Annual Ethics Reminder for Suppliers
November 2019 --
Your role in delivering affordable, high-quality products and services that serve our customer’s missions is important to Lockheed Martin. We appreciate your collaboration and perseverance as we continue to strengthen our partnership, while maintaining a focus on ethics and integrity within our own organizations as well as those of our partners.
Lockheed Martin’s Supplier Code of Conduct which is referenced in all purchase orders, expresses the ethical expectations we hold for ourselves and for you as a supplier to our company. Today, we ask that you pay special attention to our policy concerning gifts and business courtesies:
We [Lockheed Martin] compete on the merits of our products and services and do not use the exchange of business courtesies to gain an unfair competitive advantage. We expect the same of our suppliers in the offering or receipt of any gift or business courtesy, including cash and cash equivalents. In particular, note that our employees who are in any way involved in procurement decisions are subject to even more strict limitations, and may not accept any business courtesies, with the exception of very low value promotional items. In any business relationship, our suppliers must ensure that the offering or receipt of any gift or business courtesy is permitted by law and regulation; does not violate the rules and standards of the recipient’s organization; is consistent with reasonable marketplace customs; and, will not adversely impact the reputation of Lockheed Martin.
As we state in our purchase orders, we value relationships that are grounded in a shared commitment to performing in accordance with the highest standards of professional business conduct. To assist you in maintaining an effective ethics program, including a written code of conduct, we provide a variety of free, self-serve ethics resources for suppliers, such as a live webinar series and a set of simple guides on each of the 12 elements of an effective ethics program. Suppliers can also apply to work one-on-one with a Lockheed Martin Ethics Officer on their ethics program.
We recommend downloading the free Small Business Toolkit developed by the Defense Industry Initiative on Business Ethics and Conduct. The toolkit contains guidance for setting up an ethics program, template policies, procedures and compliance training and much more.
Please contact Lockheed Martin’s toll-free helpline at 1-800-563-8442 (for hearing or speech impaired: 1-800-441-7457) or email at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
/s/ Janet Duffey
Vice President, Global Supply Chain