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"The Code of Business reaffirms what each GB Industrial Battery employee stands for: Doing the right thing.  Every day.  No excuses."

Tony Peluso

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Our Key Beliefs - The Way We Will Always Act

          Uncompromising Integrity

          Constant Respect for People

GBs Key Beliefs have been in existence for several years, and GB Industrial Battery continues to have a strong culture of corporate ethics and citizenship.  Since its original establishment in the 1990s, our Code of Business Conduct has provided GB Industrial Battery employees guidance for their business activities, placing a priority on establishing trust with our stakeholders.  However, it is not enough to declare our good values.  GB Industrial Battery is committed to acting on them--through the potential of our technology and the way we conduct our business.

As part of its commitment to Uncompromising Integrity and Constant Respect for People, GB Industrial Battery has established the Ethics Line for its employees, business partners and others to report any questions or concerns they may have about compliance with the GB Industrial Battery Code of Business Conduct, or the laws, regulations or contract provisions that govern GBs business.

Beginning this year, the Audit Committee Line has been established to allow access to the Audit and Legal Committee of the GB Industrial Battery, Inc. Board of Directors for any interested party with a concern about GBs accounting, internal controls or audit matters.

CODE OF BUSINESS CONDUCT                    (Amended September 29, 2005)

Times will change. Our products will change. Our people will change. Our customers will change. What will not change is our commitment to our key beliefs.

Key Beliefs

Our key beliefs define who we are as individuals and as a company - to each other, our customers, our shareholders, our suppliers, our competitors and our communities.

Uncompromising integrity means staying true to what we believe. We adhere to honesty, fairness and doing the right thing without compromise, even when circumstances make it difficult.

Constant respect for people means we treat everyone with dignity, as we would like to be treated ourselves. Constant respect applies to every individual we interact with around the world.

Each of us is expected to demonstrate these key beliefs in our work as GB Industrial Battery employees.

Purpose of the Code of Business Conduct

This Code of Business Conduct is a guide to help GB Industrial Battery employees live up to GBs high ethical standards -- and their own. It summarizes many of the laws that GB Industrial Battery and all GB Industrial Battery employees are required to live by. The Code goes beyond the legal minimums, however, by describing the ethical values we share as GB Industrial Battery employees.

This Code is neither a contract nor a comprehensive manual that covers every situation GB Industrial Battery employees throughout the world might encounter. It highlights key issues and identifies policies and resources to help GB Industrial Battery employees reach decisions that will make GB Industrial Battery proud.

Responsibility and Accountability

As GB Industrial Battery employees, each of us is responsible for abiding by this Code of Business Conduct and the laws that apply to our work. If you have any questions or concerns about illegal or unethical acts, discuss them with your management or contact the Ethics Line immediately. Failure to abide by this Code and the law will lead to disciplinary measures appropriate to the violation, up to and including dismissal.

Each GB Industrial Battery employee is expected to read the entire Code of Business Conduct. No code can guarantee ethical behavior, though. Only we can.

Additional Responsibilities of Managers

GB Industrial Battery managers are expected to lead according to our standards of ethical conduct, in both words and actions. Managers are responsible for promoting open and honest two-way communications. Managers must be positive activists and role models who show respect and consideration for each of our associates. Managers must diligently look for indications that unethical or illegal conduct has occurred and report it. If you ever have a concern about unethical or illegal activities, you are expected to take appropriate and consistent action, and inform your manager, the Law Department or the Ethics Line.

Table of Contents


Key Beliefs
Purpose of the Code of Business Conduct
Responsibility and Accountability
Additional Responsibilities of Managers

Constant Respect
Safety and Health

Product Quality and Safety
Sales and Marketing
Customer Information
Government Customers

Doing Business with Others
Purchasing Practices

Protecting GB Industrial Battery Assets
Proprietary Information
Inside Information and Securities Trading
Accuracy of Company Records
Recording and Retaining Business Communications
Audits and Investigation

Competitive Information
Fair Competition and Antitrust

Community Service
Personal Community Activities
Communicating with External Audiences

Compliance with the Law
GB Industrial Battery Political Activities
Anti-Corruption Laws
Crossing National Borders

General Guidance
Outside Employment
Board Memberships
Family Members and Close Personal Relationships

Key Beliefs
Ethics Line and Audit Committee Line
Reporting Concerns

We respect the dignity of each GB Industrial Battery employee.


We will treat each other with respect and fairness at all times, just as we wish to be treated ourselves. We will value the difference of diverse individuals from around the world. Employment decisions will be based on business reasons, such as qualifications, talents and achievements, and will comply with local and national employment laws.


Abusive, harassing or offensive conduct is unacceptable, whether verbal, physical or visual. Examples include derogatory comments based on racial or ethnic characteristics and unwelcome sexual advances. We are encouraged to speak out if a co-worker's conduct makes us uncomfortable and to report harassment if it occurs.


We are all responsible for maintaining a safe workplace by following safety and health rules and practices. We are responsible for immediately reporting accidents, injuries and unsafe equipment, practices or conditions to a supervisor or other designated person. GB Industrial Battery is committed to keeping its workplaces free from hazards.

To protect the safety of all employees, each of us must report to work free from the influence of any substance that could prevent us from conducting work activities safely and effectively.

Threats or acts of violence or physical intimidation are prohibited. Back to table of contents

We earn customer loyalty by delivering on our promises.


Maintaining GBs valuable reputation requires complying with our quality processes and safety requirements. We damage our good name if we ship products or deliver services that fail to live up to GB Industrial Battery standards.


We will build long-term relationships with our customers by demonstrating honesty and integrity. Our marketing and advertising will be accurate and truthful. Deliberately misleading messages, omissions of important facts or false claims about our competitors' offerings are unacceptable.

We will obtain business legally and ethically. Bribes or kickbacks are unacceptable. Guidance on customer gifts, travel and entertainment is in the Conflicts of Interest section of this Code.


We must protect customer information that is sensitive, private or confidential - just as carefully as we protect our own. Only those who have a need to know should have access to confidential information.


We must take special care to comply with all legal and contractual obligations in dealing with governments. National and local governments around the world have specific and varied procurement laws and regulations that have been established to protect the public interest. These laws generally prohibit or put strict limits on gifts, entertainment and travel offered to government officials. They also often apply to the hiring of current or recently retired officials and their families and to any conduct that may be viewed as improperly influencing objective decision-making. Many other laws strictly govern accounting and billing practices for fulfilling government contracts and subcontracts.

These laws apply to GB Industrial Battery and all GB Industrial Battery employees worldwide. When GB Industrial Battery uses suppliers or subcontractors to fulfill our commitments; we also may be responsible for communicating these unique governmental requirements to those third parties. GB Industrial Battery employees who deal with government officials and contracts are responsible for knowing and complying with applicable laws and regulations. Back to table of contents

quality relationships with other companies gives GB Industrial Battery a competitive advantage.


We will not do business with others who are likely to harm GBs reputation. For example, we will avoid doing business with others who intentionally and continually violate the law. These laws include, for example, local environmental, employment, safety and anti-corruption statutes. All arrangements with third parties must comply with GB Industrial Battery policy and the law. We will not use a third party to perform any act prohibited by law or by the GB Industrial Battery Code of Business Conduct.

Agents and Consultants
Commission rates or fees paid to dealers, distributors, agents, finders or consultants must be reasonable in relation to the value of the product or work that is actually being done, consistent with law, policy and local practice. We will not pay commissions or fees that we have reason to believe will become bribes.

Subcontractors play a vital role in fulfilling many of our contracts. In some cases, the subcontractor is highly visible to our customers. That is why it is very important to ensure that our subcontractors preserve and strengthen GBs reputation by acting consistently with our Code of Business Conduct.

Joint Ventures and Alliances
GB Industrial Battery strives to ally with companies that share our commitment to ethics. We will work to make the standards of our joint ventures compatible with our own.


Purchasing decisions must be made based solely on GBs best interests. Suppliers win GB Industrial Battery business based on product or service suitability, price, delivery and quality. Purchasing agreements should be documented and clearly identify the services or products to be provided, the basis for earning payment and the applicable rate or fee. The amount of payment must be commensurate with the services or products provided. Back to table of contents

We will treat the investment of our shareholders as if it were our own.


We have a responsibility to protect the GB Industrial Battery assets entrusted to us from loss, damage, misuse or theft. GB Industrial Battery assets, such as funds, products or computers, may only be used for business purposes and other purposes approved by management. GB Industrial Battery assets may never be used for purposes that violate law or company policy.


We will safeguard all proprietary information by marking information accordingly, keeping it secure, and limiting access to those who have a need to know to do their jobs. Proprietary information includes any information that is not generally known to the public and is helpful to GB Industrial Battery or would be helpful to competitors. It also includes proprietary information that suppliers, customers and others have entrusted to us. The obligation to preserve proprietary information continues even after employment ends.


GB Industrial Battery employees are not allowed to trade in securities or any other kind of property based on material information that comes from their jobs, if that information has not been reported publicly. It is against the laws of many countries, including the U.S., to trade or to "tip" others who might make an investment decision based on inside job information. For example, using non-public information to buy or sell GB Industrial Battery stock, options in GB Industrial Battery stock or the stock of a GB Industrial Battery supplier or customer is prohibited.


To make responsible business decisions, we require honest and accurate recording and reporting of information. This includes such data as quality, safety and personnel records, as well as all financial records.

All financial books, records and accounts must accurately reflect transactions and events and must conform both to required accounting principles and to GBs system of internal controls. No false or artificial entries may be made. When a payment is made, it can be used only for the purpose spelled out on the supporting document.


All business records and communications should be clear, truthful and accurate. Business records and communications often become public through litigation, government investigations and the media. We will avoid exaggeration, colorful language, guesswork, legal conclusions, and derogatory remarks or characterizations of people and companies. This applies to communications of all kinds, including e-mail and informal notes or memos. Records must be retained and destroyed according to GBs record-retention policies.


GB Industrial Battery employees are required to fully cooperate with all audits and investigations as requested by the company. We will also cooperate with reasonable requests for information from government agencies and regulators and consult with the Law Department before responding to any non-routine requests. All information provided must be truthful and accurate. We will not conceal, alter or destroy documents or records in response to an investigation or other lawful request. Back to table of contents

We compete aggressively and with integrity.


We must never use any illegal or unethical methods to gather competitive information. Stealing proprietary information, possessing trade secret information that was obtained without the owner's consent or inducing such disclosures by past or present employees of other companies is prohibited.

If information is obtained by mistake that may constitute a trade secret or confidential information of another business, or if we have questions about the legality of information gathering, we should consult the Law Department.


GB Industrial Battery and all our employees are required to comply with the antitrust and unfair competition laws of the many countries in which we do business. These laws are complex and vary considerably from country to country. They generally concern:

Agreements with competitors that harm customers, including price fixing, bid rigging and agreements not to compete for customers or contracts.

Agreements that unreasonably limit the freedom of a customer or supplier to sell a product, including establishing the resale price of a product or service or improperly conditioning the sale of products, technologies or services on an agreement to buy other GB Industrial Battery products and services.

Attempts to monopolize, for example, by abusing a dominant position in the market unfairly to prevent others from competing.

GB Industrial Battery employees who question whether an action may violate competition laws should talk to the Law Department. Back to table of contents

As a global corporate citizen, GB Industrial Battery creates products and provides services that benefit people around the world.


We serve society by providing life-enhancing products and services at a fair price, and by actively supporting the communities in which we operate. GB Industrial Battery, the GB Industrial Battery Foundation and GB Industrial Battery employees throughout the world provide generous financial and voluntary support to thousands of worthwhile community programs.


GB Industrial Battery employees are free to support community, charity and political organizations and causes of their choice, as long as they make it clear that their views and actions are not those of GB Industrial Battery Employees' outside activities must not interfere with job performance.

No GB Industrial Battery employee may pressure another employee to express a view that is contrary to a personal belief, or to contribute to or support political, religious or charitable causes.


We respect the environment by complying with all applicable environmental laws in all countries in which we conduct operations. GB Industrial Battery is committed to protecting the environment by minimizing the environmental impact of our operations and operating our businesses in ways that foster sustainable use of the world's natural resources. GB Industrial Battery employees must comply with GBs environmental policies and programs. Notify management if hazardous materials come into contact with the environment or are improperly handled or discarded.


GB Industrial Battery will provide fair, accurate, timely and easy to understand information to the public. To ensure professional and consistent handling, requests from the media should be forwarded to the local communications group or Corporate Communications. Unfortunately, many well-intentioned interviewees have had their stories misinterpreted by reporters. Let the experts handle such situations.

Requests from financial analysts and shareholders must be forwarded to Investor Relations. Back to table of contents


As a responsible citizen, it is our obligation to obey the law.


GB Industrial Battery employees around the world must comply with all applicable laws and regulations wherever we do business. Perceived pressures from supervisors or demands due to business conditions are no excuse for violating the law. When we have any questions or concerns about the legality of an action, we are responsible for checking with management, the Law Department or the Ethics Line.


No GB Industrial Battery employee may, except with approval from the Government Relations Office, make any political contribution for GB Industrial Battery or use GBs name, funds, property, equipment or services for the support of political parties, initiatives, committees or candidates. This includes any contribution of value. Lobbying activities or government contacts on behalf of GB Industrial Battery, other than sales activities, should be coordinated with the Government Relations Office.


GB Industrial Battery complies with the anti-corruption treaties and laws of the countries in which it does business, including the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), which applies to its global business. GB Industrial Battery employees will not directly or indirectly offer or make a corrupt payment to government officials, including employees of state-owned enterprises. These requirements apply both to GB Industrial Battery employees and agents, such as third-party sales representatives (TPSRs), no matter where they are doing business. If you are authorized to engage agents, make sure that they are reputable and require them to agree in writing to GBs standards in this area.


When importing or exporting products, services, information or technology, GB Industrial Battery complies with applicable U.S. and other national laws, regulations and restrictions. When we travel internationally on company business, we are subject to laws governing what we import and export. GB Industrial Battery employees are responsible for knowing the laws that pertain to them and for checking with their import/export compliance manager when in doubt. Back to table of contents

We make business decisions based on the best interests of GB Industrial Battery


Business decisions and actions must be based on the best interests of GB Industrial Battery and must not be motivated by personal considerations or relationships. Relationships with prospective or existing suppliers, contractors, customers, competitors or regulators must not affect our independent and sound judgment on behalf of GB Industrial Battery General guidelines to help GB Industrial Battery employees better understand common situations that may cause a conflict of interest are listed below. However, GB Industrial Battery employees are required to disclose any situation that may be, or appear to be, a conflict of interest, in accordance with policy. When in doubt, it is best to disclose.


GB Industrial Battery employees may not work for or receive payments for services from any competitor, customer, distributor or supplier of GB Industrial Battery without approval in accordance with policy. Any outside activity must be strictly separated from GB Industrial Battery employment and should not harm job performance at GB Industrial Battery Skills learned and used at GB Industrial Battery must not be used in a way that could hurt the business of GB Industrial Battery


Serving on a board of directors or similar body for an outside company or government agency requires advance approval in accordance with policy. Helping the community by serving on boards of non-profit or community organizations is encouraged and does not require prior approval.


We may not use personal influence to get GB Industrial Battery to do business with a company in which our family members or friends have an interest. We should disclose any close relationship that might make it appear we could favor another company to the detriment of GBs interests.


GB Industrial Battery employees may not allow their investments to influence, or appear to influence, their independent judgment on behalf of GB Industrial Battery. This could happen in many ways, but it is most likely to create the appearance of a conflict of interest if a GB Industrial Battery employee has an investment in a competitor, supplier, customer or distributor and his decisions may have a business impact on this outside party. If there is any doubt about how an investment might be perceived, it should be disclosed to management.

We are also prohibited from directly or indirectly buying, or otherwise acquiring rights to any property or materials, when we know that GB Industrial Battery may be interested in pursuing such an opportunity and the information is not public.


Gifts are not always physical objects. They also may be services, favors, loans or other items of value.

Gifts to GB Industrial Battery employees
GB Industrial Battery employees don't accept kickbacks, lavish gifts or gratuities. We can accept items of nominal value, such as small promotional items bearing another company's name. We will not accept anything that might make it appear that our judgment for GB Industrial Battery would be compromised as a result. We may not accept special or reduced-rate personal loans as a result of our positions with GB Industrial Battery

In rare situations, it would be impractical or harmful to refuse or return a gift. If this happens, discuss the situation with management.

Gifts Given by GB Industrial Battery
Some business situations call for giving gifts. GBs gifts must be legal, reasonable and approved by management. GB Industrial Battery employees never pay bribes.

Gift-giving practices vary among cultures. Our local gift policies and guidelines address this.

We will not provide any gift if it is prohibited by law or the policy of the recipient's organization. For example, the employees of many government entities around the world are prohibited from accepting gifts. If in doubt, check first.


Entertainment includes a representative of both parties at an event.

Entertainment of GB Industrial Battery employees
We may accept entertainment that is reasonable in the context of the business and that advances the company's interests. For example, accompanying a business associate to a local cultural or sporting event, or to a business meal would be acceptable in most cases.

Entertainment that is lavish or frequent may appear to influence our independent judgment on behalf of GB Industrial Battery If an invitation seems inappropriate, we must turn down the offer or pay the true value of the entertainment ourselves. Accepting entertainment that may appear inappropriate should be discussed with management, in advance if possible.

Entertainment by GB Industrial Battery
We may provide entertainment that is reasonable in the context of the business. If we have a concern about whether providing entertainment is appropriate, we will discuss it with management in advance.

Entertainment of government officials may be prohibited by law. Get approval from management in each instance.


Acceptance of Travel Expenses
GB Industrial Battery employees may accept transportation and lodging provided by a GB Industrial Battery supplier or other third party if the trip is for business and is approved in advance by the employee's supervisor. All travel accepted must be accurately recorded in our travel expense records.

Providing Travel
Unless prohibited by law or the policy of the recipient's organization, GB Industrial Battery may pay the transportation and lodging expenses incurred by customers, agents or suppliers, if for a legitimate business purpose and approved by management.

All travel by government officials that is sponsored or paid for by GB Industrial Battery must be approved in advance by management and the Office of Ethics and Compliance, in accordance with policy. Back to table of contents


Have questions about the GB Industrial Battery Code of Business Conduct? The first place to turn is to your supervisor or manager. If you're uncomfortable discussing the issue with your supervisor, please talk to another member of management, Human Resources, the Law Department or the GB Industrial Battery Ethics Line. Our open door policy means you can approach any level of management with your concerns. Our Web site includes a number of interpretative policies that may help clarify your situation.


It would be wonderful if the right thing to do were always perfectly clear. In the real world of business, however, things are not always obvious. If you find yourself in a situation where the "right thing" is unclear or doing the right thing is difficult, remember our key beliefs.

Does my action reflect GBs key beliefs
of integrity and respect?

To GB Industrial Battery employees? To customers?
To business partners, competitors and shareholders?
To the government? To the public?

If you wouldn't want your action
to be reported in the media,
it's probably not the right thing to do.








Copyright GB Industrial Battery 1996, 2006. All rights reserved.


Last Updated: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 6:45 P.M. Pacific Time.





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