Febin vzw Code of conduct on compliance of competition law


Febin vzw belgian’s Diy suppliers trade association claims to be effective in gathering and disseminating   appropriate  sector information   as  well  as in representing the industry to the public, government officials and agencies. Furthermore, Febin   support s its  members  to produce better and safer products.

However, Febin vzw and its Board members and daily management will not use the federation as a forum for illegal collusion between suppliers and or competitors, for example by facilitating price fixing,  market and customer allocation arrangements.


Febin has this strict code of conduct for it’s board members, daily management and members, stated in the following guidelines:

Matters which will never be discussed amongst competitors and other suppliers , at any official meeting or social gathering or board meeting.

- territorial restrictions, allocation of customers, restrictions on types of products, or
   any other kind of market division;
- individual company prices, price changes, conditions of sale (including payment   
  terms and periods of guarantee), price differentials, discounts;
- general market conditions and general industry problems, including industry pricing                  
   policies or patterns, price levels, or industry production; capacity, or inventories  
  (including planned or -anticipated changes regarding those matters), except to the
  extent necessary to achieve legitimate objectives of the trade association as stated
   above
- individual production or distribution costs, cost accounting formulas, methods of
   computing costs;
- individual company figures on market shares, sources of supply, production; 
   information as to future plans of individual companies concerning technology,
   production, marketing and sales; and matters relating to individual suppliers,
  distributors or customers.

Matters which may be discussed :

Febin will stimulate and promote the exchange of information on  non-confidential technical and promotional issues relevant to the industry, including issues relating to technology in general, health, safety and environmental matters, technical standards, transportation hazards and regulations, quality control issues and new and proposed legislation.


Concering Trade industry statistics and market data :

Febin as a federation will do all its possible , to ensure that  an independent company,  or  at the  very  least  a team of trade association staff unconnected with any of its members, collects and disseminates the information without identification of the company who submitted it; the participants submitting their data do not disclose that information to other participants, in order to maintain complete confidentiality of the individual data submitted; the data collated and disseminated is aggregated data which does not allow the identification of an  individual participant; and the information relates to historic data only and does not include future data.

 
Code of conduct in Febin meetings as a trade association :

The following rules apply in connection with trade association meetings:

Febin makes sure that an agenda will be circulated for review in advance of the meeting. Every participant is free to comment on that agenda and make objections on whatever agenda item.
Febin will not instigate to informal commercial discussions of any kind before or after meetings.
Febin organizes that detailed notes of the meeting will be taken and every member of the meeting has the right to make objections made in writing in the minutes against  any  deviation  from the agenda which would go into  prohibited legal discussions of its member areas.
Members have at all moments the right to withdraw from the meetings if they want. If they would do so they have the right to have the reason for leaving well recorded in writing in the minutes.