In the course of performing your duties, you may, from time to time, be placed in a position of trust and confidence in which you receive or contribute to the creation of confidential and/or proprietary information relative to the operations of The Company. Because the markets in which we conduct our business activities are extremely competitive, our continued success in these markets depends directly on our ability to protect such confidential and/or proprietary information from unauthorized disclosure or use.
This confidential and/or proprietary information includes, but is not limited to: business, manufacturing, marketing, legal and accounting methods; salaries, policies, plans, procedures, strategies and techniques; information concerning our Company’s earnings, production volumes and methods for doing business; research and development projects, plans and results; trade secrets (e.g., formulas, methods, processes and specifications) and technical information; the names and addresses of The Company’s employees, vendors, suppliers, customers and potential customers; customer lists; pricing, credit and financial information; and any other data or information relating to the business of The Company which is not known generally by and readily accessible to the public.
You may use and/or disclose confidential and/or proprietary information only with authorization of Senior Management and only as necessary to further The Company’s interests. You may not use or disclose confidential and/or proprietary information, either during your employment or after its termination, regardless of the reason, for personal gain or for any purpose which is inconsistent with the interests of The Company.
The use or disclosure of confidential and/or proprietary information in violation of this Policy will result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination of your employment with our Company. The use or disclosure of confidential and/or proprietary information in violation of this Policy subsequent to the termination of the employment relationship may result in legal prosecution.