The purpose of the Code of Conduct (the “Code”) is to assist all Company personnel in making decisions regarding the affairs of the Company (including its subsidiaries). The Code states basic principles that should guide the affairs of the Company and deals with certain specific situations but is not comprehensive. Personnel are encouraged to consult with the Chief Executive Officer for direction of specific issues on conflicts or potential conflicts.
The Company (including its subsidiaries) and its directors, officers, employees and consultants shall comply with the following obligations.
Conduct the Company’s business and affairs honestly and with integrity, using high ethical standards.
Accurate Financial Recording and Disclosure
Maintain records that accurately reflect the Company’s operations. Financial statements shall be prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and applicable securities laws. The statements shall be prepared using the highest standards of integrity.
Compliance with Laws
Comply with the laws of each jurisdiction in which the Company does business.
Obligations to Shareholders
Conduct the Company’s affairs with a view to the best interests of the Company as a whole and to enhance shareholder value.
Avoid all situations that might reasonably be perceived to conflict or have the potential to conflict with their duties to the Company. If a member of a director’s, officer’s, employee’s or consultant’s immediate family holds a greater than 5% equity interest in, is a director, officer or employee of or has a significant financial stake in a competitor to the Company, this will be considered a conflict situation that will be required to be disclosed. Where a conflict or potential conflict arises in the situation of a director or officer, such individual shall comply with applicable corporate laws with respect to such conflict. If a conflict or potential conflict arises involving an employee or consultant, the individual shall disclose same to the Chief Executive Officer and shall abide by the recommendations of Chief Executive Officer with respect to the conflict.
Stock Trading and Use of Material Information
Shall comply with the Company’s Policy on Stock Trading and Use of Material Information.
Communications and Corporate Disclosure
Shall comply with the Company’s Communications and Corporate Disclosure Policy.
Respect and Tolerance
Shall not tolerate discrimination, intimidation or harassment on the basis of race, colour, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, physical or mental disability, national or ethnic origin or religious beliefs. Employees are entitled to work in an environment which is respectful of their dignity, rights, needs and individual differences.
Conduct the Company’s exploration, development and mining operations using environmental best practices with a goal to protecting human health, minimizing impact on the ecosystem and returning exploration and mining sites to a high environmental standard.
Shall provide safe and healthy working conditions and comply with all occupational health and safety laws and regulations.
Contribution to Local Communities
Conduct the Company’s operations with a view to respecting and enhancing the economic and social situations of the communities in which the Company operates.
Dealing with Public Officials
Not directly or indirectly make payments to public officials with a view to assisting the Company to conduct its business unless there is no reasonable alternative to such payment, the payment is not being made to induce the official to misuse his or her position, the payment is not illegal under the jurisdiction’s laws and the payment is properly recorded and identified in accounting records.
Not provide gifts or other personal benefit to others that would be considered extravagant or would reflect unfavourably on the Company.
Not seek or receive gifts or other personal benefit from those doing or seeking to do business with the Company which might reasonably be perceived to have the ability to affect the recipient’s judgement or conduct involving the Company.
Other Entities to be Ethical
Use reasonable efforts to ensure that the companies and individuals with which the Company does material business also observe high ethical standards.
Compliance with the Code
It is the responsibility of all directors, officers, employees and consultants to be aware of their obligations under and to comply with this Code. All breaches of this Code shall immediately be reported to the Chief Executive Officer. All reports by an individual of violations will be kept confidential except if otherwise required by law. Individuals who breach the Code may be subject to disciplinary action including dismissal.