At Rockwell Collins, we are committed to conducting our business with the highest standards of ethics and in accordance with the laws and regulations of the countries in which we do business. Ethics is a cornerstone of our company's heritage and remains an important part of our culture and the way we do business.
Our ethics expectations
To ensure our commitment to ethics is effectively communicated throughout our company, our employees, officers, and directors are provided with a copy of our Code of Ethics, referred to as our Standards of Business Conduct. This code was recently updated and distributed to our employees. More information about these updates is available in a letter from Gary Chadick, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary.
Everyone in our company is expected to be familiar with our Standards of Business Conduct and apply them in the performance of their responsibilities. Additionally, all employees and members of our Board of Directors are required to complete an annual certification regarding compliance with our Standards of Business Conduct.
Communication and education
Our employees participate in ethics training when they join the company and on an annual basis thereafter.
Our ongoing communication plan supplements this training and includes educational tools and videos, our internal Web site, company newsletters, and other employee publications, including an article in Horizons magazine that features three of our employees’ perspectives on how ethics builds trust. Leadership messages that emphasize our commitment to ethics are another component of our communication plan.
Raising concerns and reporting violations
The Rockwell Collins Ombudsman Program upholds the integrity of our Standards of Business Conduct by providing an avenue for our employees, customers, suppliers and shareowners to report suspected violations of law or our Standards of Business Conduct, and to ask questions when faced with an ethical decision.
A comprehensive plan to communicate the Ombudsman's contact information ensures our employees and other stakeholders can easily access the Ombudsman if they have questions or concerns. All contacts to the Ombudsman may be made anonymously and are kept confidential. Retaliation against those who report concerns or violations in good faith will not be tolerated at Rockwell Collins and is strictly prohibited by our retaliation policy.
Promoting ethics in our industry
Rockwell Collins maintains an active role in shaping and promoting ethics within our industry. One example is our role as a Signatory Company of the Defense Industry Initiative (DII). The DII is a voluntary, private, non-partisan, and non-profit organization comprised of U.S. defense companies committed to conducting business with the highest standards of ethical conduct and in compliance with the law. At Rockwell Collins, our commitment to the fundamental principles of the DII is demonstrated through our submission of the DII Annual Public Accountability Questionnaire as well as leadership and active participation at conferences and best practice forums.