As a responsible corporate citizen, NCL Industries Limited (‘NCL’ or “the Company”) has always laid considerable importance to maintaining highest standards of Corporate Governance. Irrespective of the mandatory requirements under the Statute in this regard, the Company is committed to adhering to certain values and ethics in conduct of its affairs.
This Code of Business Conduct and Ethics (“Code of Conduct” or “Code”) helps ensure compliance with our standards of business conduct & ethics and also with regulatory requirements.
All Senior Management Personnel are expected to read and understand this Code of Business Conduct and Ethics, uphold these standards in day-to-day activities and also comply with all applicable standards, policies and procedures of the company.
This Code of Conduct should be read in conjunction with applicable regulations & existing policies & procedures of the Company. You can also contact the Secretarial Department if you have any questions or clarifications.
This Code of Conduct is applicable to all Senior Management Personnel which would include the directors of the Company, the top management personnel (i.e., executive directors & all functional heads (including management personnel with direct functional reporting to directors & top management personnel).
All Senior Management Personnel are expected to comply with the letter and spirit of this Code. The Senior Management Personnel should continue to comply with other applicable laws & regulations and the relevant policies, rules and procedures of the Company. The Code comes into immediate effect
INTERPRETATION OF THE CODE
In this Code the term “Relative” shall have the same meaning as defined in Section 2(77) of the Companies Act, 2013.
In this Code, words importing the masculine shall include feminine and words importing singular shall include the plural or vice versa.
Any question or interpretation under this Code of Business Conduct and Ethics will be considered and dealt with by the Board or any person authorized by the Board on their behalf.
COMPLIANCE WITH APPLICABLE LAWS & REGULATIONS
Senior Management Personnel must comply and where applicable, oversee compliance by employees with all the laws, rules and regulations applicable to the Company and its employees.
Each Senior Management Personnel must acquire appropriate knowledge of the requirements relating to his duties sufficient to enable him to recognize potential non compliance issues and to know when to seek advice from the Secretarial Department on specific Company policies and procedures.
No payment or transaction should be made or undertaken, by a Senior Management Personnel or authorized or instructed to be made or undertaken by any other person of the Company if the consequence of that transaction or payment would be the violation of any law in force.
HONESTY, INTEGRITY & ETHICAL CONDUCT
Senior Management Personnel shall act in accordance with the highest standards of integrity, honesty, fairness and ethical conduct while working for the Company as well when representing the Company.
Honest conduct means conduct that is free from fraud or deception. Integrity & ethical conduct includes ethical handling of actual or apparent conflicts of interest between personal and professional relationships.
Senior Management Personnel should promote ethical behavior and take steps to ensure that the Company promotes ethical behavior and also encourages employees to freely report violations of laws, rules, regulations or the Company's Code of Conduct to the appropriate personnel.
They shall not make or accept facilitation payments or kickbacks of any kind. Facilitation payments are typically small, unofficial payments made to secure or expedite an action. Kickbacks are typically payments made to commercial organisations in return for a business favour/advantage such as payment made to secure the award of a contract.
They must avoid any activity that might lead to or suggest that a facilitation payment or kickback will be made or accepted by the Company.
DUTIES OF INDEPENDENT DIRECTORS
The Independent Directors shall -
1) Undertake appropriate induction and regularly update and refresh their skills, knowledge and familiarity with the Company.
2) Seek appropriate clarification or amplification of information and, where necessary, take and follow appropriate professional advice and opinion of outside experts at the expense of the Company.
3) Strive to attend all meetings of the Board and the committees thereof of which they are members.
4) Participate constructively and actively in the committees of the Board.
5) Strive to attend the general meetings of the Company.
6) Where they have concerns about the running of the Company or a proposed action, ensure that these are addressed by the Board and, to the extent that they are not resolved, insist that their concerns are recorded in the minutes of the Board meeting.
7) Keep themselves well informed about the Company and the external environment in which it operates.
8) Not to unfairly obstruct the functioning of an otherwise proper Board or committee thereof.
9) Pay sufficient attention and ensure that adequate deliberations are held before approving related party transactions and assure themselves that the same are in the interest of the Company.
10) Ascertain and ensure that the Company has an adequate and functional vigil mechanism and to ensure that the interests of a person who uses such mechanism are not prejudicially affected on account of such use.
11) Report concerns about unethical behavior, actual or suspected fraud or violation of the Company’s Code of Conduct or ethics policy.
12) Act within their authority, assist in protecting the legitimate interests of the Company, shareholders and its employees.
13) Not disclose confidential information, including commercial secrets, technologies, advertising and sales promotion plans, unpublished price sensitive information, unless such disclosure is expressly approved by the Board or required by law.
14) Subject to the provisions of the Companies Act, 2013 to act in accordance with the Articles of Association of the Company.
15) To act in good faith in order to promote the objects of the Company for the benefit of its members as a whole, and in the best interests of the Company, its employees, the shareholders, the community and for the protection of environment.
16) To exercise their duties with due and reasonable care, skill and diligence and exercise independent judgment.
17) Not to involve themselves in a situation in which they may have a direct or indirect interest that conflicts, or possibly may conflict, with the interest of the Company.
18) Not to achieve or attempt to achieve any undue gain or advantage either to themselves or to their relatives, partners, or associates.
CONFLICT OF INTEREST
Senior Management Personnel must avoid and promptly disclose to the Company potential conflicts of interest regarding any matters concerning the Company (including its subsidiaries & joint ventures). A conflict of interest exists where the interests or benefits of Senior Management Personnel conflict with the interests or benefits of the Company.
They shall make disclosures to the board relating to all material financial and commercial transactions, where they have personal interest, that may have a potential conflict with the interest of the company at large (for e.g. dealing in company shares, commercial dealings with bodies, which have shareholding of management and their relatives etc.)
They shall not acquire assets for consideration other than cash from the Company and vice-versa.
If any Senior Management Personnel is considering investing in any customer, supplier, developer or competitor of the Company, he or she must first take care to ensure that these investments do not compromise his/her responsibilities to the Company.
Several factors are involved in determining whether a conflict exists, including the size and nature of the investment; the Senior Management Personnel’s ability to influence the Company’s decisions; his access to confidential information of the Company and the nature of the relationship between the Company and the other company or person.
Accordingly, it is appropriate that the Senior Management Personnel make a disclosure to the Board before making such an investment and obtains a “pre-approval”/“no objection” from a committee comprised of Managing Director and all the Whole-time Directors where the amount of investment exceeds Rs. One Million (Rs. 10 Lac) including all the investments made earlier either individually or with his Relatives.
RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS
A Senior Management Personnel or any of his relatives/associates should not derive any undue personal benefit or advantage by virtue of his position or relationship with the Company.
As a general rule, Senior Management Personnel should avoid conducting Company business with a relative, or dealing with a business in which a relative is associated in any significant role. Any dealings with a related party must be conducted in such a way that no preferential treatment is given and adequate disclosures are made as required by law and as per the applicable policies of the Company.
Senior Management Personnel shall not offer, give or receive gifts to or from persons or entities dealing with the Company, where any such gift is perceived as intended directly or indirectly, to influence any business decision. Senior Management Personnel of the Company shall not accept or permit any member of his family or any other person acting on his behalf to accept any gift exceeding a value of Rs. 5,000 from Vendor, Dealer, Contractor, Suppliers and anyone having business dealings with the Company.
The gift shall also include free boarding, transport, lodging or other service or any other pecuniary advantage when provided by any person other than a near relative or a personal friend having no official dealings with the Senior Management Personnel. Senior Management Personnel should also avoid acceptance of lavish or frequent hospitality from any individual or firm having official dealings with the Company.
Senior Management Personnel should not exploit for their own benefit, opportunities that are discovered through the use of Corporate property, information or position unless the opportunity is disclosed fully in writing to the Company’s Board of Directors and the Board of Directors authorizes the said Senior Management Personnel to pursue such opportunity. Further, the Senior Management Personnel must refrain from using the Company's property or information for personal gain.
Senior Management Personnel must maintain the confidentiality of sensitive information (that is not in public domain) relating to the Company which comes to their knowledge in the course of the discharge of their functions and any other confidential information about the Company that comes to them, from whatever source, except when disclosure of any such information is authorized or legally mandated. No Senior Management Personnel shall provide any confidential or sensitive information either formally or informally, to the press or any other publicity media, unless specifically authorized to do so.
A Senior Management Personnel and his relatives 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 and thus constitutes insider information.
All the Senior Management Personnel are required to comply with the Company’s Code of Conduct on prevention of Insider trading. (a document being separately circulated)
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY & ANTI HARASSMENT
NCL is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity so as to assure that there shall be no discrimination or harassment against an employee or applicant on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, national origin, or any other factor made unlawful by applicable laws and regulations.
This policy relates to all phases of employment including recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, compensation, benefits, training, educational, social and recreational programs and the use of Company facilities. Sexual harassment or exploitation is specifically prohibited.
The Company Secretary shall be the Compliance Officer for the purpose of this Code. Senior Management Personnel are required to report observed violations of the Code and illegal or unethical behavior to the Compliance Officer.
All reports will be treated in a confidential manner and it is Company’s policy to not allow retaliation for reports made in good faith of misconduct by others. In accordance with an established, documented & approved process the Company will undertake review & where appropriate, investigations of alleged violations or misconduct.
Senior Management Personnel are expected to cooperate in internal investigations of misconduct and violations of this Code
The matters covered in this Code of Business Conduct and Ethics are of the utmost importance to the Company, its stockholders and its business partners, and are essential to the Company's ability to conduct its business in accordance with its stated values. We expect all of our Senior Management Personnel to adhere to these rules in carrying out their duties for the Company.
The Company will take appropriate action against any Senior Management Personnel whose actions are found to violate these policies or any other policy of the Company. Disciplinary actions may include immediate termination of directorship, employment or business relationship at the Company's sole discretion.
WAIVERS & AMENDMENTS
Any waiver of any provision of this Code for a member of the Company’s Board of Directors or a Senior Management Personnel must be approved in writing by the Company’s Board of Directors and appropriately disclosed. Based on the business requirements and applicable regulations the Code may be amended by the Board of Directors from time to time.
All Senior Management Personnel shall acknowledge the receipt of this Code in the acknowledgement form appended to this Code indicating that they have received, read and understood, and agreed to comply with the Code and send the same to the Compliance Officer. New Senior Management Personnel will submit such an acknowledgment at the time when their directorship/employment begins/when they assume a senior management position.
All the Senior Management Personnel shall, within 10 days of close of every financial year, affirm compliance with the Code. The duly signed Annual Compliance Declaration shall be forwarded to the Compliance Officer of the Company.
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