This Code of Conduct (hereinafter referred to as "the Code") has been framed and adopted by Aditya Birla Chemicals (India) Limited (hereinafter referred to as "the Company") in compliance with the provisions of Clause 49 of the Listing Agreement entered into by the Company with the stock exchanges.
The Code applies to Members of the Board of Directors (hereinafter referred to as "Board Members) and members of the senior management team of the Company one level below the Executive Directors, viz. Business Heads, Unit Heads, Presidents, Joint Presidents and all other executives having similar or equivalent rank in the Company and the Company Secretary of the Company (hereinafter referred to as "Senior Managers").
The Company Secretary shall be the Compliance Officer for the purpose of this Code.
The Code shall come into force with effect from 6 August 2014 and future amendments/modifications shall take effect from the date stated therein.
The Code shall be posted on the website of the Company.
Code of conduct
The Board Members and Senior Managers shall observe the highest standards of ethical conduct and integrity and shall work to the best of their ability and judgment.
The Board Members and the Senior Managers of the Company:
Shall maintain and help the Company in maintaining the highest degree of corporate governance practices.
Shall act in utmost good faith and exercise due care, diligence and integrity in performing their office duties.
Shall ensure that they use the Company's assets, properties, information and intellectual rights for official purpose only or as per the terms of their appointment.
Shall not seek, accept or receive, directly or indirectly, any gift, payments or favour in whatsoever form from the Company's business associates, which can be perceived as being given to gain favour or dealing with the Company and shall ensure that the Company's interests are never compromised.
Shall maintain confidentiality of information entrusted by the Company or acquired during performance of their duties and shall not use it for personal gain or advantage.
Shall not commit any offences involving morale turpitude or any act contrary to law or opposed to the public policy.
Shall not communicate with any member of press or publicity media or any other outside agency on matters concerning the Company, except through the designated spokespersons or authorised otherwise.
Shall not, without prior approval of the Board or Senior Management, as the case may be, accept employment or a position of responsibility with any other organisation for remuneration or otherwise that are prejudicial to the interests of the Company and shall not allow personal interest to conflict with the interest of the Company.
Shall conform with applicable legal provisions of the related party transactions falling under the purview of the Companies Act, 2013 and Clause 49 of the Listing Agreement and disclose personal and/or financial interest in any business dealings concerning the Company and shall declare information about their relatives (spouse, dependent children and dependent parents) including transactions, if any, entered into with them so as to enable the other Board Members to take an informed decision.
Shall ensure compliance of prescribed safety and environment related norms and other applicable codes, laws, rules, regulations and statutes, which if not complied with may, otherwise, disqualify him/her from his/her association with the Company.
Shall ensure compliance with SEBI (Prohibition of Insider Trading) Regulations, 1992 as also other regulations as may become applicable to them from time to time.
In addition to the above, the Independent Directors of the Company shall also abide by the duties as laid down in the Companies Act, 2013 and the rules made thereunder read with the Schedule IV of the Companies Act, 2013.
Annual compliance reporting
Board Member and Senior Managers shall affirm compliance with this Code on an annual basis at the end of the each financial year of the Company.
Acknowledgement of receipt of the code
Each Board Member and Senior Manager, both present and future, shall acknowledge receipt of the Code or any modification(s) thereto.
Any breach of the aforesaid Code brought to the notice of the Compliance Officer or any member of the Board or Senior Management shall be reported to the Board of Directors of the Company for necessary action.
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