Declaration of Operations and Management
Principles of the GUMOTEX Group

The GUMOTEX Group is an experienced and stable producer of unique and top-quality products, creating long-term value for stakeholders.

The vision of the GUMOTEX Group is to be a company respected for excellence in the things it does, and built by people that are proud of it.

Operations, management and all other activities of the Group are founded upon these firmly set values:

RESPECT: Our day-to-day business and decisions are driven by the respect we hold for one another and our business partners.
COOPERATION: Mutual communication and cooperation among individuals and within teams is the key to our success.
EFFORT: We make the greatest possible effort in order to become a top-quality and dependable supplier, business partner and employer.
RESPONSIBILITY: We recognize our responsibility toward people, society and the environment. We do the right thing. We think about the future.
INNOVATION: Innovation is the key to our development. Our growth is based on experience; we are open to change, opportunity and new ideas.
OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE: We strive for perfection and operational excellence. We want to keep improving – to be the best in what we do.

The GUMOTEX Group’s VALUES ARE EMBODIED IN OUR COMMITMENTS

Key Commitments and Principals

We follow all applicable laws and regulations, including implemented management systems such as ISO, IATF and others.
We comply with concluded contracts, agreements and obligations.
We treat all of our GUMOTEX colleagues and stakeholders with dignity and respect.
We are a responsible citizen, we recognize the values of corporate social responsibility.
We strive to grow, innovate and create long term value for our stakeholders.
We protect GUMOTEX’s assets, both tangible and intangible.

Equal Treatment

We comply with all anti-discrimination legislation. We are committed to protecting the rights of all employees by providing equal employment opportunities, eliminating any form of discrimination in personnel decisions (e.g., hiring, training, pay and promotion) that are never based on discrimination against individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, marital status, citizenship, disability, medical condition, or any other factor protected by law.

Diversity and inclusion

Our goal is to recruit and retain a talented team of people who reflect the needs of our markets. We actively create an environment in which our employees can thrive throughout their careers with our company. We believe that developing and retaining a diverse team provides us with a competitive advantage. We recognize that a diverse mix of skills and experience fosters innovation and improves products and services. This also enhances our ability to achieve our goals in a collaborative and responsible manner.

Physical and Verbal Violence in the Workplace

We are committed to providing a safe work environment. Central to the company's culture is an environment based on open, two-way communication between employees, supervisors and management. We promote a respectful and cooperative work environment where there is no place for intimidation, threats, hostility, inhumane treatment, violence or harassment. We do not tolerate any form of violence, physical or verbal, under any circumstances. "Violence" includes threatening or violent behavior, intimidation or attempts to instill fear.

Preventing Harassment

We are committed to providing a harassment-free environment, in which we all have an opportunity to contribute our highest potential. “Harassment” as a behavior, either physical or verbal, done in person or by other means (such as harassing notes or emails), that creates an offensive, intimidating, humiliating or hostile work environment that unreasonably interferes with another person’s work performance is not tolerated by any means.

Workplace Health and Safety

Our employees are our Group's most valuable asset. We are committed to protecting them. We are committed to applying and continuously improving safety standards to protect ourselves, our colleagues and external partners who work for us or visit our facilities. We are committed to reducing risks, eliminating hazards and ensuring safe and healthy working conditions with respect to the prevention of work-related injuries and ill health. We define goals in the area of workplace ergonomics and working conditions, and we aim to adapt the workplace to the physical and mental needs of our employees. We discuss relevant information with workers and their representatives. We comply with all GUMOTEX Group occupational safety and fire safety rules and procedures, as well as with relevant legislation and other binding regulations Nothing justifies circumventing or ignoring any safety rule - whether an internal procedure, a legal regulation or another binding regulation. In cases where external (private or public) entities are involved in the protection of operations or activities, we ensure the protection of employees by means of appropriate instructions or by controlling these external entities.

Drug and Alcohol Use

Business at GUMOTEX is conducted in a safe and responsible manner, free from the influence of any substance that could impair or alter job performance. We never tolerate alcohol, drugs, controlled substances or medication in a way that might harm our ability to conduct business safely and successfully.

Child Labor and Forced Labor

We forbid the use of child labor, forced labor, or compulsory labor, in any of our facilities. An individual under the age of 15 or the underaged person without completed compulsory school attendance is considered a child. Individuals under the age of 18 years require increased job protection in the form of specially arranged working conditions.

Wage and Hour Practices

The company's remuneration policy guarantees competitive wages and benefits for all employees, and we comply with all applicable wage and hour legislation, including minimum wage, overtime and maximum working hours regulations. The Company guarantees a fair remuneration and benefits system that is based on transparent conditions for all employees and that does not allow for any favouritism or disadvantage. We comply with the applicable legal regulations in the scheduling of working hours. We take measures in personnel planning to minimise the need for overtime. No employee's working time exceeds the stipulated 37.5 hours per week. We never require an employee to violate these regulations.

Freedom of Association

We respect every employee’s right to choose to join a trade union, or to have recognized employee representation in accordance with applicable law. We do not violate these employee rights.

Whistleblower protection (whistleblowing)

We have a confidential ethics hotline through which any internal or external stakeholder can report wrongdoing of which they have become aware in the course of their work or similar activities, thereby enabling the remediation, damage limitation or apprehension of perpetrators. By doing so, we also commit that the whistleblower will not face any threat or punishment as a result of their actions for reporting suspected violations of our policies or adverse human or labor rights impacts. At the same time, we guarantee the presumption of innocence until the guilt of the person concerned is proven. Related to this is the fact that an investigation can only be initiated if there is evidence of a serious violation. Abuse of the ethics hotline is not tolerated and anyone who knowingly abuses the hotline is committing a serious breach of the rules.

Keeping GUMOTEX Information Secure

All our employees keep confidential information about GUMOTEX secure, including any information they may come across during the course of their work. “Confidential information” is any information that is not available to the general public, but has been learned as a result of one’s position within GUMOTEX.

Protection of GUMOTEX Intellectual Property

GUMOTEX’s Intellectual Property (IP) is considered as one of its most valuable assets and all employees spare a maximal effort in protecting it. IP includes copyrights, patents, utility models, trademarks, trade secrets, design rights, trade dress, logos, know how, photos / videos, individuals’ names and likenesses, and other intangible industrial or commercial property.

External Party Information

We are committed to safeguarding the confidential information of our business stakeholders. We respect and comply with all confidentiality agreements entered into with our partners. We value this cooperative relationship, and so we never share a stakeholder’s confidential information with another entity.

External Party Intellectual Property and Commercial Rights

Respektujeme veškerá práva duševního vlastnictví (IP) našich externích partnerů a další nehmotná obchodní práva náležející ostatním. Tato práva zejména zahrnují osobnostní práva, autorská práva, patenty, užitné vzory, ochranné známky, obchodní tajemství, průmyslové vzory a další. Nikdy vědomě neporušujeme tato práva. Zavazujeme se, že nebudeme vyvíjet, vyrábět a používat padělané díly či imitace. V případě, že takovéto díly odhalíme, budeme informovat originálního výrobce, případně podnikne jiné kroky dle právního řádu.

GDPR

We comply with all applicable rules related to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Employee Data Privacy

We properly manage and use all personal data that our employees, as well as prospective and former employees, entrust to us.

Protecting the Environment

GUMOTEX Group is a responsible member of society. We aim to meet or exceed the requirements of relevant environmental legislation and permit conditions and to use environmentally friendly practices to ensure environmental protection. We look for all possible opportunities to reduce waste and emissions. We engage in projects that aim to reduce carbon footprint, energy intensity using natural resources in a manner and at a pace that maintains and enhances the resilience of ecosystems and the benefits they provide. We are committed to being a responsible steward of our land and soil, conducting our operations in a sustainable manner. This includes the protection of biodiversity and ecosystems, the sustainable use of resources and the responsible ownership, acquisition and use of land. We explicitly draw attention to the prohibition of unlawful compulsory acquisition and requisition of land, forests and waters for acquisition, development or other uses where these lands, forests and waters provide human livelihoods. Care must be taken to minimize land use and avoid or compensate for deforestation. Appropriate measures are taken to ensure efficiency in the use of energy, water and raw materials, the use of renewable resources and to minimise damage to the environment and health (PV project, alternative fuels ELTO-fuel oil). We minimise the use of raw materials with adverse effects on the environment and health. We meet the requirements mandated by REACH. We pay increased attention to products containing substances of particular concern (SVHC). We place great emphasis on the use of low-emission raw materials, thereby reducing the amount of VOCs emitted into the air. We regularly monitor the negative environmental effects on the health of our employees and the surrounding environment.We act in accordance with international conventions and other legislation relating to the production, use, handling and disposal of certain substances (in particular the Minamata and Stockholm Conventions, as well as related applicable implementing legislation at national and supranational level). We take measures to avoid waste, reuse resources, recycle and ensure the reuse of by-products. We implement appropriate measures to minimise water consumption. We carry out effective treatment of wastewater discharges to minimise environmental impact and improve overall water quality.

Ensuring Product Quality and Safety

Product quality and safety are of the utmost importance to us. Our customers choose GUMOTEX because we deliver products of superior quality and value. We take our customers' requirements into account throughout the supply chain. We must ensure that the GUMOTEX Group meets or exceeds relevant legislative and regulatory requirements, including our certified standards or management systems, such as ISO or IATF, relating to product quality and safety. Our products and packaging are safe for consumers and the environment when used for their intended purpose.

Complying with Competition Laws

GUMOTEX is a vigorous and fair competitor. We succeed based on the quality of our products, our operational excellence and our employees, and never through the use of unfair business practices. We adhere to market competition laws (also referred to as “antitrust” laws).

Transparent Behavior

We strictly follow all applicable anti-corruption laws and regulations, including legislation regulating foreign anti-corruption practices. We will neither engage nor tolerate any form of corruption, bribery, theft, embezzlement, or extortion.

We never make supplier, customer or other business decisions based on any personal benefit given or offered. In particular, we do not solicit or accept bribes or kickbacks from anyone who does or seeks to do business with GUMOTEX. We never offer or give any bribes or kickbacks to any supplier, customer or other stakeholder.

Handling Potential Conflicts of Interest

We always act solely in the best interests of GUMOTEX. In order to uphold GUMOTEX’s reputation, we make every effort to watch out for any situations that may create a conflict of interest, whether actual or potential.

No Illegal Financial Transactions

We will not tolerate any use of illegal financial transactions including any payments or other benefits to individuals, companies, international organizations, or governmental bodies for the purpose of influencing the decision-making process which would violate applicable laws, internal rules and procedures. GUMOTEX is entitled to terminate any contractual relationship if it believes, in good faith, that the contractual party has violated applicable anti-corruption laws or any other regulation by its conduct.

Boycotts and Embargoes

We have systems and processes in place to help us comply in a responsible manner with economic sanctions and trade embargoes.

Communication

We strive to provide clear and accurate information to the media, external business partners, state authorities and the general public. Clear and accurate communication helps us maintain and develop our relationships with the public and other external stakeholders, which in turn strengthens our corporate reputation.

Management of the GUMOTEX Group shall provide the necessary resources required to fulfill this  Declaration, create conditions for all employees to understand the aforementioned principles, and conduct regular reviews. We expect our partners to follow these or similar guidelines; this expectation is also considered in their selection.

The Declaration is made available on the website of the GUMOTEX Group.

František Řezáč
General Manager, GUMOTEX Group

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