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11-21-2013, 11:03 PM #1
Apple Executives Urge Employees to Review Company Code of Conduct
Apple executives recently sent out a companywide email to employees asking them to review Apple’s Business Conduct Policy according to a report from the folks over at 9to5Mac. The policy reportedly details how employees should behave both in and outside of the company while representing Apple, covering topics like personal investments, workplace relationships, and policies on public speaking, press inquiries and endorsements. The email included an iBooks version of the Business Conduct Policy and a video from Tim Cook which gave an inside look at the company values.
In another email sent by SVP and General Counsel Bruce Sewell, Apple reminds employees that its policies are based on core values of “honesty, respect, confidentiality, and the critical obligation of every Apple employee to adhere to legal principles like antitrust and anti-corruption laws.”
Although it’s unclear whether there was a particular incident that spurred the email and video to employees, Apple has had ongoing trouble with product and information leaks. Apple has been a secretive company and last year, Cook even promised to “double down” on secrecy when it came to products. Despite his efforts though, multiple Apple products in recent months have leaked early with prototype shells and parts for the iPad Air, the iPhone 5S, and the iPhone 5C appearing well ahead of their fall launches.
Those of you interested in reading the full email sent by Apple’s SVP and General Counsel Bruce Sewell can do so below:
I am writing to ask you to do something very important — set aside a little time to review Apple’s Business Conduct Policy. It explains in very clear terms how you are expected to conduct yourself with our customers, business partners, government agencies, and fellow employees. We expect every Apple employee to understand and comply with these rules.
The Policy is based on Apple’s core values of honesty, respect, confidentiality, and the critical obligation of every Apple employee to adhere to legal principles, like antitrust and anti-corruption laws. Living by it is how we earn the trust of our customers and partners and how we keep Apple a great place to work.
The Business Conduct group has developed a new version of the Policy in iBooks format. The book is convenient and engaging with galleries, video, audio and multi-touch widgets all designed to help you learn about Apple’s principles of business conduct. You can download the new book via Switchboard, or access a web-version here.
If you have questions, or information about conduct you think may violate the Policy, don’t be afraid to speak up. Talk to your manager, your HR representative, or contact the Business Conduct Helpline — which can be done anonymously.
Thank you in advance for treating this seriously and taking responsibility for demonstrating high integrity in every aspect of Apple’s business.
SVP and General Counsel
11-22-2013, 08:46 AM #2
hmmmm ... investigation for possible FCPA (bribery) violations?
just a shot in the dark, but the mention of anti-corruption, along with the invitation to report up, sounds like there may be strange things afoot at the Circle K.
11-22-2013, 11:31 AM #3
Corporations send out these reminders o review their code of conduct, ethics policies, etc. every year. They have to as part of the policy typically and to make external auditors happy.
How is this news? Because it's Apple?