Counterfeit components are not manufactured to the same standards as OEM or legitimate aftermarket versions.
Manufacturers must take special care to ensure their products comply with U.S. regulations, including those dealing with intellectual property.
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Our free market system is built on the trust we place in those we do business with. Companies spend decades building their reputations. Their brands’ value is are reflection of the trust they’ve established with their customers. When a customer receives a counterfeit key because of the actions of a rogue supplier, it can reflect poorly on the distributor, retailer, or auto dealer that hired them. Industry leaders can protect their brands and encourage a culture of compliance by establishing Supplier Codes of Conduct. Codes of Conduct help companies communicate their expectations to their supply chains. They should include a commitment to only do business with suppliers that demonstrate high standards for ethical behavior and operate in full compliance with governing laws and regulations, including Trademark and Copyright laws. Examples of supplier codes of conduct can be found on our resources page.