Protecting our Assets

Our assets, including financial assets, physical assets, intellectual property and confidential information, must be secured and protected in order to preserve their value. We are all personally responsible for safeguarding and using our Company’s assets appropriately.

Company assets

Our Company’s assets are intended to be used only to advance our Company’s business purposes and goals. Company assets should be safeguarded and used for Company business only, except for limited personal use that does not interfere with our Company’s business and is otherwise in compliance with all applicable Company policies. This includes protection of our Company’s physical assets, such as office facilities, furniture, equipment and supplies, information systems and other technology assets, intellectual property rights and confidential information.

Information systems

Our Company’s information systems, including computers, voicemail, e-mail and internet access, are to be used for proper purposes in a manner consistent with the Code and all applicable Company policies.

Though some personal use of our information systems may be inevitable, such personal use should be kept to a reasonable minimum. Keep in mind that even personal data on Company information systems is subject to all Company policies. This means, for example, that Company information systems may not be used to send or forward content that breaches our policy against discrimination and harassment, or any other applicable policy, or for any purpose that is misleading, dishonest or otherwise improper.

It is generally not our intent to monitor internet usage or messages on our voicemail or e-mail systems. However, our Company reserves the right to do so in appropriate circumstances, where this is allowed by local law and in a manner consistent with applicable laws and regulations.

If you have access to Company information systems, you are responsible for taking the precautions necessary to prohibit unauthorized access to those systems, including protecting passwords and other means of entry.

Find out more: Contact your Compliance Officer or HR Representative.

Intellectual property

Our Company’s intellectual property rights are valuable assets and all employees are expected to protect them. We are also highly respectful of all intellectual property rights of others. Intellectual property includes, among other things, patents, trademarks and service marks, domain names, copyrights (including copyrights in software), design rights, database extraction rights, rights in know-how or other confidential information (sometimes called “trade secrets” or “proprietary information”) and rights under intellectual property agreements. You are required to understand and comply with all intellectual property laws applicable to your business activities. Any use of Company systems in violation of applicable intellectual property rights, such as the illegal or unauthorized duplication or distribution of copyrighted materials, is strictly prohibited.

Find out more: Contact your Compliance Officer or Legal Department.

Confidential information

It is your responsibility to maintain the confidentiality of all confidential information you receive or obtain access to in your capacity as an employee, officer or director of our Company. Confidential information includes, among other things, any nonpublic information concerning our Company, its operations, employees, financial condition or performance, prospects or information that may provide our Company with a competitive edge. Confidential information also includes any nonpublic information provided to us by a third party with the expectation that such information will be kept confidential and used solely for the purpose for which it was shared.

Company confidential information may not be disclosed to anyone unless such disclosure is properly authorized. You should use reasonable care to protect the confidentiality of all Company confidential information. When your employment or position with the Company ends, you must return all confidential information to our Company.

Confidential information of third parties is usually disclosed to our Company pursuant to nondisclosure agreements. These agreements generally restrict our disclosure and use of the subject confidential information. You are required to comply with these contractual provisions, in addition to the Code provisions, with respect to all third party confidential information in your possession or control. You may not disclose, or induce any other employee to disclose, any former employer’s confidential information.

Find out more: Contact your Compliance Officer or Legal Department.