Code of Conduct
1. GENERAL CODE OF CONDUCT
The Corporate Governance Policy is the apex instrument guiding affairs of the Company and clearly defines the roles, responsibilities and authorities of the key people in the governance of the Company. This code forms an integral part of the Company's Governance Policy. As required under Clause 49 of the Listing Agreement the following code of conduct is applicable and strictly followed by the Members of the Board of Directors and Senior Management of the Company.
The Company shall conduct its business affairs in accordance with the economic development and foreign policy objectives of the country and strive to make a positive contribution at the international, national and regional levels. It shall not undertake any activity that will have any adverse impact on the social and cultural life of the citizens.
Equal - Opportunities Employer
The Company provides equal opportunities to qualified applicants for employment, without regard to their race, caste, religion, colour, ancestry, marital status, sex, age, etc. Employees of the Company are treated with dignity and it maintains a work environment free of sexual harassment. Employees are encouraged to take additional responsibilities so to provide equal opportunity for upward mobility on merit-based system.
A Gender Friendly Workplace
The Company is committed to a gender friendly workplace. It provides equal opportunities for men and women; it institutes good employment practices; and abhors sexual harassment at the workplace. "Sexual harassment includes unwelcome physical contact, demand or request for sexual favours, sexually coloured remarks, showing pornography, and any other unwelcome physical, verbal or non-verbal conduct of a sexual nature. The Company encourages it’s employees to report any harassment and has instituted proper method to take appropriate action, when required."
All Employees of the Company, including Members of the Board of Directors and Senior Management of the Company, shall deal on behalf of the Company with professionalism, honesty and integrity, as well as high moral and ethical standards. Such conduct shall be fair and transparent and be perceived to be as such by third parties.
Use of Company Assets
All assets of the Company, tangible and intangible, shall be employed for the purpose of conducting the business for which they are duly authorized. None of the assets of the Company should be misused or diverted for personal purpose.
Gifts and Donations
The Company shall neither receive nor offer or make, directly or indirectly, any illegal payments, remunerations, gifts, donations or benefits to obtain business or uncompetitive favours for the conduct of its business. However, nominal gifts for special events can be exchanged by employees provided the same is disclosed to the management immediately.
The Company and its employees shall not offer or give any Company funds or property as donation to any government agencies or their representatives, directly or through intermediaries, in order to obtain any favourable performance of official duties.
Political Non – Alignment
The Company shall not publicly support any specific political party or candidate for political office. The Company shall not offer or give any company funds or property as donations to any specific political party, candidate or campaign. The employees are free to exercise their democratic rights on individual basis without implying, directly or indirectly, any involvement of the Company.
The officers and employees of the Company shall be free to pursue an active role in civic or political affairs as long as it does not adversely affect the business or interests of the Company.
Conflict of Interest
Any Director or Management Employee of the Company shall not engage in any business, relationship or activity, which might detrimentally conflict with the interest of the Company. A conflict of interest, actual or potential, may arise when, directly or indirectly:
1. A person engages in a business relationship or activity with anyone who is party to a transaction with the Company.
2. A person derives benefit to any of his/her relatives by making or influencing decision relating to any transaction of the Company.
3. An independent judgment in the best interest of the Company cannot be exercised for personal reasons.
4. A person or his/her relatives investment in any Company which is an actual or potential competitor, supplier, customer, distributor, joint venture or other alliance partner of the Company (ownership of up to 1 per cent of the subscribed share capital of a publicity held company shall not ordinarily constitute a financial interest for this purpose). .
5. A person conducts/influences business on behalf of the Company with a supplier or customer of whom his/her relative is a principal, officer or representative, resulting in a benefit to him/her or his/her relative.
6. A person awards benefits, such as increase in salary or other remuneration, posting, promotion or recruitment of a relative of an employee of the Company, where such an individual is in a position to influence the decision with regard to such benefits.
7. A person accepts gifts, donations, hospitality and/or entertainment beyond the customary level from existing or potential suppliers, customers or other third parties which have business dealing with the Company unless a full disclosure, in writing, has been made to the Company's management or the Board of Directors and approval received in writing.
8. A person accepts employment, a position of responsibility (such as a consultant or a director) or provides 'freelance' services to any other Company without approval of the Board of Directors of the Company.
An officer shall not exploit for his/her personal gain, opportunities that are discovered through the use of Company 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. Representation The officers shall not write, appear or represent himself as the Company to any third party unless authorized by the Company in writing.
All the directors and senior management employees of the Company should strive for optimum utilization of available resources. They shall exercise care to ensure that costs are reasonable and there is no wastage and ostentation in Company expenditure shall be avoided.
Every officer and employee of the Company shall ensure the integrity of data or information furnished to the Company.
All directors, officers and employees shall ensure that their actions in the conduct of business are totally transparent expect where the need of business security dictate otherwise. Such transparency shall be brought about through appropriate policies, systems and processes including as appropriate, segregation of duties, tiered approval mechanism and involvement of more than one manager in key decisions and maintaining supporting records. Operations and activities shall be audited periodically to ensure transparency.
All directors and management employees shall ensure that any confidential information gained in their official capacity is not utilized for personal profit or for the advantage of any other person. They shall not disclose in writing/verbal any facts, figures, information, trade secrets and/or confidential documents obtained during the course of business relationship with Company to any person/authority/organization/statutory body unless required by law and/or with specific written permission of the Company. They shall not provide any information either formally or informally to the press or to any other publicity media unless specifically authorized to do so. They shall adhere to the provisions of SEBI (Prohibition of Insider Trading) Regulations, 1992
Intellectual Property Rights
All documents, processes, manuals, literature, systems etc. or any other intellectual property developed or created by the officers during the association with the Company are sole Intellectual Property of the Company.
Quality of Products and Services
The Company and its officers shall be committed to supply goods and services of the highest quality standards, backed by efficient after sales service consistent with the requirements of the customers to ensure their total satisfaction. The quality standards of the Company's goods and services shall meet the required national standards and the Company shall endeavor to achieve international standards.
The Company and its officers shall strive to establish and support a competitive, open market economy. Specifically, the Company shall not engage in activities, which generate or support formation of monopolies, cartels and similar unfair trade practices. The Company and its officers shall market the products and services of the Company on its own merits and shall not make unfair and misleading statements about the Company's or competitors' products and services. Any collection of competitive information shall be made only in the normal course of business through legally permitted means.
Financial Reporting and Records
The Company and its officers shall prepare and maintain accounts of the Company's business affairs fairly and accurately in accordance with the generally accepted accounting and financial reporting standards. Internal accounting and audit procedures shall fairly and accurately reflect all of the Company's business transactions and disposition of assets. All required information shall be accessible to Company auditors and other authorized parties and government agencies. There shall be no willful omission of any transaction from the books and records, no advance income recognition, and no hidden bank account and funds.
Health, Safety and Environment
The Company and its officers shall strive to provide a safe and healthy working environment in the conduct of the business affairs of the Company, with all regulations regarding the preservation of the environment. The Company and its officers shall be committed to prevent the wasteful use of natural resources and minimize any hazardous impact of the production, use and disposal of any of its products and services on the environment.
All directors and officers of the Company shall ensure compliance with all the relevant laws and regulations affecting operations of the Company. They shall keep abreast of the affairs of the Company and be kept informed of the Company's compliance with relevant laws, rules and regulations. In the event that the implication of law is not clear, the course of action chosen must be supported by eminent legal counsel whose opinion should be documented. Violations of applicable governmental laws, rules and regulations may subject them to individual criminal or civil liability, as well as it may also subject the Company to civil or criminal liability or the loss of business.
The Company shall be committed to enhance shareholder value and comply with all regulations and laws that govern shareholders' rights. The Board of Directors of the Company shall duly and fairly inform its shareholders about all relevant aspects of the Company's business, and disclose such information in accordance with the respective regulations and agreements.
Securities Transactions and Insider Information
The officers and employees of the Company and his or her immediate family shall not derive any benefit or assist others to derive any benefit from the access to and possession of information about the Company, which is not in the public domain. The officers and employees of the Company shall not use or proliferate information which is not available to the investing public for making or giving advice on investment decisions on the securities of the Company. Such insider information might include the following:
• Financial results of the Company including profits, earnings and dividends;
• Announcement of new product introductions or developments;
• Major supply and delivery agreements;
• Raising finances;
• Assets revaluations;
• Restructuring plans;
• Divestiture of businesses or business units;
• Investment plans;
• Expansion/new projects;
• Acquisition, amalgamation, merger or takeover;
• Issue of new securities or buy back of its own shares;
Interaction with Media
The Directors and officers of the Company, other than the designated spokespersons, shall not engage with any member of press and media in matters concerning the Company. Instead they should direct any requests to the designated spokespersons.
Every officer and employee of the Company shall promptly report to the management any violation of this code, or an event that could affect the business or reputation the Company.
Any waiver of any provision of this Code of Conduct for a director, officer or employee must be placed for approval before the Company's Board of Directors and such waiver shall be granted in writing.
Any instance of violation of this Code of Conduct shall be brought to the attention of the immediate reporting authority or the Board of directors and shall be dealt with appropriately.
2. CODE OF CONDUCT FOR PREVENTION OF INSIDER TRADING
In line with Securities and Exchange Board of India (Prohibition of Insider Trading) Regulations, 1992 as amended from time to time, (hereinafter referred to as the "Regulations") the following Code of Conduct (hereinafter referred to as the "Code") is implemented for prevention of Insider Trading in the Securities of the Company:
Policy and Obligations
Decorous Investment and Trading Company Limited (hereinafter referred to as "the Company") endeavors to preserve the confidentiality of un-published price sensitive information and to prevent misuse of such information. The Company is committed to transparency and fairness in dealing with all stakeholders and in ensuring adherence to all laws and regulations.
Every director, officer, designated employee of the Company has a duty to safeguard the confidentiality of all such information obtained in the course of his or her work at the Company. No director, officer, designated employee may use his or her position or knowledge of the Company to gain personal benefit or to provide benefit to any third party.
To achieve these objectives, the Company notifies that this Code of Conduct is to be followed by all directors, officers, designated employees.
PART A Definitions
'Insider Trading': When insiders use unpublished price sensitive information to arrive at securities trading (including buying as well as selling) decisions, the action is referred to as insider trading;
'Compliance Officer' means the Company Secretary of the Company. In absence of the Company Secretary the Board of Directors may authorized any officer of the Company to discharge the duties of Compliance Officer under the regulations;
'Dealing in Securities' means buying, selling or agreeing to subscribe, sell or deal in any securities either as principal or agent and includes exercising of options;
'Designated Employee' shall mean:
1. Managing Director, Whole-time Directors and other Executive and Non-executive Directors
2. All employees of the Company at Manager Level and above
3. Every employee of Accounts, Finance, Internal Audit, Legal and Secretarial Departments, as well as in the Offices of the Chairman/Managing Director/Executive Director by whatever name designated
4. Relatives of the aforesaid persons
5. Employees designated by the Board of Directors from time to time to whom the trading restrictions shall be applicable;
'Dependent Family Members' shall mean the employee's spouse, dependent parents and dependent children;
'Price Sensitive Information' means any information, which relates directly or indirectly to a Company and which if published, is likely to materially affect the price of securities of Company.
Explanation: The following shall be deemed to be price sensitive information:-
1. Periodical financial results of the Company
2. Intended declaration of dividends (both interim or final)
3. Issue of securities or buy-back of securities
4. Any major expansion plans or execution of new projects
5. Amalgamation, mergers or takeovers
6. Disposal of the whole or substantial part of the undertaking
7. Any changes in policies, plans or operations of the Company
8. Revision of credit ratings assigned to any debt or equity instrument of the Company
9. Disruption of operations due to natural calamities;
10. Any information which, if disclosed, in the opinion of the person disclosing the same is likely to materially affect the prices of the securities of the Company;
'Unpublished' means information which is not published by the Company or its agents and is not specific in nature.
'Employee' means a person who is in temporary or permanent employment of the Company and include Designated Employee.
1. Compliance Officer
1.1. The Company has appointed the Mr. Raj Kumar Gupta, as compliance officer.
1.2. The Compliance Officer shall be responsible for setting forth policies, procedures, monitoring adherence to the rules for the preservation of "Price Sensitive Information" Pre-clearing; of designated employees and their dependents, trades (directly or through respective department heads as decided by the Company), monitoring of trades and implementation of the code of conduct under the overall supervision of the Board of the Company.
1.3. The compliance officer shall maintain a record of the designated employees and any changes made in the list of designated employees.
1.4. The compliance officer shall assist all the employees in addressing any clarifications regarding the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Prohibition of Insider Trading) Regulations, 1992 and any amendment thereto and the Company's code of conduct.
2. Preservation of "Price Sensitive Information
Designated Employees, Directors, Officers shall maintain the confidentially of all Price Sensitive Information. Employees/directors shall not pass on such information to any person directly or indirectly by way of making a recommendation for the purchase or sale of securities. Following practices should be followed in this regard:
2.1. Need to Know Price Sensitive Information is to be handled on a "Need to Know" basis, i.e. Price Sensitive Informati.