The purpose of this Code of Conduct is to provide a framework for decisions and actions in relation to ethical conduct in employment. It underpins the Company's commitment to integrity and fair dealing in its business affairs and to a duty of care to all employees, clients and stakeholders. The document sets out the principles covering appropriate conduct in a variety of contexts and outlines the minimum standard of behaviour expected from employees.
THE BOARD IS RESPONSIBLE FOR:
2.2 MANAGERS AND SUPERVISORS
MANAGERS AND SUPERVISORS ARE RESPONSIBLE AND ACCOUNTABLE FOR:
ALL EMPLOYEES ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR:
3. Personal and Professional Behaviour
When carrying out your duties, you should:
4. Conflict of Interest
Potential for conflict of interest arises when it is likely that you could be influenced, or it could be perceived that you are influenced by a personal interest when carrying out your duties. Conflicts of interest that lead to biased decision‐making may constitute corrupt conduct.
5. Public and Media Comment
Individuals have a right to give their opinions on political and social issues in their private capacity as members of the community.
6. Intellectual Property/Copyright
Intellectual property includes the rights relating to scientific discoveries, industrial designs, trademarks, service marks, commercial names and designations, and inventions and is valuable to the Company.
The Company is the owner of intellectual property created by employees in the course of their employment unless a specific prior agreement has been made. Employees must obtain written permission to use any such intellectual property from the Company Secretary or Chief Executive Officer before making any use of that property for purposes other than as required in their role as employee.
7. Discrimination and Harassment
Employees must not harass, discriminate, or support others who harass and discriminate against colleagues or members of the public on the grounds of sex, pregnancy, marital status, age, race (including their colour, nationality, descent, ethnic or religious background), physical or intellectual impairment, homosexuality or transgender.
Such harassment or discrimination may constitute an offence under legislation.
Managers should understand and apply the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity.
8. Corrupt Conduct
Corrupt conduct involves the dishonest or partial use of power or position which results in one person/group being advantaged over another. Corruption can take many forms including, but not limited to:
Corrupt conduct will not be tolerated by the Company. Disciplinary action up to and including dismissal will be taken in the event of any employee participating in corrupt conduct.
9. Health, Safety, Environment and Community
It is the responsibility of all employees to act in accordance with the applicable occupational health and safety legislation, regulations and policies and to use security and safety equipment provided.
Specifically all employees are responsible for safety in their work area by:
It is the responsibility of all employees to act in accordance with applicable environmental legislation, regulations and policies.
Our approach is to ensure that the health, safety, environment and community (HSEC) impacts associated with operations related to our business are minimised and managed. In meeting this, we identify, assess and manage our environmental risks, and set and seek to achieve targets that promote the efficient use of resources. We seek to engage regularly, openly and honestly with our stakeholders, and particularly with those people affected by our operations.
It is essential that all employees comply with the laws and regulations of the countries in which we operate. Violations of such laws may have serious consequences for the Company and any individuals concerned. Any known violation must be reported immediately to management.
11. Fair Dealing
The Company aims to succeed through fair and honest competition and not through unethical or illegal business practices. Each employee should endeavour to deal fairly with the Company's suppliers, customers and other employees.
12. Insider Trading
All employees must observe the Company's "Trading Policy".
13. Responsibilities to Investors
The Company strives for full, fair and accurate disclosure of financial and other information on a timely basis.
14. Breaches of the Code of Conduct
Employees should note that breaches of certain sections of this Code of Conduct may be punishable under legislation.
Breaches of this Code of Conduct may lead to disciplinary action and possibly dismissal.
15. Reporting Matters of Concern
Employees are encouraged to raise any matters of concern in good faith with the Company Secretary or Chief Executive Officer, without fear of retribution.