CODE OF CONDUCT | 9 4. Dealing with external partners 4.1. Fair and respectful conduct We always treat customers, suppliers and authorities fairly and respectfully. 4.2. Fair competition We are committed to fair competition by adhering to competition law as well as the antitrust law. For our employees this means consultations/agreements with competitors, in particular as regards prices, capacities, submitting bogus bids or non-competition are strictly forbidden. We expect our business partners to also ensure fair competition on their own responsibility. The services of our suppliers and transport partners are paid promptly and in line with the market in order to guarantee that their employees will be paid accordingly and conforming to the law. 4.3. Anti-corruption We want to acquire our customers exclusively through the quality of our products and services. All employees are therefore strictly forbidden to promise or give monetary payments, inappropriate gifts, other advantages or preferential treatment to a third party that (may) make the WALTER GROUP company anti-competitive. By third party, we mean in particular suppliers, customers, authorities, lobbyists and private individuals. Similarly employees are not permitted to gain advantages from their position in the company. Non-observance of this stipulation is considered to be a deliberate violation of company interests.