CODE OF CONDUCT
 

Preamble:

SAPPMA (Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association) is a voluntary self-regulating Association incorporated under the laws of
South Africa as a Section 21 Company and represents plastics pipe manufacturers and other stakeholders in the value chain.
The members of SAPPMA agree to bind themselves to this Code of Conduct, the Memorandum of Incorporation and the production and
marketing of highest quality products.

Objectives of this Code:

  1. To ensure members only produce and market top quality products, fully compliant to all relevant standards and specifications
  2. To promote and ensure ethical business activities in all areas of operation
  3. To differentiate between quality producers and others
Objectives of the Association:
  1. To promote and monitor the best possible quality of plastic pipe products produced, marketed and sold by its members
  2. To promote ethical business activities in all areas of operation of member companies
  3. To encourage compliance with the relevant national and international standards and specifications within the plastic pipe
    industry
  4. To play a key role in upgrading and amending existing standards and specifications, or develop new standards applicable to the
    plastic pipe industry
  5. To provide technical design information to the plastic pipe industry by way of consultations, conferences and technical
    literature
  6. To work towards the long-term sustainability of the plastics pipe industry in Southern Africa
  7. To act as a forum and voice for and within the plastic pipe industry
Members shall:
  1. Be listed under the ISO 9001:2008 scheme, or at least pass a special SAPPMA systems audit. In any event should members work
    to achieve ISO 9001
  2. Comply with all requirements of relevant national product standards that are recognized by the Association
  3. Comply with all internal standards and requirements in addition to the above, which might be introduced into SAPPMA by mutual
    agreement
  4. Not supply counterfeit products and pay due regard to trade mark, copyright, patent ownership and all other intellectual property
    rights
  5. Maintain the highest ethical standards and refrain from negative marketing, misleading advertising or the spreading of rumours
    about competitors or their products
  6. Comply with all national and local laws and regulations, including environmental laws or regulations
  7. Refrain from any form of corruption with customers, suppliers, competitors, legal authorities and any other persons
  8. Refrain from any anti-competitive behavior, including the fixing of prices or other trading conditions, the division of markets through the allocation of customers, suppliers, territories or types of goods, or collusive tendering
  9. Maintain the highest ethical standards in all areas of operation
  10. Allow all SAPPMA factory audits, whether announced or unannounced, including sampling and testing of products
  11. Suspect quality encountered in the market should be factually brought to the attention of SAPPMA who will have supplied
    samples independently tested
  12. Pay the prescribed membership fees within the stipulated or agreed period, failing which action might be taken in terms of
    clause 1.5.4.2 of the SAPPMA MOI

Regulation:

Any complaint that a SAPPMA member is in breach of this Code of Conduct shall be reported to the SAPPMA CEO for investigation.
Non-compliance with this Code of Conduct may lead to expulsion from SAPPMA, as outlined below (refer to clause 1.5.4.2 of the SAPPMA MOI)

Disciplinary steps:

a) Letter or e-mail to member, allowing reasonable time to rectify
b) Temporary suspension (6 months) and published on SAPPMA website
c) Suspension (12 months, plus re-application) and published on SAPPMA website
d) Arbitration Committee: Chairman of the Board, CEO, 1 Board Member (not invloved in the case), Audit Manager

Arbitration Committee:
Chairman of the Board, Board Member*, CEO, Audit Manager
(* Not being involved in the case)

By signing this document Members agree to abide by its contents.
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