This Code of Business Conduct and Ethics (the “Code”) describes the legal and ethical standards of conduct for directors, officers and employees of Veramine, Inc. (the “Company”). This Code is intended to deter wrongdoing and to promote the conduct of all Company business in accordance with high standards of integrity and in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. This Code applies to all Company employees and business dealings worldwide. If you have any questions regarding this Code or its application to any situation, please contact the Veramine legal team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Veramine requires that all employees, officers and directors comply with all laws, rules and regulations applicable to the Company wherever it does business. The Company expects its employees to use good judgment and common sense in seeking to comply with all applicable laws, rules and regulations and to ask Company leadership for advice when facing circumstances not directly covered by corporate policy.
If you become aware of the violation of any law, rule or regulation by the Company, whether by its officers, employees, directors, or any third party doing business on behalf of the Company, please promptly report the matter to any Veramine supervisor or to the Veramine General Counsel. While it is the Company’s desire to address matters internally, nothing in this Code should discourage internal or external parties from reporting any illegal activity, including any violation of the securities laws, antitrust laws, environmental laws or any other federal, state or foreign law, rule or regulation, to the appropriate regulatory authority. Employees, officers and directors shall not discharge, demote, suspend, threaten, harass or in any other manner discriminate or retaliate against an employee because he or she reports any such violation, unless it is determined that the report was made with knowledge that it was false. This Code should not be construed to prohibit anyone from testifying, participating or otherwise assisting in any state or federal administrative, judicial or legislative proceeding or investigation.
Employees, officers and directors should endeavor to deal honestly, ethically and fairly with the Company’s suppliers, customers, competitors and employees. Statements regarding the Company’s products and services must not be untrue, misleading, deceptive or fraudulent. Veramine will not take unfair advantage of anyone through manipulation, concealment, abuse of privileged information, misrepresentation of material facts or any other unfair-dealing practice.
The use of Company funds or assets for gifts, gratuities or other favors to employees or government officials is prohibited, except to the extent such gifts are in compliance with applicable law, nominal in value and infrequent, and not given in consideration or expectation of any action by the recipient.
Employees, officers and directors must not accept, or permit any member of his or her immediate family to accept, any gifts, gratuities or other favors, other than items that are nominal in value and infrequent, from any customer, supplier or other person for the purpose of obtaining, retaining or directing business or bestowing or receiving any kind of favored treatment. Any gifts received from any customer, supplier or other person doing or seeking to do business with the Company that are not nominal in value and infrequent should be returned immediately and reported to Veramine leadership. If immediate return is not practical, they should be given to the Company for charitable disposition or such other disposition as the Company, in its sole discretion, believes appropriate.
In particular, the United States Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) prohibits any U.S. individual or business from authorizing, offering or paying money or anything of value, directly or indirectly, to any foreign official or employee, political party, or candidate for public office for the purpose of obtaining or maintaining business or for any other business advantage. Violation of the FCPA could subject the Company and its individual directors, officers and employees to serious fines and criminal penalties.
Common sense and moderation should prevail in business entertainment engaged in on behalf of the Company. Employees, officers and directors should provide, or accept, business entertainment to or from anyone doing business with the Company only if the entertainment is infrequent, modest and intended to serve legitimate business goals.
Bribes and kickbacks are criminal acts, strictly prohibited by law. Veramine employees will not offer, give, solicit or receive any form of bribe or kickback anywhere in the world.
Many countries regulate international trade transactions, such as imports, exports and international financial transactions. In addition, the U.S. prohibits any cooperation with boycotts against countries friendly to the U.S. or against firms that may be “blacklisted” by certain groups or countries. It is the Company’s policy to comply with these laws and regulations even if it may result in the loss of some business opportunities. Veramine employees should learn and understand the extent to which U.S. and international trade controls apply to transactions conducted by the Company, which are set forth in the Company’s U.S. Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Compliance Policy available for review internally.
Veramine employees, officers and directors will honestly and accurately report all business transactions. Accurate information is essential to the Company’s ability to meet legal and regulatory obligations.
All Company books, records and accounts shall be maintained in accordance with all applicable regulations and standards and accurately reflect the true nature of the transactions they record. The financial statements of the Company shall conform to generally accepted accounting rules and the Company’s accounting policies. No undisclosed or unrecorded account or fund shall be established for any purpose. No false or misleading entries shall be made in the Company’s books or records for any reason, and no disbursement of corporate funds or other corporate property shall be made without adequate supporting documentation. Company employees who have qeustions about categorizing financial transactions shall request advice from Veramine's accounting firm via their company email address and cc a member of the Veramine leadership team.
No employee, officer or director shall, directly or indirectly, make or cause to be made a materially false or misleading statement to an accountant in connection with (or omit to state, or cause another person to omit to state, any material fact necessary in order to make statements made, in light of the circumstances under which such statements were made, not misleading to, an accountant in connection with) any audit, review or examination of the Company’s financial statements or the preparation or filing of any document or report with the SEC. No employee, officer or director shall, directly or indirectly, take any action to coerce, manipulate, mislead or fraudulently influence any independent public or certified public accountant engaged in the performance of an audit or review of the Company’s financial statements.
While some of the policies contained in this Code must be strictly adhered to and no exceptions can be allowed, in other cases exceptions may be appropriate. Any employee, officer, executive officer, or director who believes that a waiver of any of these policies is appropriate in his or her case should first contact his or her immediate supervisor. If the supervisor agrees that a waiver is appropriate, the approval of the Veramine Board of Directors must be obtained. The Board shall be responsible for maintaining a record of all requests by employees or officers for waivers of any of these policies and the disposition of such requests. All amendments to this Code must be approved by the Board of Directors of the Company or a committee thereof.
The Company’s management, under the supervision of its Board or a committee thereof or, in the case of accounting, internal accounting controls, auditing or securities law matters, the Audit Committee, shall take reasonable steps from time to time to (i) monitor compliance with the Code and (ii) when appropriate, impose and enforce appropriate disciplinary measures for violations of the Code.
The Company’s management shall periodically report to the Board or a committee thereof on these compliance efforts including, without limitation, periodic reporting of alleged violations of the Code and the actions taken with respect to any such violation.
Every Company employee, officer and director has the responsibility to ask questions, seek guidance, report suspected violations and express concerns regarding compliance with this Code. Any Company employee, officer or director who knows or believes that any other employee or representative of the Company has engaged or is engaging in Company-related conduct that violates applicable law or this Code should report such information to his or her supervisor. Employees may report such conduct openly or anonymously without fear of retaliation. The Company will not discipline, discriminate against or retaliate against any employee who reports such conduct, unless it is determined that the report was made with knowledge that it was false, or who cooperates in any investigation or inquiry regarding such conduct. Any supervisor who receives a report of a violation of this Code must immediately inform Veramine leadership council.
Anyone may report violations of this Code, on a confidential or anonymous basis, by contacting the Company’s legal counsel by e-amil at email@example.com. Violations of this Code involving the legal team can be reported, on a confidential or anonymous basis, by contacting the Company’s Chief Executive Officer by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. While we prefer that you identify yourself when reporting violations so that we may follow up with you, as necessary, for additional information, you may send e-mail messages anonymously if you wish.
If the Company Legal team receives information regarding an alleged violation of this Code, he or she shall, as appropriate, (a) evaluate such information, (b) if the alleged violation involves an executive officer or a director, inform the Chief Executive Officer and Board of Directors of the alleged violation, (c) determine whether it is necessary to conduct an informal inquiry or a formal investigation and, if so, initiate such inquiry or investigation and (d) report the results of any such inquiry or investigation, together with a recommendation as to disposition of the matter, to the Chief Executive Officer for action, or if the alleged violation involves an executive officer or a director, report the results of any such inquiry or investigation to the Board of Directors or a committee thereof. Employees, officers and directors are expected to cooperate fully with any inquiry or investigation by the Company regarding an alleged violation of this Code. Failure to cooperate with any such inquiry or investigation may result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.
The Company shall determine whether violations of this Code have occurred and, if so, shall determine the disciplinary measures to be taken against any employee who has violated this Code. In the event that the alleged violation involves an executive officer or a director, the Chief Executive Officer and the Board of Directors, respectively, shall determine whether a violation of this Code has occurred and, if so, shall determine the disciplinary measures to be taken against such executive officer or director.
Failure to comply with the standards outlined in this Code will result in disciplinary action including, but not limited to, reprimands, warnings, probation or suspension without pay, demotions, reductions in salary, discharge and restitution. Disciplinary measures for violations of the Code will be determined in the Company’s sole discretion. Certain violations of this Code may require the Company to refer the matter to the appropriate governmental or regulatory authorities for investigation or prosecution. Moreover, any supervisor who directs or approves of any conduct in violation of this Code, or who has knowledge of such conduct and does not immediately report it, also will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including discharge.
This Code shall be distributed to each new employee, officer and director of the Company upon commencement of his or her employment or other relationship with the Company and shall also be distributed annually to each employee, officer and director of the Company, and each employee, officer and director shall certify that he or she has received, read and understood the Code and has complied with its terms.
The Company reserves the right to amend, alter or terminate this Code at any time for any reason. The most current version of this Code can be found on the Company’s website at https://veramine.com/ethics.html.
This document is not an employment contract between the Company and any of its employees, officers or directors.
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