This Code of Conduct for Board Members and Senior Management (the "Code") helps to maintain the standards of business conduct for Lloyds Steel Industries Limited (the "Company"), and ensures compliance with legal requirements. The purpose of the Code is to deter wrongdoing and promote ethical conduct. The matters covered in this Code are of the utmost importance to the Company, our shareholders and our business partners. Further, these are essential so that we can conduct our business in accordance with our stated values.
The Code is applicable to the following persons, referred to as Officers:
- Our Board Members
- Our Senior Management
- For this purpose, the term “senior management” shall mean personnel of the company who are members of its core management team excluding Board of Directors. Normally, this would comprise all members of management one level below the executive directors, including all functional heads.
Ethical Business conduct is critical to our business. Accordingly, Officers are expected to read and understand this Code, uphold these standards in day-to-day activities, and comply with: all applicable laws; rules and regulations and all applicable policies and procedures adopted by the Company that govern the conduct of its employees.
Nothing in this Code, in any Company policies and procedures, or in other related communications (verbal or written), creates or implies an employment contract or term of employment.
All Board Members and senior management personnel shall affirm compliance with the code on an annual basis. The Annual Report of the company shall contain a declaration to this effect signed by the CEO.
HONEST AND ETHICAL CONDUCT
We expect all Officers to act in accordance with the highest standards of personal and professional integrity, honesty and ethical conduct, while working on the Company's premises, at offsite locations where the Company's business is being conducted, at Company sponsored business and social events, or at any other place where Officers are representing the Company.
We consider honest conduct to be conduct that is free from fraud or deception. We consider ethical conduct to be conduct conforming to the accepted professional standards of conduct. Ethical conduct includes the ethical handling of actual or apparent conflicts of interest between personal and professional relationships. This is discussed in more detail in Section III below.
CONFLICTS OF INTEREST
An Officer's duty to the Company demands that he or she avoids and discloses actual and apparent conflicts of interest. A conflict of interest exists where the interests or benefits of one person or entity conflict with the interests or benefits of the Company. Examples include:
- Emplovment / Outside employment. In consideration of employment with the Company, Officers are expected to devote their full attention to the business interests of the Company. Officers are prohibited from engaging in any activity that interferes with their performance or responsibilities to the Company, or is otherwise in conflict with or prejudicial to the Company. Our policies prohibit Officers from accepting simultaneous employment with suppliers, customers, developers or competitors of the Company, or from taking part in any activity that enhances or supports a competitor's position. Additionally, Officers must disclose to the Company's audit committee, any interest that they have that may conflict with the business of the Company.
- Outside directorships. It is conflict of interest to serve as a director of any company that competes with the Company. Officers must first obtain approval from the Company’s audit committee before accepting a directorship.
- Business Interests. If an Officer is considering investing in any customer, supplier, developer or competitor of the Company, he or she must first take care to ensure that these investments do not compromise on their responsibilities to the Company. Our policy requires that Officers first obtain approval from the Company's audit committee before making such an investment. Many factors should be considered in determining whether a conflict exists, including the size and nature of the investment; the Officer’s ability to influence the Company’s decisions; his or her access to confidential information of the Company or of the other company; and the nature of the relationship between the Company and the other company.
- Related parties. As a general rule, Officers should avoid conducting Company business with a relative, or with a business in which a relative is associated in any significant role. Relatives shall mean “relative” as defined in section 2(41) and section 6 read with Schedule IA of the Companies Act, 1956.
- Payments or gifts from others. Under no circumstances may Officers accept any offer, payment, promise to pay, or authorization to pay any money, gift, or anything of value from customers, vendors, consultants, etc., that is perceived as intended, directly or indirectly, to influence any business decision, any act or failure to act, any commitment of fraud, or opportunity for the commitment of any fraud. Inexpensive gifts, infrequent business meals, celebratory events and entertainment, provided that they are not excessive or create an appearance of impropriety, do not violate this policy. Questions regarding whether a particular payment or gift violates this policy are to be directed to HR department. Gifts given by the Company to suppliers or customers, or received from suppliers or customers, should be appropriate to the circumstances and should never be of a kind that could create an appearance of impropriety. The nature and cost must always be accurately recorded in the Company's books and records.
- Corporate opportunities. Officers may not exploit for their own personal gain, opportunities that are discovered through the use of corporate property, information or position, unless the opportunity is disclosed fully in writing to the Company's board of directors and the board declines to pursue such opportunity.
- Other situations. Because other conflicts of interest may arise, it would be impractical to attempt to list all possible situations. If a proposed transaction or situation raises any questions or doubts, Officers must consult the Company's audit committee.
Our policy is to provide full, fair, accurate, timely, and understandable disclosure in reports and documents that we file with, or submit to statutory bodies and in our other public communications. Accordingly, our Officers must ensure that they and others in the Company comply with our disclosure controls and procedures, and our internal controls for financial reporting.
COMPLAINCE WITH GOVERNMENTAL LAWS, RULES AND REGULATIONS
Officers must comply with all applicable' governmental laws, rules and regulations. Officers must acquire appropriate knowledge of the legal requirements relating to their duties sufficient to enable them to recognize potential dangers, and to know when to seek advice from the finance department. Violations of applicable governmental laws, rules and regulations may subject Officers to individual criminal or civil liability, as well as to disciplinary action by the Company. Such individual violations may also subject the Company to civil or criminal liability or the loss of business.
VIOLATIONS OF THE CODE
Part of an Officer's job, and of his or her ethical responsibility, is to help enforce this Code. Officers should be alert to possible violations and report this to the HR department or the finance department. Officers must cooperate in any internal or external investigations of possible violations. Reprisal, threat, retribution or retaliation against any person who has, in good faith, reported a violation or a suspected violation oflaw, this Code or other Company policies, or against any person who is assisting in any investigation or process with respect to such a violation, is prohibited.
Actual violations of law, this Code, or other Company policies or procedures, should be promptly reported to the HR department or the finance department.
The Company will take appropriate action against any Officer whose actions are found to violate the Code or any other policy of the Company. Disciplinary actions may include immediate termination of employment at the Company's sole discretion. Where the Company has suffered a loss, it may pursue its remedies against the individuals or entities responsible. Where laws have been violated, the Company will cooperate fully with the appropriate authorities.
WAIVERS AND AMENDMENTS OF THE CODE
We are committed to continuously reviewing and updating our policies and procedures. Therefore, this Code is subject to modification. Any amendment or waiver of any provision of this Code must be approved in writing by the Company's board of directors and promptly disclosed on the Company's website and in applicable regulatory filings pursuant to applicable laws and regulations, together with details about the nature of the amendment or waiver.