Code of Business Ethics
This Code of Business Conduct and Ethics (“Code”) is intended to document the principles of conduct and ethics to be followed by the employees, officers (including, without limitation, the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and other high ranking financial officers) and directors of Global-Tech Green Energy & Minerals, Canada Ltd (collectively, the “Company”). Its purpose is to:
- promote honest and ethical conduct, including the ethical handling of actual or apparent conflicts of interest between personal and professional relationships;
- promote avoidance of conflicts of interest, including disclosure to an appropriate person of any material transaction or relationship that reasonably could be expected to give rise to such a conflict;
- promote the protection and proper use of Company assets and opportunities;
- promote the confidentiality of Company information;
- promote full, fair, accurate, timely and understandable disclosure in reports and documents that the Company files with, or submits to, the securities regulators and in other public communications made by the Company;
- promote compliance with applicable governmental laws, rules and regulations;
- promote the prompt internal reporting to an appropriate person of violations of this Code;
- promote commitment to the environment and to the health and safety of the public and all employees and contractors;
- promote accountability for adherence to this Code;
- provide guidance to employees, officers and directors of the Company to help them recognize and deal with ethical issues;
- provide mechanisms to report unethical conduct; and
- help foster a culture of honesty and accountability for the Company.
The Company will expect all its employees, officers and directors to, at all times, comply and act in accordance with the principles stated above and the more detailed provisions hereinafter set forth. Violations of this Code by any employee, officer or director are grounds for disciplinary action up to and including immediate termination of employment, officership and directorship. This Code applies equally, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, to all permanent, contract, secondment and temporary agency employees who are on long-term assignments with the Company, as well as to consultants to the Company.
A Non-Discriminatory Environment
The Company fosters a work environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. The Company is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against employees, officers, directors or potential employees, officers or directors on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation or disability or any other category protected by Canadian federal or provincial laws and regulations, or any laws or regulations applicable in the jurisdiction where such employees, officers or directors are located. The Company will make reasonable accommodations for its employees in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The Company is committed to actions and policies to assure fair employment, including equal treatment in hiring, promotion, training, compensation, termination and corrective action and will not tolerate discrimination by its employees and agents.
Environment, Health and Safety
The Company is committed to sound environmental management. It is the intent of the Company to conduct itself in partnership with the environment and community at large as a responsible and caring business entity. The Company is committed to managing all phases of its business in a manner that takes into account any adverse effects of its operations on the environment.
The Company is committed to providing a healthy and safe workplace in compliance with applicable laws, rules and regulations. Employees must be aware of the safety issues and policies that affect their job, other employees and the community in general. Managers, upon learning of any circumstance affecting the health and safety of the workplace or the community, must act immediately to address the situation. Employees must immediately advise their managers of any workplace injury or any circumstance presenting a dangerous situation to them, other co-workers or the community in general, so that timely corrective action can be taken.
The Company firmly believes that fair competition is fundamental to the continuation of the free enterprise system. The Company complies with and supports laws of all jurisdictions which prohibit restraints of trade, unfair practices, or abuse of economic power.
The Company will not enter into arrangements that unlawfully restrict its ability to compete with other businesses, or the ability of any other business organization to compete freely with the Company. The Company’s policy also prohibits its employees, officers and directors from entering into or discussing any unlawful arrangement or understanding that may result in unfair business practices or anti-competitive behaviour.
The Disclosure Committee and an investor relations person or persons designated by the Chief Executive Officer or the Chairman of Global-Tech Green Energy & Minerals, Canada Ltd from time to time are responsible for all of the Company’s public relations, including all contact with the media. Unless you are specifically authorized to represent the Company to the media, you may not respond to inquiries or requests for information. This includes newspapers, magazines, trade publications, radio and television as well as any other external sources requesting information about the Company. If the media contacts you about any topic, immediately refer the call to one of the above individuals. Employees must be careful not to disclose confidential, personal or business information through public or casual discussions to the media or others.
Employees, officers and directors of the Company are expected to comply in good faith at all times with all applicable laws, rules and regulations and behave in an ethical manner. Employees, officers and directors of the Company are required to comply with the Company’s Timely Disclosure, Confidentiality and Insider Trading Policy and all other policies and procedures applicable to them that are adopted by the Company from time to time.
Employees, officers and directors of the Company must cooperate fully with those responsible for preparing reports filed with the securities regulatory authorities and all other materials that are made available to the investing public to ensure those persons are aware in a timely manner of all information that is required to be disclosed. Employees, officers and directors of the Company should also cooperate fully with the independent auditors in their audits and in assisting in the preparation of financial disclosure.
Employees, officers and directors of the Company must comply with the Company’s Timely Disclosure, Confidentiality and Insider Trading Policy and provide full, fair, accurate, understandable and timely disclosure in reports and documents filed with, or submitted to, securities regulatory authorities and other materials that are made available to the investing public.
Use of the Code and Reporting Violations
It is the responsibility of all employees, officers and directors of the Company to understand and comply with this Code.
If you observe or become aware of an actual or potential violation of this Code or of any law or regulation, whether committed by employees of the Company or by others associated with the Corporation, it is your responsibility to report the circumstances as outlined herein and to cooperate with any investigation by the Company. This Code is designed to provide an atmosphere of open communication for compliance issues and to ensure that employees acting in good faith have the means to report actual or potential violations.
To report actual or potential compliance infractions relating to this Code, a written report may be submitted on a confidential, anonymous basis, if you so desire, to the Chairman of the Audit Committee in an envelope labelled with a legend such as “To be opened by the Audit Committee only”. Such confidential envelopes may be submitted directly to the Chairman of the Audit Committee or via a director or any other person who shall pass the unopened envelopes promptly to the Chairman of the Audit Committee.
The Chairman of the Audit Committee will notify the sender and acknowledge receipt of a Report within five (5) business days except where a Report was submitted on a confidential, anonymous basis.
If you wish to discuss any matter with the Audit Committee, you should indicate this in the Report and include a telephone number at which you may be contacted if the Audit Committee deems it appropriate.
Employees, officers and directors of the Company who become aware of any violation of this Code will promptly report them to the Chairman of the Audit Committee openly or confidentially (in the manner described above).
Following the receipt of any complaints submitted hereunder, the Audit Committee will investigate each matter so reported and take corrective disciplinary actions, if appropriate, up to and including termination of employment.
There will be no reprisals against employees, officers and directors of the Company for good faith reporting of compliance concerns or violations.
The Audit Committee shall retain as part of the records of the Audit Committee any Report for a period of no less than seven (7) years.