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Code of Business Conduct

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CODE OF BUSINESS CONDUCT

The success of Winpak has been built on the Company's Corporate Values, which guide its commitment to customers, employees, shareholders and local communities.

Winpak’s Corporate Values continue to be the foundation for our success. The Company's outstanding reputation will be defended by strict adherence to the Corporate Values and Code of Business Conduct. Winpak will comply with all applicable laws and regulations, follow a set of moral principles and conduct business with integrity and respect for others.

The Code of Business Conduct (Code) summarizes Winpak's Corporate Values and details the standards of business conduct expected of all employees, Board members and others associated with Winpak.

All Winpak employees are expected to understand the Code and to conduct their daily business activities in accordance with the standards summarized by the Code. The Code does not cover all legal or ethical situations that might be encountered in the course of business, and therefore this Code must be used together with common sense, good judgment and reference to procedures set out in Winpak's Policies and Procedures Manual. Winpak's reputation and future success depends upon a work environment that fosters integrity and sound business ethics.

Ethics and Compliance Policy 

Winpak's policy is to be socially responsible, highly principled and to conduct business in a most ethical manner. Winpak will be a trustworthy employer, business partner and good corporate citizen with undeniable integrity.
 
Winpak expects employees to understand and comply with laws, regulations and Company policies applicable to their job responsibilities and to adhere to the guiding principles outlined in this Code. Acts inconsistent with the law and this Code must be promptly corrected and are subject to disciplinary action up to, and including, termination of employment.
 
Any employee that has concerns or is unsure about potentially illegal or unethical acts should consult a senior management employee or submit a confidential, anonymous report through the Company's independent service provider. Winpak will ensure that there will be no adverse work-related consequences as a result of an employee identifying a violation of the law or this Code.

Corporate Values 

Winpak’s Corporate Values are fundamental to the success of the Company and are displayed for all employees to view, understand and appreciate. 

The thrust of our endeavors will be to constantly strive for excellence. With this as our commitment, we will: 

 P lace priority on delivering quality goods and services to our internal and external customers.  

 R egard employees as our most valued resource and treat them with dignity and respect.

 I nsist on the achievement of long-term profit growth to ensure the prosperity and well-being of our employees, shareholders and customers.

 D emonstrate, as a corporate member of the community, a deep concern for ethics, safety, health, and the environment.  

 E nsure an atmosphere that encourages teamwork, participation and personal growth.

Conflicts of Interest 

Employees and Board members must avoid financial, business or other relationships that might be opposed to Winpak's interests or might cause a conflict with the performance of their duties. All employees shall conduct themselves in a manner that avoids even the appearance of conflict between their personal interests and those of Winpak. Examples of situations to avoid include: 

  • Travel, entertainment and gifts (other than gifts of$50.00 or less) from suppliers or potential suppliers.
  • Serving as a director, officer, partner, employee, consultant, or in any other key role in an organization, which does or seeks to do business with Winpak, or is a competitor or customer of Winpak. Serving on the Board of Directors of an organization other than the foregoing may be a conflict and therefore requires the advance approval of the Board of Directors. Helping the community by serving on Boards of non-profit organizations is however encouraged and does not require prior approval. 
  • Any interest (other than nominal shares in publicly-traded companies) in any supplier, customer or competitor of Winpak.
Employees
Winpak is committed to equity in all employment practices and policies. Winpak recruits, develops, rewards and retains employees based on merit, ability and performance. The Company conducts business in a manner that creates a desirable environment for employees and in doing so Winpak will:
  • Strive to maintain a work environment in which the personal integrity of all individuals is respected by Winpak and all fellow employees.
  • Ensure that a high level of health and safety performance is an integral element of operational excellence.
  • Prohibit discrimination, intimidation or harassment based on race, gender, or religious beliefs or any other personal characteristic protected by law and treat any cases reported seriously, confidentially and with sensitivity.
Winpak employees are encouraged to review policies and procedures relating to sexual harassment and other employee matters.

Environment, Health and Safety

Protecting people and the environment is essential to all actions and decisions at Winpak. Each employee has the responsibility to ensure products and operations meet both Winpak standards and applicable government regulations. Winpak's goal is to eliminate injuries, prevent adverse environmental and health impacts, reduce waste and emissions, and promote resource conservation at every stage in the production process. 

Winpak employees are expected to be alert to environmental and safety issues, and to be familiar with the Company's policies and government regulations applicable to their area of responsibility. Employee concerns regarding environmental and safety matters should be reported immediately to the Environmental Committee or the Health and Safety Committee at the employee's respective location.

Customers 

Long-term customer relationships are critical to the ongoing success of Winpak. We will provide products and services at competitive prices that meet or exceed customers' expectations for quality, integrity and reliability, and will satisfy requirements for on-time deliveries. Winpak will market products and services vigorously and with honesty based on a proven track record in the marketplace. 

Winpak believes the customer is best served by true and fair economic competition. Consequently, employees are forbidden to engage in practices that are generally acknowledged to violate antitrust and competition laws. There will be no discussions with competitors regarding prices or terms of sale or any other customer matters that could be construed as a violation of antitrust and competition laws. Any discussion or presentation regarding competitors' products or capabilities will be fact-based and negative competitor portrayals will be avoided.

Suppliers 

The high caliber of materials and services provided to Winpak is a direct link to the Company's success as a reliable, quality supplier to customers. Winpak will strive to build long-term relationships with suppliers based on their ability to meet the Company's needs, their reputation for service, integrity and compliance, their high standards for quality and delivery and their price structures. 

In the process of choosing a supplier, Winpak will provide the same information and instructions to each competing supplier. Instructions and established deadlines for submissions will not change and suppliers will be satisfied that Winpak established a level playing field.

Winpak's technical and purchasing personnel will be receptive to new ideas, techniques, materials and services and will make reasonable efforts to evaluate and consider the offerings.

Winpak will not be influenced by gifts or favors of any kind from suppliers or potential suppliers. Winpak discourages suppliers and potential suppliers from offering gifts and favors to Winpak employees. Gifts of nominal value are permitted provided they are given as a gesture of professional friendship. In most cases, such gifts will be donated as a prize at an employee function. An occasional meal or entertainment in the normal course of business relations is acceptable provided such hospitality is not excessive or unusual in nature.

Company Assets 

Employees and Board members are responsible for the proper use, protection and maintenance of all Company assets including confidential information and intellectual property (i.e. patents, trademarks, registered designs, etc.). These assets may only be used in relation to Winpak's business objectives and confidential information will not be disclosed to anyone not authorized to receive such confidential information.

Financial Integrity

Winpak's accounting records are relied upon to produce reports for management, directors, shareholders, interested investors, creditors, governmental agencies and others. The information generated from the accounting records must be true and accurate and in accordance with the requirements of all governing bodies and generally accepted accounting principles.

Employees have the responsibility to ensure that false or intentionally misleading entries are not made in the accounting records. Winpak will not permit intentional misclassification of transactions as to accounts, departments or accounting periods. All transactions will be supported by accurate documentation in reasonable detail and recorded in the proper account and in the proper accounting period.