Code of conduct

As required under revised Clause 49 of the Listing Agreement the following code of conduct has been approved by the Board of Directors and is applicable to the Directors and Senior Management of the Company.

1. Ethical conduct
All directors and senior management employees shall deal on behalf of the Company with professionalism, honesty, integrity as well as high moral and ethical standards. Such conduct shall be fair and transparent and be perceived to be as such by third parties.

2. Conflict of interest
Any director or senior management employee of the Company shall not engage in any business, relationship or activity, which might detrimentally conflict with the interest of the Company.

3. Transparency
All directors and senior management employees of the Company shall ensure that their actions in the conduct of business are totally transparent except where the needs of business security dictate otherwise. Such transparency shall be brought about through appropriate policies, systems and processes.

4. Legal compliance
All directors and senior management employees of the Company shall at all times ensure compliance with all the relevant laws and regulations affecting operations of the Company. They shall keep abreast of the affairs of the Company and be kept informed of the Company's compliance with relevant laws, rules and regulations. In the event that the implication of law is not clear, the course of action chosen must be supported by eminent legal counsel whose opinion should be documented.

5. Rightful use of the Company’s assets
All the assets of the Company both tangible and intangible shall be employed for the purpose of conducting the business for which they are duly authorized. None of the assets of the Company should be misused or diverted for personal purpose.

6. Cost consciousness
All the directors and senior management employees of the Company should strive for optimum utilization of available resources. They shall exercise care to ensure that costs are reasonable and there is no wastage. It shall be their duty to avoid ostentation in Company expenditure.

7. Confidential information
All directors and senior management employees shall ensure that any confidential information gained in their official capacity is not utilized for personal profit or for the advantage of any other person. They shall not provide any information either formally or informally to the press or to any other publicity media unless specifically authorized to do so.

8. Relationships with Suppliers and Customers
The directors and senior management employees of the Company during the course of interaction with suppliers and customers, shall neither receive nor offer or make, directly and indirectly, any illegal payments, remuneration, gifts, donations or comparable benefits which are intended or perceived to obtain business or uncompetitive favours for the conduct of its business. However, this is not intended to include gifts of customary nature.

9. Interaction with Media
The directors and senior management employees other than the designated spokespersons shall not engage with any member of press and media in matters concerning the Company. In such cases, they should direct the request to the designated spokespersons.

10. Safety and Environment
The directors and senior management employees shall follow all prescribed safety and environment-related norms.