Compliance

Objective and scope

The objective of GDM ́s Code of Ethics is to promote company values as well as to provide a framework of regulations and codes of conduct to prevent undesired behaviors.
It is addressed to all Company members and to those acting on behalf of GDM, to be used
as an action guide for our complex and ever-changing global environment.

The enforcement of this code is mandatory.

The company expects all members to act with ethics and according to the principles
established by this code.

GDM will take all the necessary disciplinary measures, including a warning notice or contract termination, in case of violation of this code provisions.

Contact the Human Resources for further information on this document.

Mission, Vision and DNA

Mission

We are a global group that applies cutting-edge technology to research, development and trading of high yield soybean varieties and other extensive crops, generating several businesses that add value to the group´s growth.

Vision

Contribute to our cutting-edge genetics and technology for the continuous improvement of the global agricultural production, with a transparent business management system, beneficial to all stakeholders.

DNA

  • Focus on genetic development
  • Curiosity
  • Innovation
  • Agility and Flexibility
  • Transparency and Respect
  • Collaborative approach
Conflict of Interest

It is fundamental to make all decisions without the influence of factors other than those based on professional judgement and impartial conduct, preventing that personal interests prevail over those of the company, and acting with ethics in case of conflict of interests.

All Company members are required to communicate any type of conflict of interest that may arise as well as contact their immediate report or the Human Resources area before starting any external activity that may constitute conflict of interest with their GDM responsibilities.

Political Activities and Public Services

All Company members interested in participating in the political arena must communicate the Human Resources Department before accepting or running as a candidate for public offices.

Company members involved in political activities or public services are not allowed to use the GDM facilities to organize meetings and Company communication channels for political purposes.

All Company members or those acting on behalf of the Company must inform the Human
Resources area on their condition of politically exposed person (PEP) or on their direct
relation with a PEP.

Work Environment and Personal Relations

GDM focuses on improving performance and efficiency, generating order and equal opportunities among its members, to maintain a healthy competition and stable work conditions. These conditions facilitate and promote our members professional development. These are our pillars:

Personal Acts

The labor acts performed by members of our Company must comply with the principles of
honesty, transparency, impartiality and integrity at all times. These acts must always
correspond to the legal framework and regulation.

Equal Treatment and Respect

We require equal treatment among all Company members. We make every effort to prevent any situation that may harm other people. We do not allow any discrimination, verbal or physical abuse among our members or against any other person related to the Company.

Diversity

GDM values diversity, different viewpoints and different talents. Thus, discrimination in the Company ́s work environments is strictly forbidden.

Equal Opportunities

The primary goal of the Company is to promote equal opportunities to all members.
The Human Resources area evaluates all company professionals with the same criteria,
regardless of race, creed, color, origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status or disability.

Personal and Professional Development

The Company is committed to develop its members ́ competencies, facilitating their
development through training sessions, resources and fair and competitive remuneration.
GDM supports and motivates the professional development of all members.

Asset Protection

GDM offers its members the necessary resources for the performance of their tasks, and, at the same time, provides the means to safeguard the integrity of these resources. It is each member ́s responsibility to know and implement Company regulations and procedures to guarantee safety and the correct use of the allocated resources.
Members must protect and safeguard the resources under their responsibility from  possible theft, loss and/or deterioration.

Health and Safety Regulations

It ́s fundamental to provide our associates with a healthy and safe working environment to carry out their activities. GDM establishes the necessary processes to prevent accidents,
lesions and occupational diseases associated with their professional activities in the
Company. Thus, any member working inside company ́s facilities must comply with the safety regulations and work with responsibility to guarantee his own safety and that of his/her colleagues. Whenever necessary, employees must wear uniform provided by the Company for their normal activities.

Quality

Quality is recognized as our great competitive edge. It is essential to understand that our
Company ́s reputation depends on the quality of our products and the way we produce and sell them. All this is achieved through individual and teamwork,

 

Corporate Social Responsibility

Our commitment to society is expressed in in three large work areas:

  • Strict adhesion to the environment protection good practices through the adequate
    use of natural resources and waste treatment.
  • Formal, dignified and safe work conditions for our Company members.
  • Relationship with social organizations from surroundings communities, extending our contribution to their sustainable development.
Business Relations

Suppliers Relations

To develop a relationship with suppliers and third parties based on integrity, ethical behavior and mutual trust. The Company will not tolerate any illegal or unethical behavior from suppliers, third parties or business partners.
GDM chooses its suppliers and strengthen its relationship with them based on formal, clear and transparent recruitment processes.

Clients Relations

We expect our members to reflect GDM values towards client care, always searching for the best levels of quality and excellence and based on modesty and respect. The objective is to develop lasting relationships based on trust, commitment and transparency.

Competitors Relations

Our Company is committed to fair competition and promotes free competition in benefit of our clients, always in conformity with the respective legal frameworks. This includes contracts enforcement and practices that increase market competition and promote innovation and new ideas to add value to the business. It is important to understand that GDM ́s reputation is connected to the reputation of the profession in general and that of its competitors, avoiding, in any way, to damage its credit, image or prestige. GDM refuses any competitive tactic that can harm the profession reputation and, consequently, that of our Company.

Under no circumstance, Company members should enter into agreements or formal and
informal exchanges with competitors on the following topics:

  • Prices and profits
  • Production, sales capacity or volume
  • Marketing and Sales strategies
  • Future projects
  • Suppliers contracts
  • Clients contracts
  • Distribution methods

Media Relations

All publicity and advertisement on commercialized products must be honest and
representative of the real characteristics of the GDM product.

Public Bodies Relations

It is strictly forbidden any offer, direct or indirect, cash payments, or the concession of a benefit to a public or private entity to obtain an illegal, unethical business or competitive advantage, which, without this payment or favor would be impossible. It is also not allowed payments made to speed up a process, directly or indirectly.

Gifts, entertaining and hospitality

It is understood that to offer gifts or any form of business entertaining is a way of developing good commercial relationships. It is important that our associates use common sense whenever it occurs, avoiding any situation that may defame a person or the Company.

All Company members must inform the Human Resources area on received gifts.

 

Use of Privileged and Confidential Information

Intellectual Capital and Data Security

Intellectual Capital

Company ́s intellectual capital must be protected and it is the obligation of members to comply with this regulation. It includes trademarks, patents, copyrights, trade secrets, or any information that is susceptible to property rights by the Company.

Data Protection and Confidentiality

We protect and take all measures to safeguard all the confidential and personal information we keep, collecting and treating them with responsibility and giving them the care they deserve. We prohibit the disclosure of any confidential and personal information entrusted on us, unless otherwise authorized or under the right, professional or legal obligation to disclose it. The use of our collaborators information is restricted and can only be accessed through the Human Resources area.

We prohibit the use of our clients ́ confidential information for the benefit of any person or third party.

Communication System and Social Media

Company members must make responsible and productive use of the communication
systems in the workplace such as e-mail, telephone and internet. An adequate image of the
Company abroad must be kept by using the communication systems responsibly (language teaching, correct answering of incoming calls, among others).

It is forbidden the use of social media on behalf of GDM to disclose illegal, inappropriate,
offensive or discriminatory material, considering that they can affect Company prestige and reputation.

All GDM members must make clear that their participation, opinions and statements in the social media or internet forums are of personal character and have no connection with the Company. Thus, they must abstain from using the Company image, name and logo.

 

Complaints Channel

GDM promotes that any person reports any act or suspicious conduct considered contrary to the principles and values established in this code. Additionally, GDM commits to investigating reports received and can also disregard those reports that are considered defamatory or lacking substance.

GDM will provide support to those who present a report, respecting confidentiality.

You already know the guidelines to keep a good organizational behavior. In case you suffer any offensive action or witness any action contrary to the guidelines in this code, you can report it by accessing this link.

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You can also make your report anonimously by phone calling +1 855 938 5044