These excerpts taken from the AAPL 10-K filed Dec 19, 2003.
Apple is committed to integrity in all of its dealings with employees, customers, and the general public.
Voluntary disclosures. In accordance with Apples commitment to an effective relationship with its customers, it is the Apples policy to make voluntary disclosures, when appropriate, of problems affecting corporate relationships with any client, including any government body, and to cooperate with the appropriate government agency in any resulting investigation or audit. Any Apple employee who becomes aware of possible violations of any Apple policy or practice, or of any applicable law, rule, or regulation affecting Apples business, must notify his or her manager or the Human Resources Department, as appropriate, and the Apple Law Department. The Apple Law Department must also be notified immediately of any government inquiry, investigation, audit, or other legal notice.
To be sure Apple is meeting its obligations, particularly in dealing with government customers, employees need to understand the numerous rules and regulations that apply to their job duties. Employees should consult their managers or the Human Resources Department, as appropriate, and the Apple Law Department for guidance on Apples and the employees obligations.
Report Inappropriate Behavior. Employees are required to report any conduct they believe to be inconsistent with Apples policies or standards, or inconsistent with Apples obligations to the government. Reports will be handled confidentially, on a need to know basis, so that no employee experiences retaliation for bringing these matters to the attention of Apple management, the Human Resources Department, the Apple Law Department or to members of the Audit & Finance Committee of the Board of Directors. Apple employees should refer to Apples internal Web site for procedures for reporting inappropriate behavior.
Apple expects its employees, and those of Apples subsidiary corporations, worldwide, to comply with all Apple ethical and business principles, as well as all policies, to rely on their own high standards and reasoned evaluation in ambiguous situations, and to seek the advice and counsel of Apple management, the Human Resources Department, or the Apple Law Department to clarify issues not covered by this policy or good judgment. These principles and policies are based in part on various laws. Violations of those laws may result in civil and criminal penalties for Apple and its employees. Therefore, Apple will take appropriate action, which may include termination of employment or other business relationship, or legal action, or referral to law enforcement authorities.
Apple is committed to integrity in all of its dealings with employees,
To be sure Apple is meeting its obligations, particularly in dealing
Apple expects its employees, and those of Apples subsidiary