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Woodbridge’s commitment to social responsibility is embedded in our corporate culture, corporate policies, related standards, Code of Business Conducts and Ethics, and the way that we do business and interact with our communities.

Our Corporate Social Responsibility program includes the following five pillars:

Environmental Sustainability

As a manufacturing company, we understand the need to minimize the impact of our operations and products on the environment.

We are committed to sustainability by continuously improving our technologies and reducing precious resource consumption. Our strategy is to expand our green technologies by developing environmentally-friendly materials and technologies to build lightweight component products for better vehicle fuel economy and reduced emissions.

Woodbridge believes that protection of the natural environment is of utmost concern in the operation of our business. We strive to have everyone within the organization take responsibility to comply with all applicable environmental laws, regulations, and standards in our product development and manufacturing activities. It is the policy of the Company to actively pursue process innovation and fundamental research to prevent environmental pollution through the reduction and elimination of all forms of waste from our operations, including the reduction of energy consumption and the resultant release of greenhouse gas emissions. Our commitment to the environment can be seen in:


Community Involvement

Woodbridge believes that each and every person can and should have a positive impact on the world.

Woodbridge Cares is a global initiative aimed at inspiring all our teammates to contribute to the communities in which we operate through volunteerism and philanthropy. This global effort aims to empower individual teammates, larger teams, entire locations, and all regions to develop initiatives that hold special meaning for them. Woodbridge Cares looks to reach out at a grassroots level and inspire teammates to get involved and feel good about contributing to their local communities.

The Woodbridge Cares Community Involvement Committee has the following charter:

“To further our commitment to deliver products in a socially-responsible way, we commit to look at ways we can continue to inspire and give back to the communities where we work and live. The committee will provide guidance and support to our teams regarding local community involvement, volunteerism, and philanthropy.”

Woodbridge Cares has four main principles:


Participation

Improve the communities in which we operate through volunteerism and philanthropy.

  • Start with our own teammates and their families.
  • Expand to our immediate local communities.
  • Participate in worthwhile global initiatives.


Empowerment

Empower and support individual teammates, groups of teammates, locations, and regions to develop initiatives that hold special meaning for them.

  • Adopt a grassroots / local approach.
  • Engage corporate to provide support for those local initiatives.


Inspiration

Track, share, and recognize success stories in order to inspire others.

  • Track dollars, volunteer hours, and impact.
  • Communicate internally and externally.
  • Recognize the accomplishments of individuals, teammates, locations, and regions.


Engagement

Enhance the teammate work experiences through community involvement.

  • Feel good while doing rewarding work for the community.

Our People

At Woodbridge, we believe that our people are our most important resource.

From the beginning, our corporate purpose has set out our aim “to deliver safe workplaces and the profitability required to create and sustain rewarding jobs.” As such, we have been committed to protecting this valuable resource in four important ways:


Safety

Since the formation of the company, teammate safety has unquestionably been Woodbridge’s top priority. This can be seen in:

  • Our core value of Health, Safety, & Environment.
  • Our world-class Health & Safety Management System.


Fairness and Respect

In addition, we are deeply committed to protecting our teammates’ human rights—promoting and ensuring non-discrimination and diversity in the workplace, as evidenced by:

  • Our core value of Respect People & Diversity.
  • Our Workplace Fairness & Respect Policy which provides our teammates with comprehensive protections relating to discrimination and various forms of harassment.
  • Our Equal Employment Opportunities Policy Statement that says, in part, that: “It is the policy of The Woodbridge Group to continue to provide equal employment opportunity to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other protected characteristic.”
  • Our Open-Door Policy, which allows all teammates to take any concerns up the management chain until the issue is resolved.


Teammates’ Rights

Woodbridge is committed to maintaining global working conditions and standards that result in dignified and respectful treatment of all Woodbridge teammates within all our global operating locations. As such, we make the following commitments to our Woodbridge teammates in our Code of Business Conduct and Ethics:

  • Child labor shall not be utilized.
  • Any form of forced or compulsory labor is prohibited.
  • Woodbridge teammates, without fear of reprisal, intimidation, or harassment, have the right to communicate openly with management regarding working conditions.
  • Woodbridge teammates also have the right to associate freely and join labor unions and workers’ councils in accordance with local laws.
  • Woodbridge teammates shall be protected against any form of harassment and discrimination in any form, including but not limited to gender, sex, age, religion, disability, and political beliefs.
  • Woodbridge teammates shall have a safe and healthy workplace that meets or exceeds all applicable standards for occupational health and safety.
  • Woodbridge teammates shall be compensated with wages and benefits that are competitive and comply with local laws, including minimum wages, overtime hours, and legally-mandated benefits.
  • Woodbridge will treat all teammates with dignity and respect.
  • Working hours shall comply with all applicable local laws regulating hours of work.


Youth Employment

We have maintained a longstanding commitment to fostering employment opportunities for young people through, amongst other things, an extensive engineering co-op student program.

Our Code of Business Conduct and Ethics

In addition to complying with all laws, Woodbridge is firmly committed to consistently treating all of our teammates, customers, suppliers, and the communities in which we operate with honesty, integrity, fairness, and respect.

Our Code of Business Conduct and Ethics, “The Woodbridge Way," sets out clear standards of behaviour that we expect of all of our Teammates and contains specific guidance with respect to each of the following:

  • Compliance with Laws
  • Health, Safety, and Environment
  • Respect for People and Human Rights
  • Teammates’ Rights
  • Conducting Business with Honesty, Integrity, Fairness and Respect
  • Open Door Policy
  • Protection of Personal Information
  • Financial Reporting
  • Compliance with Antitrust and Competition laws
  • Use of Confidential Information
  • Company Records
  • Bribery and Corruption
  • Inside Information
  • Conflict of Interest
  • Reporting and Compliance Procedures

In addition, we have implemented comprehensive corporate policies and related standards and procedures that give more specific guidance, including the following:

  • our Global Anti-Bribery and Corruption Policy which provides clear direction regarding the need to avoid bribery and corruption globally;
  • our Competition Law and Antitrust Compliance Policy which requires that all of our Teammates strictly comply with the letter and spirit of all applicable competition laws; and 
  • our Conflict of Interest Policy which requires that all Teammates disclose any potential conflict of interest in their workplace and their related role. 

Our Global Corporate Compliance Committee is responsible for implementing and maintaining our global corporate compliance program, which includes the Code and the above policies. 

Woodbridge's SpeakUp! hotline content https://woodbridgegroup.ethicspoint.com

Woodbridge strives to remain true to our core value of "Respect People and Diversity," which aims to provide all Teammates with meaningful employment, including fair and ethical treatment. Each one of us, regardless of our position, shares the responsibility for creating a positive work environment. One way you can help is by bringing forward your concerns, questions and suggestions to your supervisor, manager or HR representative. In the case where it may not be appropriate to discuss an issue with any of those individuals, you may report the matter to Woodbridge’s General Counsel & Compliance Officer. 

For times when you don’t feel comfortable using that method, Woodbridge has launched the Woodbridge SpeakUp! Hotline, a phone and web-based reporting system that is managed by an independent third party, NAVEX Global. Think of it as another way to communicate your concerns confidentially and anonymously. So you can do your part to build communication and promote safety, security and ethical behavior.

You may report violations of the Code, related policies and standards, or accounting or auditing concerns without fear of retaliation. All submissions, regardless of how they are received, will be handled in a responsible manner and in compliance with applicable law. Woodbridge does not permit retaliation of any kind against Teammates for good faith reports of violations of the Code, related policies and standards, or accounting or auditing concerns.

How does the system work?
You make a report through an independent third party called NAVEX Global. We will treat the report confidentially, only assign it to the appropriate person, and will follow up to make sure it’s being addressed.

What is it for?
Use the system to express concerns, ask questions and offer ideas. Tell us what we’re doing right and what we need to work on. If you’d prefer, you can also remain anonymous.

Who should use it?
Everyone. It’s for all Teammates, regardless of location or position. The system is available in the languages in which we conduct business, via both telephone and internet.

How do I access it?
If you are aware of a violation of the Code of Business Conduct and Ethics, or any related policies or standards, we encourage you to speak to your supervisor or Woodbridge's General Counsel and Compliance Officer.  

Contact information
General Counsel & Compliance Officer: Phone No.: (+1) 905-896-3626, ext. 3445; Email: roland_deschamps@woodbridgegroup.com
Chairman of the Audit Committee: Email: billbiggar@rogers.com

You may also contact the Woodbridge SpeakUp! hotline at any time. You may submit a report at woodbridgegroup.ethicspoint.com or you may call the following toll-free telephone number for your country:

  • United States of America (direct dial): 1-844-668-0785 (Language options: English, Spanish).
  • Canada (direct dial): 1-844-668-0795 (Language options: English, French)
  • Mexico (direct dial): 001-844-284-4829 (Language options: Spanish, English)
  • Brazil (direct dial): 0800-892-0498 (Language options: Portuguese, English)
  • Argentina (direct dial): 0800-444-5346 (Language options: Spanish, English)
  • China (direct dial): 4006612093 (Language options: Mandarin, Cantonese, English)
  • India (direct dial): 000-117 and at the English prompt, dial 844-668-0785 (Language options: Hindi, English)
  • Japan (direct dial): 0120-921-152 (Language options: Japanese, English)
  • Australia (direct dial): 1-800-270-638 (Language option: English)

The hotline is administered by an independent outside company and is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You may report your concerns anonymously or not. Either way, rest assured that we prohibit anyone from taking retaliation against any Teammate who reports genuine concerns in good faith. 


Woodbridge Code of Business Conduct and Ethics

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Our Supply Chain

Woodbridge works closely with its supply base to ensure that its principles regarding working conditions, business conduct, and diversity sourcing are shared by its suppliers. All Woodbridge suppliers are required to comply with Woodbridge’s Code of Business Conduct and Ethics and its Global Anti-Bribery and Corruption Policy and all applicable federal, provincial, state and local laws, ordinance, rules, codes, standards, and regulations.


Suppliers

Woodbridge is committed to maintaining global working conditions and standards that result in dignified and respectful treatment of all teammates within all our global operating locations, as well as those of our supply chain. Our expectations of our suppliers are clearly laid out in our Standard Terms and Conditions and our Supplier Requirements Manual. In particular, we expect that our suppliers will have appropriate policies, procedures, and systems in place to support the standards outlined in our Code of Business Conduct and Ethics.


Diversity Sourcing

We have committed to the sourcing of goods and services from minority and women-owned businesses and have established a Diversity Supplier Development Council which is charged with the responsibility of developing and administering the Diversity Supplier Development Program.

Our Diversity Supplier Development Policy states that:
“It is the policy of Woodbridge to encourage opportunities for minority and women-owned business organizations in order to promote economic development. Woodbridge recognizes its responsibilities to the customers that it serves and the communities in which it conducts its business. The sourcing of goods and services from minority- and women-owned businesses must be a function of our routine purchasing practices at all levels of our organization. No potential supplier will be precluded from consideration on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, or national origin. Every Woodbridge teammate who is delegated the responsibility of either directly or indirectly expending corporate funds for the purchase of goods or services is charged with the task of adhering to this policy.” 

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