Established as the older company of the two, Lowe’s ranks forty-second as a Fortune 500 company. Established in 1946 as a small hardware business, Lowe’s has grown into a 40,000 product, global market enterprise that consist of 1,710 stores nationwide expanding into the countries of Canada, Mexico and Australia (Lowe's Internal, 2010) Home Depot, founded in 1978, is the fastest growing retailer in the United States. Ranked twenty-ninth as a Fortune 500 company, Home Depot continues to remain the number one do-it-yourself retail store in America. These two companies may sell products of the same nature, but comparing their Code of Ethics is their way of setting themselves apart. (Home Depot Internal, 2009)
Lowe’s begins their manual with an Introduction that includes employees’ and Board of Directors’ together. Lowe’s feels employees’ are equal and expects their executives to follow the same rules of conduct. Lowe’s includes ethics and code of conduct together as a framework of principles’ to guide employees’ in their day-to-day conduct. (Lowe's Internal, 2010)
Home Depot provides an Introduction as a message for their employees’ only. By sharing the responsibility for protecting and advancing the company’s reputation and ethics as well as values, drive business strategies and activities. Home Depot provides straightforward information about operating principles, and expectations for Associates of The Home Depot to conduct themselves. (Home Depot Internal, 2008)
Lowe’s and Home Depot introduce each other in a message that clarifies their own explanation of Code of Ethics. Both encourage doing the right thing while performing a job that may not always cover all situations. However, employees’ are provided a strategic map that may assist them during difficult situations as well as encouragement to seek assistance when needed.
Lowe’s defines Compliance with Laws and Regulations as the basis of value of their reputation for complying with applicable governmental laws, rules, and regulations in the conduct of its business. Therefore, every employee, while acting on behalf of the company, shall comply with all domestic or foreign government laws that are not consistent with the ethical principles’ to which Lowe’s subscribes. (Lowe's Internal, 2010)
Home Depot compiles advertising, antitrust and confidentiality in policy of Compliance with Laws, Regulations, Policies, and Standard Operating Procedures. Advertising is to be provided to consumers with accurate, fair, and lawful information that is intended to help them make informed decisions. Antitrust laws in the United States and other countries are intended to preserve a free and competitive market place. Confidentiality is extremely important, as internal information is not to be shared with any outside venders, competition, or family members. This is to provide a guide for employees’, as Home Depot seeks competitive advantage. (Home Depot Internal, 2008)
Lowe’s and Home Depot maintain their...