Dear Republic Steel employees,
Critical to Republic Steel’s success is the way in which we conduct ourselves as we do business. Each of us must strive to handle the business affairs of the company in an ethical as well as legal manner. Not only does the company have a stake in your and my proper conduct, but also to the extent any of us engages in illegal activities we expose ourselves and the company to criminal prosecution. We strive to do what’s right for our company and for our customers who buy steel bar.
Thus, in an effort to remind us of what is expected by Republic and also to clearly state what conduct is not tolerated, the provided Business Conduct Policy has been adopted. Republic’s Business Conduct Policy illustrates the shared accountability each of us has in respect to conducting business with honesty and integrity. We owe this to ourselves and to our customers who buy steel bar.
In today’s global market, it is often difficult to keep up with the new challenges our organization faces or to adequately deal with all complex situations. Nobody has all the answers. But we do know that the best answers evolve in an organization where its guiding values are known, and where an environment is cultivated that supports ethically sound behaviors.
You should never hesitate to ask a question or report a concern. If you become aware of a situation in which you believe Republic’s ethical and legal guidelines have been violated or if you feel you are being pressured or asked to compromise your values, it is your responsibility to communicate this concern to the company.
It is important for you to know that you will not be disciplined, lose your job or be retaliated against in any way for asking questions or voicing concerns about our ethical or legal obligations as long as you are acting in good faith. Good faith does not mean that you have to be right – but it does mean that you believe you are providing truthful information. You owe it to your co-workers and to our customers who buy steel bar.
President and CEO