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Handling Government Business

Working with government organizations
When working with government organizations and officials – whether as customers, regulators or partners – we must ensure that our activities and interactions demonstrate the company’s commitment to ethical conduct. Adherence to the law and compliance to specific regulations are expected.

What does it mean for me?



  • Abide by applicable laws and regulations relating to working with governments, particularly special requirements associated with government contracts and transactions.
  • Be truthful and accurate when dealing with government officials and agencies.
  • Require anyone – including consultants, sales representatives, distributors or suppliers – providing goods or services for the company on a government project or contract to agree to comply with the intent of the company’s working with government policy.
  • Adopt processes that ensure reports, certifications, statements and proposals are current, accurate and complete and that contract requirements are identified to the responsible parties.
  • Deviate from contractual requirements or authorized contract substitutions such as failure to perform required tests and inspections.
  • Submit inaccurate or incomplete cost or pricing data when it is required by the government.
  • Violate government regulations that establish gratuity restrictions, recruiting and hiring restrictions, or certification procedures.
  • Accept information about a government’s competitive selection of a supplier or a competitor’s bid or proposal (unless the contracting officer or agency leader has lawfully authorized the information’s release).