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MILITARY FORESTS
AND ESTATES OF THE SR, SOE

The organization Military Forests and Estates was founded on 1st January 1993 by the separation of the Slovak branch from the federal enterprise Military Forests and Estates, SOE, Praha. The state-owned enterprise is a specific organization of the Ministry of Defence. Its main task is the economic exploitation of forest and agricultural land in the military districts and military facilities in accordance with the priorities of the army.

The state enterprise is a modern company able to meet the specified tasks at the professional level. In the centre of its interest is the protection of man and the environment with focus on the balance renewal between human activities and quality of the environment.

The Company draws on professionalism and experience acquired during the years of its existence; it uses the experiences to contribute to the economic and social development in the forestry sector in Slovakia.

The Company seeks to achieve all the above mentioned attributes based on ethical attitudes and proper relations as defined in this Code of Ethics. The Code of Ethics should be mainly regarded as an internal corporate manual, which is binding for all employees working with the company. It represents the efforts and dedication to work and abide by the highest standards of corporate and business ethics and the applicable legislation. This Code should apply without distinction to all employees. All employees are required to comply with ethical principles and in the event of infringement, they will face the consequences of their conduct.

The main reason for developing the Code of Ethics was:

  • To eliminate improper practices that cause the loss of popularity of the company,
  • To define the policy of the Company in delicate situations,
  • To empower the corporate discipline,
  • To positively motivate the employees by enforcing their awareness of working in an ethical environment with clear rules that are applied equally to everybody.

PRINCIPLES OF THE CODE OF ETHICS

Relations at Workplace

Relations at work are based on transparency, open communication, mutual trust and respect. The principles of honesty, fairness, justice, responsibility and respect for fundamental human rights are an essential part of the Code and they also apply to the below mentioned relations (supplier-customer relations, relations with state and public institutions as well as relations with the competition).

Employees protect the Company's reputation and its interests. They do not enrich themselves at the expense of the company. Intellectual and material property of the Company is protected. They use it solely for business purposes unless stated otherwise. The employee has the right to express their opinion without any consequences or sanctions.

The employee is obliged to inform the Company about important facts concerning the business activities of the Company, should these have a negative impact on its further activities and development of the Company.

The state enterprise considers concealing such information to be immoral. All information related to the Company's operation should be regarded as strictly confidential.


Safety at work

  • Employees must follow all the safety rules of the Company as well as safety rules defined by the Slovak legislation. The Company organizes training of their employees and expects compliance with all regulations. The breach of the rules is a violation of workplace discipline.

Discrimination

  • Women and men have the right to equal treatment in terms of employment, remuneration and promotion, vocational training and working conditions.
  • Working conditions for women are provided with regard to their physiological condition and in relation to their maternal social role; conditions for women and men are provided with regard to their parental roles in the upbringing and education of children.
  • These rights are their unalienable rights applicable without any limitations and direct or indirect discrimination based on sex, marital status, race, colour, language, age, unfavourable health condition or disability, belief or religion, political or other opinion, trade union activity, national or social origin, nationality or ethnic origin, property, birth or other status, unless stipulated by law or if the performance of work on substantive grounds, such as aptitudes or requirements and the nature of work which the employee is to perform.

Sexual harassment

  • Inappropriate behaviour of sexual nature or other sex-based behaviour which affects the dignity of women and men at work, including the behaviour of superiors and colleagues, is unacceptable and inadmissible.
  • Harassment is a kind of a behaviour, which leads or can lead to intimidation, shame, humiliation, or insult of an individual person. Such behaviour is or may be the cause of interference with freedom and human dignity.

Employee motivation

  • The Company seeks to properly motivate its employees. The fundamental objective of the motivation is to achieve a sustainable and high level of their performance. Properly motivated employees are essential for the company; they contribute to the development of the company. The Company emphasises the role of education and development of knowledge, skills and abilities of its employees.

Supplier - Customer Relations

Professional, correct and polite supplier-customer relations are extremely important for the further development of the Company. These relations must be free of any discrimination or preferential treatment of one party over the other. They are based on the fulfilment of pre-agreed terms and conditions and rules.

Information concerning the supplier-customer relations are not provided to the third parties. They are considered to be the trade secret, and are therefore protected. Their disclosure is sanctioned.


Relations with the State and Public Institutions

The Company is governed by the generally applicable legal rules, norms and laws of the Slovak Republic. It closely cooperates with the city and the region on joint projects and supports their activities consistent with the policies and interests of the Company. The Company is committed to provide timely and accurate information, due paid taxes, does not intentionally commit tax evasion, and follows all relevant laws in force against money laundering.


Relations with the Competition

The Company respects the laws that regulate the competitive conditions. The relation to the competition is honest, in accordance with the principles of morality and for the sake of preserving the reputation. In negotiations, all competitors are treated equally.


Conflict of Interest

Employees should not engage in activities that constitute a conflict of interest. The employee must inform their employer of the fact that their family member is an employee or employer / owner of a competitor or a company with a similar line of business.


Social Responsibility of the Company

Since its establishment, the state enterprise has been focusing on the community in which it operates, as well as on the environment. It seeks to develop activities within these fields and be socially responsible. The Company takes care of continual development of standards of living within the community it operates. Our employees are the main instruments of communication. Social responsibility is a condition of thinking in our Company and the way of transforming ideas into reality.


Environment

  • The Company pays particular attention to the protection of the environment and supports environmental education by many activities as well as by responsible environmental behaviour.

General Principles

The Code of Ethics is an internal corporate manual binding for all employees who work with the Company. It represents the efforts and dedication to work and abide by the highest standards of corporate and business ethics and the applicable legislation.

This Code of Ethics applies without distinction to all employees. All employees are required to comply with ethical principles and in the event of infringement they should face the consequences of their conduct.

In the case of any doubt about the Code of Ethics, each employee has the right to ask the Personnel Department for clarification.

Each employee is obliged to report any unethical conduct of another employee to the supervisor, who has to decide on the method of solving the problem.

ACTUAL INFORMATION

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MILITARY FORESTS AND ESTATES OF THE SLOVAK REPUBLIC, SOE

The state-owned enterprise (SOE) with the seat in Pliešovce was founded after the splitting of Czechoslovakia in 1993. The company was established to saturate the needs for the effective and ecological forest and farmland management on the military training areas of Slovakia. The company manages the area of 65 431 ha of forest land with an annual timber extraction of about 300,000 m3. State-owned enterprise (SOE) consists of Directorate General and three branch offices based in Malacky, Kezmarok and Kamenica nad Cirochou.

G.D. Pliešovce
Lesnícka 23, 962 63 Pliešovce

Tel.: +421 45 5306 101
Fax: +421 45 5306 102
Email: sekretariat@vlm.sk

B.O. Malacky
Zámocká 7, 901 01 Malacky

Tel.: +421 34 7954 202
Fax: +421 34 7954 205
Email: sekretariat.ma@vlm.sk

B.O. Kežmarok
Gen. Štefánika 26, 065 03 Podolínec

Tel.: +421 52 4663 601
Fax: +421 52 4663 612
Email: sekretariat.kk@vlm.sk

B.O. Kamenica nad Cirochou
Osloboditeľov 131, 067 83 Kamenica nad Cirochou

Tel.: +421 57 7590 501
Fax: +421 57 7590 500
Email: sekretariat.kc@vlm.sk

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