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Code of Business Conduct

Employees are required to abide by H.B. Fuller’s Code of Business Conduct.

Supply Chain Transparency 

H.B. Fuller Company does not knowingly purchase goods or services produced using forced labor, child labor or in violation of any applicable local labor laws. Our standard purchase order requires that our suppliers comply with all applicable Federal, State or Local Laws, Rules, Regulations, Ordinances and Executive Orders. Employees are required to abide by H.B. Fuller’s Code of Business Conduct.

Supplier Expectations Letter 

H.B. Fuller Company Conflict Minerals Policy

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 directed the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) to adopt a rule requiring public companies with conflict minerals (tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold) that are necessary to the functionality or production of products manufactured or contracted to be manufactured by such companies to disclose annually whether any of those conflict minerals originated in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (“DRC”) or an adjoining country. The rule is intended to further the humanitarian goal of ending the extremely violent conflict in the DRC which has been financed in part by the exploitation and trade of conflict minerals originating in the DRC. H.B. Fuller Company and its majority-owned subsidiaries (“H.B. Fuller”) are committed to ethical business practices, with respect for human rights and in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. We are committed to complying with the SEC’s rule on conflict minerals and the responsible sourcing of minerals through our global supply chain. We are actively and diligently working with our global supply chain partners to determine the origin of any conflict minerals they may supply to us, and will continue to work with them towards the goal of providing greater supply chain transparency and responsible sourcing. Our due diligence measures follow the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Due Diligence Guidance for the Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High Risk Areas in all material respects. Suppliers who are materially non-compliant with the SEC’s rule on conflict minerals will be reviewed by our sourcing managers for future business. In the event H.B. Fuller determines that a supplier’s efforts to comply with this policy have been deficient and the supplier fails to cooperate in developing and implementing reasonable remedial steps, H.B. Fuller reserves the right to take appropriate actions up to and including discontinuing purchases from the supplier.

Last revised: July 2021

Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement 

H.B. Fuller Company is committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chain or in any part of our business. Our Code of Business Conduct, which includes our Fair Treatment Core Policy, reflects our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships. As part of this commitment, we continue to review and aim to implement effective systems and controls.

We recently updated our Conditions of Purchase, through which we do business with our suppliers, to make clearer our position on modern slavery and human trafficking and other ethical/compliance requirements. We further emphasize this stance within a Supplier Expectations letter, also recently updated, which specifically forms part of all new supplier contracts so far as we are able to negotiate this with suppliers. To promote and to allow suppliers easier access to these expectations, this year we also rolled out a new ‘Supplier page’ on our publicly available website: https://www.hbfuller.com/suppliers.

To ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chain and our business, we have provided training to our employees and will continue to do so in the future. Next year we hope to refresh and refine our training to ensure that it is most effective. To this end, we will work further with our Sourcing group to identify, assess and monitor potential risk areas across our supply chain.  We will review our due diligence and ongoing assessment of suppliers.

Our HBF Path Employee Helpline process is a channel through which we aim to protect and support reporting and whistle blowing by our employees. We might consider expanding access to our Helpline to other individuals in order to enhance potential reporting of noncompliance with our Code of Business Conduct.

Our goal for next year is to deliver improvements on our ongoing assessment of risk areas in our supply chain, and to ensure that the H.B. Fuller wider group around the world, including more recently acquired businesses, is consistent in its approach. Our work with the Sourcing group will be a key part of this drive towards delivering improvements.

This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes H.B. Fuller Company’s slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending December 3, 2020.

NATHAN WEAVER

VICE PRESIDENT, HUMAN RESOURCES

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Supplier Expectations Letter 

Confidential Information and Security Statement 

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Political Advocacy Statement 

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