General Policy and Procedures

The Code of Business Conduct and Ethics of ARICSCOOPER and each of its subsidiaries (collectively, the “Company”) applies to all employees, including officers (an “Employee” and, collectively, the “Employees”), and must be strictly observed. Failure to do so could result in disciplinary action up to and including termination.

The Company is committed to the highest standards of ethics and business conduct. The Company conducts its business as a good corporate citizen and complies with all laws, rules and regulations applicable to it or the conduct of its business. This commitment and standard of conduct governs our relationships with customers, suppliers, partners, competitors, the communities in which we operate, and with each other as Employees at every organizational level.

The Code is an expression of our core values and represents a framework for decision-making. To this end, Employees are responsible for understanding the Code and acting in accordance with it. The Code cannot and is not intended to cover every applicable law, rule or regulation or provide answers to all questions that may arise; for that, we must ultimately rely on each Employee’s good sense of what is right, including a sense of when it is proper to seek guidance from others with respect to the appropriate course of conduct.

The Code does not in any way constitute an employment contract or an assurance of continued employment. It is for the sole and exclusive benefit of the Company and may not be used or relied upon by any other party. The Company may modify or repeal the provisions of the Code or adopt a new Code at any time it deems appropriate, with or without notice.

Employees must base business decisions and actions on the best interest of the Company. Accordingly, Company policy prohibits conflicts of interest. A conflict of interest occurs when an individual’s personal interest interferes in any way—or even appears to interfere—with the interests of the Company as a whole.

A conflict situation can arise when an Employee or a member of his or her family takes actions or has interests that may make it difficult to perform his or her Company work objectively and effectively.

Conflicts of interest also arise when an Employee, or a member of his or her family, receives improper personal benefits as a result of his or her position in the Company. Such conflicts of interest can undermine our business judgment and our responsibility to the Company and threaten the Company’s business and reputation.

Accordingly, all apparent, potential, and actual conflicts of interest should be scrupulously avoided. Though it is not possible to list every activity or situation that might raise a conflict of interest issue(s), the list below is included to help you recognize some of the more significant ones:

  • Corporate Opportunities. Taking personally opportunities that are discovered through the use of corporate property, information or position, or using corporate property, information or position for personal gain or competing with the Company. Such action is prohibited.
  • Gifts. Receiving from, or giving to, a supplier, customer or competitor, gifts, gratuities, special allowances, discounts or other benefits not generally available of more than nominal value.
  • Outside Activity. Engaging in any outside activity that materially detracts from or interferes with the performance by an Employee of his or her services to the Company.
  • Outside Employment. Serving as a director, representative, employee, partner, consultant or agent of, or providing services to, an enterprise that is a supplier, customer or competitor of the Company.
  • Personal Interests. Having a direct or indirect personal interest in a transaction involving the Company.
  • Personal Investments. Directly or indirectly, owning a material amount of stock in, being a creditor of, or having another financial interest in a supplier, customer or competitor.

All potential and actual conflicts of interest or material transactions or relationships that reasonably could be expected to give rise to such a conflict or the appearance of such a conflict must be promptly communicated to the Chief Legal Officer of the Company. Employees should take care to report conflicts to a person who they believe is not involved in the matter giving rise to the conflict.