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

C-TPAT

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

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) or adjoining countries, the mining of minerals used to produce tantalum, tin, tungsten and gold (known as 3TG minerals) has been linked to funding armed groups engaged in violent conflict in the DRC region.
As part of Knowles’s commitment to social responsibility and compliance with Rule 13p-1 under the Securities Exchange Act, it is our goal to only use 3TG minerals in our products that do not directly or indirectly finance or benefit armed groups in the DRC region.
We are taking steps to ensure the use of conflict-free 3TG minerals in our supply chain by expecting our suppliers to:

  • Adopt a conflict minerals policy that is consistent with this Policy and require their direct and indirect suppliers to do the same.
  • Exercise due diligence with relevant suppliers on the source and chain of custody of 3TG minerals consistent with the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas.
  • Identify smelters/refiners associated with the 3TG mineral supply chain for our products.
  • Transition to certified conflict-free smelters/refiners.

A grievance mechanism is in place to allow interested parties to voice concerns regarding the circumstances of extraction, trade, and export of 3TG minerals in Knowles's supply chain. By telephone (1-855-657-8022) or at www.knowles.ethicspoint.com.

Conflict Materials