Our Code of Ethics and Business Conduct (the “Code”) requires our directors, officers, and employees to observe high standards of business and personal ethics in the conduct of their duties and responsibilities. As employees and representatives of the Corporation, or any of its subsidiaries, we must practice honesty and integrity in fulfilling our responsibilities and comply with all applicable laws and regulations.
It is the responsibility of all directors, officers, and employees to comply with the Code and to report suspected violations in accordance with this Whistleblower Policy.
No director, officer, or employee who, in good faith, reports a violation of the Code shall suffer harassment, retaliation, or adverse employment consequence. An employee who retaliates against someone who has reported a violation in good faith is subject to discipline up to and including termination of employment. This Whistleblower Policy is intended to encourage and enable employees and others to raise serious concerns within the Corporation rather than seeking resolution outside the Corporation.
The Code addresses the Corporation’s open-door policy and suggests that employees share their questions, concerns, suggestions or reports with someone who can address them properly. In most cases, an employee’s supervisor is in the best position to address an area of concern. However, if you are not comfortable speaking with your supervisor or you are not satisfied with your supervisor’s response, you are encouraged to speak with someone in management whom you are comfortable in approaching or the CEO. Supervisors and managers are required to report suspected violations of the Code to the Corporation’s Board Chair, who has specific and exclusive responsibility to investigate all reported violations.
For allegations of fraud, securities law, or human rights concerns, or when you are not satisfied or uncomfortable with following the Corporation’s open door policy, individuals should contact the Corporation’s Audit Committee Chair directly, using one of the contact methods below.
Audit Committee Chair
The Corporation’s CEO is responsible for investigating and resolving all reports and allegations concerning violations of the Code and, at his discretion, shall advise the Board of Directors, the CFO and/or the Audit Committee. The CEO has direct access to the Board of Directors and is required to report to the Audit Committee at least annually on such compliance activity. The CEO is:
Accounting and Auditing Matters
The Audit Committee of the Board of Directors shall address all reported concerns or allegations regarding corporate accounting practices, internal controls, or auditing. The Audit Committee Chair shall work with the Audit Committee until the matter is resolved.
Acting in Good Faith
Anyone filing a report concerning a suspected violation of the Code must be acting in good faith and have reasonable grounds for believing the information disclosed indicates a violation of the Code. Any allegations that prove not to be substantiated and which prove to have been made maliciously or knowingly to be false will be viewed as a serious disciplinary offense.
Reports of suspected violations may be submitted on a confidential basis by the complainant, or may be submitted anonymously. Reports of suspected violations will be kept confidential to the extent possible, consistent with the need to conduct an adequate investigation.
Handling of Reported Violations
All reports will be taken seriously. The Audit Committee Chair will notify the sender and acknowledge receipt of the suspected violation within fifteen business days. All reports will be promptly investigated and appropriate corrective action will be taken if warranted by the investigation.