Avoid engaging in or discussing any activities that may violate antitrust laws, or others that even have the appearance of antitrust, with competitors, suppliers or customers.
Antitrust laws apply to our work activities and violations can result in civil and sometimes criminal penalties.
If any such activities are proposed, discussed or implemented, contact the Legal Department or Ethics Office.
Why We Do It
We value open and fair competition.
We do not knowingly enter into business arrangements that eliminate or discourage competition or that give us an improper competitive advantage.
Actions that may violate antitrust laws include:
Boycotting suppliers or customers
Pricing intended to run a competitor out of business
Disparaging, misrepresenting or harassing a competitor
Teaming with companies in ways that create less competitive outcomes for customers, including trying to block competitors and prevent market entry
Bribery, kickbacks or stealing trade secrets
Entering into agreements or understandings with competitors to divide the market in which they compete by allocating bids, contracts, territories or markets and/or restricting the production or sale of products or product lines
Conditioning the sale of one product/service on the sale of another unwanted product/service
Conditioning the sale or purchase of products/services on the requirement that the seller or purchaser not do business with competitors of the Corporation