

 

Who is covered by the policy? 

This anti-bribery policy applies to all Employees (whether temporary, fixed-term, or permanent), consultants, contractors, trainees, seconded staff, home workers, casual workers, agency staff, volunteers, interns, agents, sponsors, or any other person or persons associated with us (including third parties), or any of our subsidiaries or their Employees or Contractors, no matter where they are located (within or outside of the US). The policy also applies to Officers, Trustees, Board, and/or Committee members at any level. In the context of this policy, third-party refers to any individual or organization our company meets and works with. It refers to actual and potential clients, customers, suppliers, distributors, business contacts, agents, advisers, and government and public bodies – this includes their advisors, representatives and officials, politicians, and public parties. Any arrangements our company makes with a third party is subject to clear contractual terms, including specific provisions that require the third party to comply with minimum standards and procedures relating to anti-bribery and corruption.   

 

4. Definition of bribery  

 

4.1 Bribery refers to the act of offering, giving, promising, asking, agreeing, receiving, accepting, or soliciting something of value or of an advantage so to induce or influence an action or decision.  

 

4.2 A bribe refers to any inducement, reward, or object/item of value offered to another individual in order to gain commercial, contractual, regulatory, or personal advantage.    

 

4.3 Bribery is not limited to the act of offering a bribe. If an individual is on the receiving end of a bribe and they accept it, they are also breaking the law.    

 

4.4 Bribery is illegal. Employees or Contractors must not engage in any form of bribery, whether it be directly, passively (as described above), or through a third party (such as an agent or distributor). They must not bribe a foreign public official anywhere in the world. They must not accept bribes in any degree and if they are uncertain about whether something is a bribe or a gift or act of hospitality, they must seek further advice from the company’s compliance manager.

 

5. What is and what is NOT acceptable  

 

5.1 This section of the policy refers to 4 areas: Gifts and hospitality.   Facilitation payments. Political contributions. Charitable contributions.    

 

5.2 Gifts and hospitality Evergreen Courier accepts normal and appropriate gestures of hospitality and goodwill (whether given to/received from third parties) so long as the giving or receiving of gifts meets the following requirements: 

It is not made with the intention of influencing the party to whom it is being given, to obtain or reward the retention of a business or a business advantage, or as an explicit or implicit exchange for favors or benefits.    

It is not made with the suggestion that a return favor is expected. 

It is in compliance with local law.  

It is given in the name of the company, not in an individual’s name.  

It does not include cash or a cash equivalent (e.g.a voucher or gift certificate).  

It is appropriate for the circumstances (e.g.giving small gifts around Christmas or as a small thank you to a company for helping with a large project upon completion).  

It is of an appropriate type and value and given at an appropriate time, taking into account the reason for the gift.    

It is given/received openly, not secretly.    

It is not selectively given to a key, influential person, clearly with the intention of directly influencing them.    

It is not above a certain excessive value, as pre-determined by the company’s compliance manager (usually in excess of $100).    

It is not offer to, or accepted from, a government official or representative or politician or political party, without the prior approval of the company’s compliance manager. Where it is inappropriate to decline the offer of a gift (i.e. when meeting with an individual of a certain religion/culture who may take offense), the gift may be accepted so long as it is declared to the compliance manager, who with assess the circumstances.

 

Evergreen Courier recognizes that the practice of giving and receiving business gifts varies between countries, regions, cultures, and religions, so definitions of what is acceptable and not acceptable will inevitably differ for each.  As good practice, gifts given and received should always be disclosed to the compliance manager. Gifts from suppliers should always be disclosed The intention behind a gift being given/received should always be considered. If there is any uncertainty, the advice of the compliance manager should be sought.  

 

5.7 Facilitation Payments and Kickbacks  Evergreen Courier does not accept and will not make any form of facilitation payments of any nature. We recognize that facilitation payments are a form of bribery that involves expediting or facilitating the performance of a public official for a routine governmental action. We recognize that they tend to be made by low level officials with the intention of securing or speeding up the performance of a certain duty or action.    

 

5.8 Evergreen Courier does not allow kickbacks to be made or accepted. We recognize that kickbacks are typically made in exchange for a business favor or advantage.    

 

5.9 Evergreen Courier recognizes that, despite our strict policy on facilitation payments and kickbacks, Employees or Contractors may face a situation where avoiding a facilitation payment or kickback may put their/their family’s personal security at risk. Under these circumstances, the following steps must be taken: Keep any amount to the minimum.  Ask for a receipt, detailing the amount and reason for the payment. Create a record concerning the payment. Report this incident to your line manager.  

 

5.10 Political Contributions  Evergreen Courier will not make donations, whether in cash, kind, or by any other means, to support any political parties or candidates. We recognize this may be perceived as an attempt to gain an improper business advantage. 

 

5.11 Charitable Contributions  Evergreen Courier accepts (and indeed encourages) the act of donating to charities – whether through services, knowledge, time, or direct financial contributions (cash or otherwise) – and agrees to disclose all charitable contributions it makes.  

 

5.12 Employees or Contractors must be careful to ensure that charitable contributions are not used to facilitate and conceal acts of bribery.   

 

 5.13 We will ensure that all charitable donations made are legal and ethical under local laws and practices, and that donations are not offered/made without the approval of the compliance manager.   

 

6. Employee Responsibilities 

 

6.1 As an employee of Evergreen Courier or a contractor, you must ensure that you read, understand, and comply with the information contained within this policy, and with any training or other anti-bribery and corruption information you are given.   

 

6.2 All Employees or Contractors and those under our control are equally responsible for the prevention, detection, and reporting of bribery and other forms of corruption. They are required to avoid any activities that could lead to, or imply, a breach of this anti-bribery policy.    

 

6.3 If you have reason to believe or suspect that an instance of bribery or corruption has occurred or will occur in the future that breaches this policy, you must notify the compliance manager.   

 

6.4 If any employee breaches this policy, they will face disciplinary action and could face dismissal for gross misconduct. Evergreen Courier  has the right to terminate a contractual relationship with an employee if they breach this anti-bribery policy.   

 

What happens if I need to raise a concern?   

 

7.1 This section of the policy covers 3 areas:   How to raise a concern. What to do if you are a victim of bribery or corruption. Protection.  

 

7.2 How to raise a concern If you suspect that there is an instance of bribery or corrupt activities occurring in relation to  Evergreen Courier, you are encouraged to raise your concerns at as early a stage as possible. If you’re uncertain about whether a certain action or behavior can be considered bribery or corruption, you should speak to your line manager, the compliance manager, the director, or the Head of Governance and Legal.    

 

7.3 Evergreen Courier will familiarize all Employees or Contractors with its whistle-blowing procedures so Employees or Contractors can vocalize their concerns swiftly and confidentially.  

 

7.4 What to do if you are a victim of bribery or corruption You must tell your compliance manager as soon as possible if you are offered a bribe by anyone, if you are asked to make one, if you suspect that you may be bribed or asked to make a bribe in the near future, or if you have reason to believe that you are a victim of another corrupt activity.   

 

7.5 Protection If you refuse to accept or offer a bribe or you report a concern relating to potential act(s) of bribery or corruption, Evergreen Courier understands that you may feel worried about potential repercussions. Evergreen Courier will support anyone who raises concerns in good faith under this policy, even if investigation finds that they were mistaken.     

 

7.6 Evergreen Courier will ensure that no one suffers any detrimental treatment as a result of refusing to accept or offer a bribe or other corrupt activities or because they reported a concern relating to potential act(s) of bribery or corruption.   

 

 7.7 Detrimental treatment refers to dismissal, disciplinary action, treats, or unfavorable treatment in relation to the concern the individual raised.    

 

7.8 If you have reason to believe you’ve been subjected to unjust treatment as a result of a concern or refusal to accept a bribe, you should inform your line manager or the compliance manager immediately.   

 

8.Training and Communication 

 

 8.1 Evergreen Courier will provide training on this policy as part of the induction process for all new Employees or Contractors. Employees or Contractors will also receive regular, relevant training on how to adhere to this policy, and will be asked annually to formally accept that they will comply with this policy.  

 

8.2 Evergreen Courier’s anti-bribery and corruption policy and zero-tolerance attitude will be clearly communicated to all suppliers, contractors, business partners, and any third-parties at the outset of business relations, and as appropriate thereafter.   

 

 8.3 Evergreen Courier will provide relevant anti-bribery and corruption training to Employees or Contractors etc. where we feel their knowledge of how to comply with the Bribery Act needs to be enhanced. As good practice, all businesses should provide their Employees or Contractors with anti-bribery training where there is a potential risk of facing bribery or corruption during work activities.     

 

9. Record keeping  

 

9.1 Evergreen Courier will keep detailed and accurate financial records, and will have appropriate internal controls in place to act as evidence for all payments made. We will declare and keep a written record of the amount and reason for hospitality or gifts accepted and given, and understand that gifts and acts of hospitality are subject to managerial review. 

 

10. Monitoring and reviewing  

 

10.1 Evergreen Courier’s compliance manager is responsible for monitoring the effectiveness of this policy and will review the implementation of it on a regular basis. They will assess its suitability, adequacy, and effectiveness.   

 

10.2 Internal control systems and procedures designed to prevent bribery and corruption are subject to regular audits to ensure that they are effective in practice.    

 

10.3  Any need for improvements will be applied as soon as possible. Employees or Contractors are encouraged to offer their feedback on this policy if they have any suggestions for how it may be improved. Feedback of this nature should be addressed to the HR Compliance Manager.   

 10.4 This policy does not form part of an employee’s contract of employment and     Evergreen Courier may amend it at any time so to improve its effectiveness at combatting bribery and corruption. 

For more information or to make a report contact hr@evergreencourier.net