Honest and Ethical Conduct
The Company expects all employees to act with the highest standards of honesty and ethical conduct while working in Company premises, at Flavour Stones sponsored business and social events, or at any other place where the employees represent Flavour Stones. In all cases, if uncertain regarding the appropriateness of an event or action, seek assistance in interpreting the requirements of these practices by contacting your supervisor or Flavour Stones Human Resources Department. Compliance with Applicable Rules and Regulations All Flavour Stones employees must comply with all applicable laws and regulations. Employees are expected to be familiar with the legal and regulatory requirements applicable to their business responsibilities and to fulfil their duties in accordance with these laws and regulations with regards to disclosures in Governmental Filings and Other Public Communications It is Company policy to make full, fair, accurate, timely and understandable disclosure in compliance with all applicable laws, rules and regulations in the reports and documents that it files with or submits to various state or federal agencies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission, and in other public communications made by the Company. All employees are expected to use their best efforts to perform their duties in a manner intended to implement this policy.
Conflicts of Interest
Every employee must avoid situations that create, or could create, a conflict with the goals and business priorities of Flavour Stones. Sometimes it can be difficult to determine if a given action or decision could create a conflict of interest with the company. In these situations, discuss the situation with your manager, the Legal Department or the Human Resources Department. Family members and friends of Flavour Stones employees are welcome to work for Flavour Stones, or for our suppliers or competitors, as long as such employment does not harm flavour stones. However, employees in certain positions have significant influence on company decision making. If you work in one of these positions, it is critical that you avoid anything that could appear to compromise your objectivity. It is critical that you avoid actions or decisions that could harm the company. There are many other areas in which a conflict of interest could arise. In partnership with your manager, apply common sense in reviewing potential conflicts.
Do not engage in any business outside of flavour stones, if it interferes with your performance or responsibilities to the Company.Our policies prohibit any employee from accepting simultaneous employment with aflavour stones supplier, developer, or competitor, and from taking part in any activity that enhances or supports a competitor’s position. Hourly an employee may not directly or indirectly conduct outside business that interferes with the proper performance of the employee’s job at flavour stones, is conducted during an employee’s normal working hours, or utilizes flavour stones confidential information or specialized skills and knowledge gained as an employee of the Company. This includes becoming a contractor, consultant or supplier to flavour stones or a competitor while being employed at flavour stones. Business Interests: If you are considering investing in the business interests of a supplier, developer, or competitor, you must ensure that your investment does not compromise your responsibilities to flavour stones. Many factors should be considered in determining whether a conflict situation exists, including: The ability to influence flavour stones decisions or decisions ofThe other companyAccess to the confidential information of flavour stones or ofThe other company;
It can only be used for appropriate business purposes. Inappropriate disclosure of confidential information can cause irreparable harm to the company and will not be tolerated. Confidential information can take a variety of forms, including but not limited to printed reports, electronic emails, voice mails, oral presentations, or electronic spreadsheets. Confidential information can include business practices, recipes, marketing plans, development plans, long range plans, strategic plans, employee names, personnel files, social security numbers, bank account numbers and financial reports.
These are a few examples. When in doubt if something is confidential, please discuss it with the General Counsel or Compliance Officer.
Protecting Confidential Information: Confidential information may not be disclosed to anyone outside the company, except when required in order to conduct company business and approved by the General Counsel or Compliance Officer. When printed confidential information is no longer needed, it must be shredded or placed in a locked receptacle designed to gather bulk material for shredding. Confidential information must be maintained in a locked location whenever it is not in use.
For example, personnel files must be in a locked file cabinet or locked office at all times. If kept in a locked office, non management employees cannot be permitted unsupervised access. Prohibited Use of Confidential Information: Confidential information can never be used for personal gain. For example, if you are aware of confidential company plans to acquire another company, purchasing stock in that company would not only be a violation of this policy, but would also be a violation of the law. It is also prohibited to share this information with another person to facilitate financial gain.
Confidential information cannot be used for the benefit of any other company. For example, if you leave flavour stones, you cannot use any of our forms or processes at your next company. Confidential information cannot be shared with other employees unless there is a legitimate business purpose for them to have the information. For example, if you have access to financial data that includes payroll information, you cannot share that information with other employees, unless such sharing is required in order to properly execute your responsibilities.
Confidential information cannot be shared with friends and family, no matter how interesting the information may seem. Such disclosures, while not intended to do harm to the company, can have significant unintended consequences and could do irreparable harm to the company. In the course of conducting flavour stones business, you may have access to the confidential information of a vendor or business partner. Before receiving this confidential information, a company representative must sign a confidentiality agreement indicating that we will treat this information with the same care that we apply to our confidential information.
Confidential information from a third party cannot be accepted unless a confidentiality agreement has been signed. Further, confidential information can never be accepted if the holder of the information does not have a legal right to both possess the information and to share it with flavour stones representatives.
Permitted use of Confidential Information: Confidential information can be used as required to effectively execute the responsibilities of your job. It can also be used as a tool to review the performance of subordinates. Confidential information from a third party can be used to assist in determining if the third party’s products or services would be of value to flavour stones. Once that determination is made, all such confidential information must be destroyed unless we enter into an agreement with the company, and that agreement requires the use of the confidential information. Examples of information that would fall into this category are trial software packages, pricing information, and detailed proposals that contain proprietary information. With the written approval of the Chief Executive Officer, Compliance Officer, Chief Financial Officer, or General Counsel, you may be permitted to confidential information with a potential vendor, business partner or financial institution. In such cases, the general counsel will supervise the development of a non‐disclosure agreement that must be signed by the potential recipient of confidential information before the information is provided.
You may share confidential information when required to by law or court order. However, such disclosure must be carefully limited in scope to that required, and can only be done with the approval of the general counsel.
Confidentiality Agreement: When you joined flavour stones, you signed an agreement to protect and hold confidential our proprietary information. This agreement remains in effect for as long as you work for flavour stones and even after you leave the Company.
Under this agreement, you may not disclose Flavour Stones confidential information to anyone or use it to benefit anyone other than flavour stones or without Flavour Stones prior written consent. Abiding by this agreement is a fundamental condition of your employment, and you should take its provisions very seriously.
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