Governance

At Knowles, our commitment to maintaining the highest ethical standards for our customers, suppliers, employees, shareholders and the communities in which we operate, is carried out in everything we do. In accordance with the Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition and applicable laws in each country where we operate, including the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the U.K. Bribery Act and other countries’ anti-corruption laws, we strive to ensure that working conditions are safe, our employees are treated with respect and dignity, and business operations are environmentally responsible. We maintain a zero tolerance policy in cases of corruption, discrimination and harassment, and violation of anti-corruption laws and labor laws. We require compliance with all applicable laws everywhere we operate.

Our commitment to operating with honesty and integrity is carried out every day through our relationships with our customers, suppliers, employees, shareholders and the communities in which we operate. These standards reaffirm our commitment to our core values: a collaborative entrepreneurial spirit, the highest ethical standards, openness and trust, winning through customers, an expectation for results, and mutual respect and appreciation for all people.

CODE OF BUSINESS CONDUCT AND ETHICS 

FEDERAL SUPPLEMENT TO CODE OF BUSINESS CONDUCT AND ETHICS

SUPPLIER CODE OF CONDUCT

CODE OF ETHICS FOR CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER AND SENIOR FINANCIAL OFFICERS

ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLIANCE INITIATIVES

Complience

It has been Knowles’ long-standing policy to maintain the highest ethical standards in the conduct of its affairs and in its relationships with customers, suppliers, employees and the communities in which Knowles’ operations are located. Knowles maintains standards that are consistent with the Electronic Industry Code of Conduct (the “EICC”). The EICC provides guidelines to ensure worker safety and fairness, environmental responsibility and business efficiency. We are strongly opposed to any degree of forced, bonded, involuntary, prison or indentured labor and have therefore created and enforced efforts to eradicate slavery and human trafficking from our supply chain:

  • Beginning in 2012, we’ve implemented training for our supply chain personnel focusing specifically on ways to mitigate slavery and human trafficking issues from our supply chain, to the greatest extent possible.
  • We proactively educate our suppliers and carry out our commitment to seek out business partners who share our values and, in accordance with our Supplier Code of Conduct, specifically prohibit our suppliers from using forced, bonded, involuntary, prison, or indentured labor.

Our Code of Business Conduct and Ethics requires our employees to comply with employment-related laws, including those related to wages, hours and minimum age requirements.

labor Relations

We are dedicated to the continuous improvement of our environmental preservation efforts.

Knowles’ operations are governed by a variety of international, national, state and local environmental laws and we are committed to the continued compliance with these laws in our operations. To help achieve this, Knowles has established a Green Materials Policy pursuant to which it has established a Green Materials Standard. The products Knowles offers are in compliance with the European Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) and Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) regulations.

This standard is based on the list of substances identified in the JIG-101 Standard which is endorsed by the EIA, the JEDEC and the JGPSSI associations as well as the Sony Standard SS-00259. To meet this requirement, supplier data for all purchased materials is reviewed to ensure compliance with applicable standards and performs analytical testing when deemed necessary.

We also continuously gauge our progress by metrics that include reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, volatile organic compounds (VOC), metal and cardboard consumption and landfill utilization. Leaving a smaller environmental footprint gives us the power to create economic value for our customers and shareholders – and protect the long term well-being of the environment.

Through sustainable practices such as reducing waste, increasing energy efficiency and using green materials, we are striving to meet the global environmental needs of today and tomorrow.

Sustainability

As part of our commitment to social responsibility, we only work with suppliers that uphold the same ethical standards that we operate by.

We use in our components only materials that have been purchased via a conflict-free process. Knowles has implemented processes to ensure we are in compliance with the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act and the Consumer Protection Act, which require companies to file disclosures and reports with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission related to the use of tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold (3TG minerals) in their products. Therefore, we’ve created and enforced efforts to purchase conflict-free materials throughout our supply chain. Requirements for Knowles suppliers include:

  • Identify which, if any, 3TG minerals are used in Knowles purchased materials.
  • Identify the smelter and mine of origin used as sources for product supplied to Knowles.
  • Provide a description of the actions taken to exercise due diligence on the sourcing of 3TG materials to assure that none originated in the restricted areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Conflict Materials