Code of Business Conduct and Ethics
- Provide practical advice about how to approach certain situations;
- Include links to help you access further information; and
- Advise you on where to get help.
However, the Code does not address every possible scenario, and cannot substitute a reasoned and responsible approach to issues you face. You must exercise good judgment, and make the right decision given SPS’s policies and the laws relevant to your role and local work area.
- Am I adhering to the spirit, as well as the letter, of any law, SPS’s values, or the Code?
- What would my family, friends, or neighbors think of my actions if they were reported on the front page of a newspaper?
- How will my decision stand up over time?
Every director, employee, officer, contractor, consultant, and business partner must read through the Code and apply its principles when fulfilling their roles. If you have any questions about how the Code applies to your job, or concerns about how your actions will comply with the Code, contact your manager, the Chief Financial Officer, or the General Counsel.
Actions which are contrary to the Code could subject you or SPS to civil liability, and even criminal prosecution. As a result, SPS takes all reported violations seriously, and will conduct a prompt and thorough investigation after any violation is reported.
SPS believes its most valuable assets are the people who work together to make SPS successful. SPS is committed to providing a safe and inclusive environment for our employees, contractors, and consultants, so that we can succeed together.
This means that we must not make any employment-related decisions based upon a person’s race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, veteran status, marital status, or any other basis protected by law. SPS is committed to ensuring that all employment related decisions are based upon relevant qualifications, merit, performance, and other job-related factors.
If you experience or become aware of any act of discrimination or harassment, please report it. You will not face retaliation for making a good faith report.
We need to ensure a safe and healthy environment for each other. Following all safety laws and procedures, reporting to work free from the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol, and immediately reporting any unsafe conditions or activities are steps we must take to foster a safe environment.
Finally we may not access our coworkers’ sensitive or personal information without specific authorization based on a businessrelated need. If you have access to this information due to the nature of your job, take care to safeguard and use it only to the extent necessary to do your work and in accordance with the law.
Finally, our reputation and image are extremely valuable company assets, but very easily damaged. The public perception of SPS ultimately impacts our relationships with our customers, partners, and stockholders. Protect our reputation by always using sound business judgment.
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