1. Respect, honesty and Integrity
Directors and employees are expected to exercise honesty, objectivity and due diligence in the performance of their duties and responsibilities. They are also directed to perform their work with due professionalism.
2. Compliance with Laws, Rules and Regulations
The Company is committed to comply, and take all reasonable actions for compliance, with all applicable laws, rules and regulations of state or local jurisdiction in which the Company conducts business. Every director and employee, no matter what position he or she holds, is responsible for ensuring compliance with applicable laws.
3. Full and Fair Disclosure
Directors and employees are expected to help the Company in making full, fair, accurate, timely, and understandable disclosure, in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, in all reports and documents that the Company files with, furnishes to or otherwise submits to, any governmental authorities in the applicable jurisdiction, and in all other public communications made by the Company. Employees or directors who have complaints or concerns regarding accounting, financial reporting, internal accounting control or auditing matters are expected to report such complaints or concerns in accordance with the procedures established by the Company’s Board of Directors.
4. Prevent Conflict of Interest
Directors and employees, irrespective of their function, grade or standing, must avoid conflict of interest situations between their direct or indirect (including members of immediate family) personal interests and the interest of the Company.
Employees must notify their direct supervisor of any actual or potential conflict of interest situation and obtain a written ruling as to their individual case. In case of directors, such ruling can only be given by the Board, and will be disclosed to the shareholders.
5. Trading in Company shares
Trading by directors and employees in the Company shares is possible only in accordance with the more detailed guidelines issued from time to time by corporate management in accordance with applicable laws.
6. Inside information
Directors and employees may become aware of information about Company that has not been made public. The use of such non-public or “inside” information about the Company other than in the normal performance of one’s work, profession or position is unethical and may also be a violation of law.
Directors and employees becoming aware of information which might be price sensitive with respect to the Company’s shares have to make sure that such information is treated strictly confidentially and not disclosed to any colleagues or to third parties other than on a strict need-to know basis.
Potentially price sensitive information pertaining to shares must be brought promptly to the attention of the management, who will deliberate on the need for public disclosure. Only the Management will decide on such disclosure. In case of doubt, seek contact with the CFO.
7. Media relations and disclosures
To protect commercially sensitive information, financial details released to the media should never exceed the level of detail provided in quarterly and annual reports or official statements issued at the presentation of these figures. As regards topics such as financial performance, acquisitions, divestments, joint ventures and major investments, no information should be released to the press without prior consultation with the Management. Employees should not make statements that might make third parties capable of “insider trading” on the stock market.
8. Corporate Opportunities
Directors and Employees are expected not to:
a) take personal use of opportunities that are discovered through the use of Company property, information or position.
b) use Company property, information, or position for personal gains.
Directors and employees are expected to put aside their personal interests in favor of the Company interests.
9. Competition and Fair Dealing
The Company seeks to outperform its competition fairly and honestly. Stealing proprietary information, possessing trade secret information that was obtained without the owner’s consent, or inducing such disclosures by past or present employees of other companies is prohibited. Each director and employee is expected to deal fairly with Company’s customers, suppliers, competitors, and other employees. No one is to take unfair advantage of anyone through manipulation, abuse of privileged information, or any other unfair practice.
The Company is committed to selling its products and services honestly and will not pursue any activity that requires to act unlawfully or in violation of this Code.
Bribes, kickbacks, and other improper payments shall not be made on behalf of the Company in connection with any of its businesses. However, tip, gratuity or hospitality may be offered if such act is customary and is not illegal under applicable law. Any commission payment should be justified by a clear and traceable service rendered to the Company. The remuneration of agents, distributors and commissioners cannot exceed normal business rates and practices. All such expenses should be reported and recorded in the Company’s book of accounts.
10. Equal Employment Opportunity
The Company believes in providing equal opportunity to everyone around. The Company laws in this regard have to be complied with and no discrimination upon race, religion, age, national origin, gender, or disability is acceptable. No harassment or discrimination of any kind will be tolerated; directors and employees need to adhere standards with regard to child labor and forced labor.
11. Work Environment
All employees are to be treated with respect. The Company is highly committed to providing its employees and directors with a safe, healthy and open work environment, free from harassment, intimidation, or personal behavior not conducive to a productive work climate. In response the Company expects consummate employee allegiance to the Company and due diligence in his job.
The Company also encourages constructive reasonable criticism by the employees of the management and its policies. Such an atmosphere can only be encouraged in an environment free from any prospects of retaliation due to the expression of honest opinion.
12. Protect Health, Safety and Security
The Company intends to provide each director and employee with a safe work environment and comply with all applicable health and safety laws. Employees and directors should avoid violence and threatening behavior and report to work in fair condition to perform their duties.
13. Record Keeping
The Company is committed to compliance with all applicable laws and regulations that require the Company to maintain proper records and accounts which accurately and fairly reflect the Company’s transactions. It is essential that all transactions be recorded and described truthfully, timely and accurately on the Company’s books. No false, artificial or misleading transactions or entries shall be reflected or made in the books or records of the Company for any reason.
Records must always be retained or destroyed according to the Company’s record retention policies.
14. Protection of Privacy and Confidentiality
All directors and employees, both during and after their employment, must respect the exclusivity and trade secrets of the Company, its customers, suppliers and other colleagues and may not disclose any such information unless the individual or firm owning the information properly authorizes the release or disclosure.
All the Company’s assets (processes, data, designs, etc) are considered as certified information of the Company. Any disclosure will be considered as grounds, not only for termination of services/employment, but also for criminal prosecution, legal action or other legal remedies available during or after employment with the Company to recover the damages and losses sustained.
15. Protection and Proper use of Company Assets / Data
Each director and employee is expected to be the guardian of the Company’s assets and should ensure its efficient use. Theft, carelessness and waste have a direct and negative impact on the Company’s profitability. All the Company assets should be used for legitimate business purposes only.
The use, directly or indirectly, of Company funds for political contributions to any organization or to any candidate for public office is strictly prohibited.
Corporate funds and assets will be utilized solely for lawful and proper purposes in line with the Company’s objectives.
16. Gift Receiving
Directors and employees will not accept gifts or favors from existing or potential customers, vendors or anyone doing or seeking to do business with the Company.
However, this does not preclude giving or receiving gifts or entertainment which are customary and proper in the circumstances, provided that no obligation could be, or be perceived to be, expected in connection with the gifts or entertainment.
All communications, whether internal or external, should be accurate, forthright and where ever required, confidential. The Company is committed to conduct business in an open and honest manner and provide open communication channels that encourage candid dialogue relative to employee concerns. The Company strongly believes in a clean desk policy, and expects its employees to adhere to it not only for neatness but also security purposes.
18. Employee Retention
High quality employee’s attraction and retention is very important. The Company will offer competitive packages to the deserving candidates. The Company strongly believes in personnel development and employee-training programs are arranged regularly.
19. Internet use / Information Technology
As a general rule, all Information Technology related resources and facilities are provided only for internal use and/or business-related matters. Information Technology facilities which have been provided to employees should never be used for personal gain or profit, should not be misused during work time, and remain the property of the Company. Disclosure or dissemination of confidential or proprietary information regarding the Company, its products, or its customers outside the official communication structures is strictly prohibited.
20. Compliance with Business Travel Policies
The safety of employees while on a business trip is of vital importance to the Company. The Company encourages the traveler and his/her supervisor to exercise good judgment when determining whether travel to a high-risk area is necessary and is for the Company’s business purposes.
It is not permitted to combine business trips with a vacation or to take along spouse, relative or friend without the prior written authorization from Management.
It is the responsibility of each director and employee to comply with this code. Failure to do so will result in appropriate disciplinary action, including possible warning issuance, suspension, and termination of employment, legal action and reimbursement to the Company for any losses or damages resulting from such violation. Compliance also includes the responsibility to promptly report any apparent violation of the provisions of this code.
Any person meeting with difficulties in the application of this code should refer to the management.