Touch International Code of Conduct

Touch International is an industry leader in designing and manufacturing touchscreens and touch-enabled devices for the past 20 years. Our mission is to ensure the quality and success of our customer’s end-use application through Touch International’s Collaborative Engineering process.

Touch International expects all stakeholders’ compliance with all applicable laws and regulations of the countries in which operations are managed or services provided. Stakeholders refers to all parties with interest in the company, including but not limited to employees, investors, customers and suppliers.

I. Compliance with Laws

Stakeholders are expected to observe the applicable laws and regulations of the countries in which operations are managed or services are provided.

II. Human Rights

Stakeholders are expected to treat people with respect and dignity in accordance with the International Labor Organization (ILO) Conventions.

  1. Child Labor
    Stakeholders are expected to ensure no performance of work is conducted by illegal child labor. The term “child” refers to any person under the minimum legal age for employment where the work is performed. Legal age must be consistent with the minimum working age as defined by the International Labor Organization (ILO). Touch International will not conduct business with any entity that uses illegal child labor.
  2.  Human Trafficking, including Forced or Indentured Labor
    Stakeholders are required to adhere to all regulations that prohibit human trafficking as well as address any violation to human rights within their operation. This includes the prohibition of any and all forced labor or indentured labor in which a person is under threat of a penalty and for which the person has not volunteered himself for labor.

III.   Employment Practices

  1.  Harassment
    Business stakeholders in Touch International are expected to provide a work environment free from any physical, psychological, emotional, and verbal harassment, or any other abusive conduct.
  2. Non‐discrimination
    Stakeholders are expected to hire candidates based on their abilities in relation to the job requirements and to not discriminate against applicants due to gender, age, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, political opinion, or national or ethnic origin.
  3. Wage and Benefits
    Stakeholders are expected to follow the law regarding minimum compensation of their workers to include providing legally mandated benefits where applicable. Workers should receive all earned compensation, including overtime, earned commission, etc. Stakeholders are prohibited from deducting from wages as a disciplinary measure.

IV. Anti ‐Corruption

  1. Fraud and Deception
    Stakeholders are expected to be honest with accurate representation of their products and services. They are not to act fraudulently, make false statements, or support anyone else in doing so. Defrauding or stealing from companies or third parties is prohibited.
  2. Illegal Payments
    Stakeholders shall not offer any illegal payments to, or receive any illegal payments from, any customer, supplier, their agents, representatives, or others. Receiving, paying, or promising payment of financial funds and/or anything of value, indirectly or directly, with the purpose of exerting undue influence or inappropriate advantage is prohibited. This prohibition includes locations where such activity would not violate local law.
  3. Insider Trading
    Stakeholders may not use non-publicly disclosed information obtained through business interactions as the basis for trading in stocks or securities of any company or enabling others to do so.
  4. Anti‐Corruption Laws
    Stakeholders must adhere to the anti‐corruption laws, directives, and regulations that govern operations in the countries in which they do business.

V.  Competition and Anti‐Trust

Stakeholders must abide by Competition and Anti-Trust laws. Fixing prices or rigging bids with competitors is prohibited. There must not be any exchanging of current, recent, or future pricing information with competitors.

VI. Conflict of Interest

Stakeholders must avoid all conflict of interest or situations giving the appearance of a potential conflict of interest. Should conflict of interest or potential conflict of interest arise, stakeholders are expected to provide notification to all parties involved. Conflict between the interests of the company and personal interests or those of close relatives, friends or associates are included in this expectation.

VII.  Maintain Accurate Records

Stakeholders are expected to create accurate records of all business interactions and to not alter said records or conceal or misrepresent any and all transactions. Documentation, regardless of format, must always fully and accurately represent the transaction or event being documented. Records should be retained based on the applicable retention requirements.

VIII.  Information Protection  

  1. Information Security
    Stakeholders are expected to protect confidential and proprietary information of others. This includes personal information from unauthorized access, destruction, use, modification, and disclosure, through appropriate physical and electronic security procedures. Applicable data privacy laws must be complied with.
  2. Intellectual Property
    Stakeholders are expected to comply with all the applicable laws governing intellectual property rights assertions, including protection against disclosure, patents, copyrights, and trademarks.
  3. Confidential/Proprietary Information
    Stakeholders are expected to handle sensitive information appropriately and properly, including confidential, proprietary, and personal information. Without prior authorization from the owner of the information, no information should be used for any purpose (e.g. publicity, advertisement, and the like) other than the business purpose for which it was provided.

IX. Environment, Health, and Safety

Touch International stakeholders must establish and maintain a proper management system for the Environment, Health, and Safety. As a minimum, stakeholders are expected to act in accordance with all applicable environmental, health, and workplace safety laws, regulations, and standards.

  1. Health and Safety
    Stakeholders are expected to provide a safe and healthy workplace for its employees. They are also expected to safeguard the health, safety, and the welfare of their employees, contractors, visitors, and all others who may be affected by their activities. Stakeholders are required to take necessary and appropriate action in order to prevent work-related accidents and occupational illnesses. These actions include but are not limited to policies, standards, procedures, contingency measures, and management systems.
  2. Environment
    Stakeholders will obtain, maintain, and comply with all environmental permits, licenses, and registrations necessary for their operations. Stakeholders are expected to actively manage risk, conserve natural resources, and protect the environment in the communities within which they operate.
  3. Eco footprint
    Stakeholders are expected to make efforts to protect the environment and to minimize the impact of their activities and products on the environment. Stakeholders should identify risks and potential impacts on the environment created by their production, distribution, and transportation of products throughout their entire lifecycle and take steps to reduce them.
  4. Waste
    Stakeholders will have procedures in place for the safe handling, storage, transportation, utilization, and disposal of waste in accordance with the applicable legislation. Reducing waste to the furthest extent possible is encouraged.

X. Global Trade Compliance

  1. Export and Import
    Stakeholders are expected to ensure their business practices are in compliance with all applicable laws, directives, and regulations governing the exports of parts, components, and technical data. This may include controls imposed by the country of export as well as controls imposed by other partnering countries.
  2. Responsible Sourcing of Minerals
    Stakeholders are responsible for exercising due diligence regarding the source and chain of custody of minerals (to include tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold) that may be contained in their manufactured products to ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations regarding Conflict Minerals.
  3.  Economic Sanctions
    Stakeholders are expected to ensure compliance with applicable economic sanctions for its activities. They are expected to adhere to the applicable trade laws and restrictions as imposed by the United Nations or other national or supranational bodies or governments and must implement strict policies to ensure compliance therewith.

XI. Ethics Program Expectations

  1. Whistleblower Protection
    Stakeholders will provide avenues for reporting legal or ethical issues or concerns without fear of retribution or retaliation. Stakeholders are expected to respond appropriately against any retaliatory actions.
  2. Ethics Policies
    Stakeholders are encouraged to implement a code of conduct for their own stakeholders and thus promote high expectations and principles that lead to ethical, value-driven choices in all dealings (personal and professional).
  3. Consequences for violating the Code
    Touch International holds the Code of Conduct as the best practice standard when interacting with our stakeholders. In the event that the expectations set forth in this code are not met by our stakeholders, the business relationship may be reviewed or canceled.