These Principles of Conduct apply to all ITW employees, directors, businesses and subsidiaries around the world.
Every ITW employee and director is expected to behave in accordance with these Principles. Violation may result in disciplinary action, including termination of employment.
Employees should discuss any questions regarding the ITW Principles of Conduct with their manager or the ITW Legal Department. (See “Implementation” section below.)
PRINCIPLE 1:Avoid all conflicts of interest
ITW’s employees and directors must avoid any activity that might create a conflict of interest or create a perception of a conflict of interest. A conflict of interest occurs when an employee or director is, for any reason, in a position where his or her conduct could be (or appear to be) influenced by some factor other than concern solely for the best interests of ITW. This could include employees, directors or their family members receiving gifts of more than a minimal value from someone working for a supplier, customer or competitor. It could also include an employee or director having a financial or other interest in a supplier, customer or competitor either directly or indirectly through a family member. (An investment of under 1% of the outstanding securities of a public company is not considered a conflict of interest.)
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PRINCIPLE 2: Protect and properly use ITW's assets
Employees and directors should protect ITW’s assets and ensure their efficient use. All ITW assets should be used for legitimate business purposes.
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PRINCIPLE 3:Make no improper payments or gifts
Improper payments or gifts include anything of more than a minimal value given to any person, firm or organization, whether associated with a customer, supplier, competitor, government or otherwise, to obtain improper preferential treatment for either ITW or the employee or director. Examples include bribes, payoffs, kickbacks, gifts with more than a minimal value and payments for goods or services that either are not received or are at a greater price than is reasonably necessary. For additional information, see the ITW Global Anti-Corruption Policy.
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PRINCIPLE 4:Do not use ITW assets or funds for political contributions
The legal restrictions governing contributions to candidates for public office and causes differ around the world. In the United States and some other countries, employees and directors may make personal donations, but they cannot receive any type of reimbursement from ITW.
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PRINCIPLE 5:Do not use corporate opportunities for personal benefit
Employees and directors are prohibited from taking for themselves opportunities that properly belong to ITW or are discovered through the use of corporate property, information or position; from using corporate property, information or position for personal gain; and from competing with ITW. Employees and directors owe a duty to ITW to advance ITW’s legitimate interests when the opportunity to do so arises.
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PRINCIPLE 6:Comply with all applicable laws
It is ITW’s policy to comply with all applicable laws, rules and regulations. ITW exists within a complex framework of local, national and international laws. Violations of these laws can be extremely costly to ITW, damage our reputation and subject the company or the employee or director to criminal or civil penalties. Virtually every aspect of our business requires knowledge of some particular area of law, and the extent of knowledge needed by an employee or director will vary greatly from individual to individual. You are required to familiarize yourself with all of the laws and regulations that apply in the areas of your responsibilities. Certain laws demand the special attention of all employees and directors. These include:
- ANTI-CORRUPTION LAWS – ITW must comply with a wide variety of anti-corruption laws, which prohibit bribery and similar improper payments. Violations of these laws may result in civil and criminal penalties against ITW and its employees and directors. For additional information, see the ITW Global Anti-Corruption Policy.
- ENVIRONMENTAL, HEALTH AND SAFETY LAWS – These laws specify standards and procedures that should be followed to protect employee well-being and public safety. For example, if you work in an area where toxic materials are handled, you should be familiar with applicable regulations for the treatment and disposal of these substances, as well as with ITW’s written internal procedures.
- SECURITIES LAWS – These laws require that accurate information be given to the public and prohibit employees and directors from misusing information that is not available to the public. For example, it is illegal for any employee or director to buy or sell ITW stock while in possession of material, non-public information about ITW. All such information should be kept strictly confidential.
- EMPLOYMENT LAWS – ITW is committed to equal employment opportunity and fair treatment for employees, beginning with the hiring process and continuing through all aspects of the employment relationship. ITW is an equal opportunity employer and our global businesses comply with all applicable employment laws, including minimum age and wage and hour laws. ITW will not discriminate in any employment decision because of a person’s race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law. ITW prohibits the unlawful harassment of its employees and recognizes employee freedom of association and the right to bargain collectively, or to refrain from such. ITW will not knowingly do business with suppliers who violate their nation’s employment laws.
- ANTITRUST LAWS – Although this is a complex area, as a general rule, most forms of agreement or understanding with competitors, as well as various types of price discrimination between competing customers, are unlawful. If your activities cause you to confront these issues, you must familiarize yourself with the antitrust laws, and you should seek guidance on such issues from management and from the ITW Legal Department.
- INTERNATIONAL TRADE LAWS – If you are involved in international trade, you must be familiar with a range of export-import controls, customs duties and trade sanction laws which apply to your business and products, including the U.S. Anti-Boycott Act.
- INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS – ITW respects the intellectual property rights of others, including their valid patents, trademarks and copyrights. In particular, copyright laws prohibit the reproduction of print or electronic publications, including television or radio broadcasts, photographs, manuals, databases, sound recordings and webpages. Except for archival purposes, the copying of licensed software without the authorization of the copyright owner is prohibited.
If you have questions in any of these areas, please contact the ITW Legal Department.
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PRINCIPLE 7:Be fair to ITW and to ITW’s employees, customers, suppliers and competitors
Each employee and director is expected to deal fairly with ITW’s employees, customers, suppliers and competitors. No one should take unfair advantage of anyone else through manipulation, concealment, abuse, misrepresentation of material facts or any other unfair dealing.
Fairness to others includes respect for their property and self-esteem, as well as their contributions to the overall success of ITW. Fairness to the company includes:
- proper use of ITW funds, equipment or other property, such as company vehicles and technology resources like computers and mobile phones (e.g., do not use company devices to misuse the internet);
- safeguarding trade secrets of ITW and its customers, suppliers and business partners;
- creating and maintaining accurate financial books and records, including promptly and accurately answering inquiries by persons responsible for preparing ITW’s public disclosure documents;
- complying with internal controls and procedures ; and
- avoiding conduct that interferes with performing your job duties to the best of your ability.
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PRINCIPLE 8:Maintain confidentiality
Employees and directors must protect the Confidential Information entrusted to them by ITW, its customers or suppliers. Confidential Information may only be used and disclosed as authorized by ITW.
Confidential Information includes any proprietary business information of ITW, its customers or suppliers that is not generally known to the public. Examples include:
- trade secrets, customer and supplier lists, pricing, margins, business and marketing plans and strategy, technical know-how, formulae, processes, designs, leadership and talent development;
- ITW’s 80/20 business model, methodology and implementation processes;
- information which is generated or used in the operations of ITW and relates to the actual or anticipated business of ITW or ITW’s actual or prospective suppliers or customers;
- information which results from any task assigned to an ITW employee or work performed by such person on behalf of ITW or any customer of ITW, and relates to the actual or anticipated business of ITW or ITW’s actual or prospective suppliers or customers; and
- other proprietary business information that might provide a business advantage to ITW, its customers or suppliers, or a business disadvantage to them if disclosed.
- Confidential Information can be in hard copy or electronic format and can also include information received verbally. These obligations to protect Confidential Information continue after your employment with ITW ends. In addition, when you leave ITW, you must return or destroy all Confidential Information in your possession.
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If you have any questions or concerns regarding ITW Principles of Conduct, you should discuss the matter with your manager.
If you believe that a violation of the law or ITW’s Principles of Conduct has occurred, or may be going to occur, tell your manager immediately. However, if you are uncomfortable discussing the matter with your manager, or his or her response is not adequate, you may also contact MaryAnn Spiegel, ITW’s Deputy General Counsel – Ethics & Compliance, at +1-224-661-7789 (MSpiegel@ITW.com) or the ITW Confidential Helpline. If you have concerns regarding questionable accounting or auditing matters, you may also contact Christine Gallagher, ITW’s Vice President, Chief Audit Executive, at +1-224-661-7868 (CGallagher@ITW.com). You may also contact MaryAnn Spiegel or Christine Gallagher by mail at Illinois Tool Works Inc., 155 Harlem Ave., Glenview, Illinois 60025, USA.
You may submit such concerns anonymously if you prefer. However, keep in mind that the more information you provide, the easier it will be for ITW to investigate and appropriately respond to your concern. To the greatest extent practicable, all inquiries will be handled confidentially. ITW will not tolerate retaliation against anyone who expresses a concern or reports a suspected violation in good faith.
Waivers of ITW’s Principles of Conduct for executive officers or directors may only be made by ITW’s Board of Directors or by a Board Committee.
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I have received and read the Illinois Tool Works Inc. Statement of Principles of Conduct and I agree to comply with it and to promptly report any questions or concerns as explained in the “Implementation” section.
Except as explained below, to the best of my knowledge, neither I, nor a member of my immediate family is engaged in any activities which may be regarded to conflict with the best interests of ITW. (Even if you have disclosed in previous years, continue to disclose as long as the possible conflict exists.)
Except as explained below, I am not aware of any possible violation of these principles (either by me or any other employee or director of ITW, its businesses or subsidiaries) that has not already been reported by me in a prior certification.
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