Developing good working relationships with our customers, suppliers and business partners is important to our growth. Reasonable gifts and entertainment are courtesies that are at times exchanged to foster these relationships and build goodwill. However, providing gifts and entertainment can also create the perception that business decisions were made based on factors other than fair and objective business criteria. It is for this reason that we must exercise caution and be thoughtful when giving or receiving business gifts and entertainment.
We have a responsibility to make sure that any gift, entertainment or other benefit we give or receive is appropriate and consistent with company policies. Avoid all gifts, entertainment or benefits that might compromise or appear to compromise the objectivity of all involved parties. Gifts, entertainment or other benefits should never influence, or give the appearance of influencing, impartial decision-making.
As a general rule, you may give or receive gifts, entertainment or other benefits that meet all of the following criteria: