When applying to become a trusted partner, you will be agreeing with the Southern Company Compliance Principles outlined below. These principles are a summary of the actual governing terms and conditions contained in our contracts.
Discrimination or harassment of any kind or character, based on race, gender, color, religion, age, national origin, disability, or veteran status, including but not limited to conduct or language derogatory to any individual that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment, will not be tolerated. Specific examples include, but are not limited to, jokes, pranks, epithets, written or graphic material, or hostility or aversion toward any individual or group.
Suppliers/contractors are expected to comply with all applicable immigration laws, including the Immigration Act of 1990.
Any conduct or acts such as threats or violence that creates a hostile, abusive, or intimidating work environment will not be tolerated. Examples of such inappropriate behaviors include, but are not limited to fighting, abusive language, inappropriate signage, use or possession of firearms on Company property, and destruction of Company or Company employee property. Any person who makes a substantial threat, exhibits threatening behavior, or engages in violent acts is subject to immediate removal from Company property and may be subject to further actions, including referral for criminal prosecution.
If a supplier's representative observes a purchaser employee doing or is ever asked by a purchaser employee to do something the supplier's representative considers to be unethical, illegal, or in violation of these behavior standards, purchaser expects supplier to notify purchaser management immediately or call Southern Company Workplace Ethics at 1-800-754-9452.
The use of the Company's computers, email, telephone or voice-mail system, that in any way involves material that is obscene, pornographic, sexually oriented, threatening, or otherwise derogatory or offensive to any individual, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, or veteran status, is prohibited.
Suppliers and Contractors are expected to meet their responsibility for assuring the safety and health of their employees and to protect the environment. The Company will choose and retain suppliers and/or contractors who consistently perform in compliance with these expectations.
All individuals are prohibited from possessing, selling, distributing, using, or being under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs on Company property. Supplier or contractor employees may be required to submit to a urinalysis, breath analysis, blood test or other appropriate test to identify the presence of drugs, alcohol, or hallucinogens.
The engagement in any activity that creates a conflict of interest or appearance of the same, or that jeopardizes the integrity of Company or Contractor, is prohibited. This includes providing gifts, gratuities, events, and trips to Company employees that are not part of a reasonable business relationship.