Code of Ethics
Uncompromising business ethics are an integral part of the Company’s values and of our way of doing business. The manner in which we conduct ourselves day to day with our colleagues, our customers, our shareholders, our competitors, our neighbouring communities and our suppliers, forms the basis of our reputation as an ethical Company. Our customers and other stakeholders expect us to maintain the highest ethical standards, to fulfill our commitments and to act with complete integrity towards all our commitments. We must endeavor to live up to our reputation and stakeholder expectations by making sure that our actions and policies are not only legal, but also in line with the highest levels of business ethics and personal integrity.
This policy is applicable to all KCM permanent and contracted employees, retainers, associated parties and directors of KCM.
It is the responsibility of all stakeholders affected by this policy (employees, directors, retainers, associated parties) to ensure that they comply with this code and develop strong personal integrity and fair play, to uphold the principles of this policy at all times.
KCM Core Values
Trust /Entrepreneurship / Innovation /Excellence / Integrity /Respect/Care
Trust: We actively foster a culture of mutual trust in our interactions with our stakeholders and encourage an open dialogue which ensures mutual respect.
Entrepreneurship: At KCM, our people are our most important assets. We actively encourage their development and support them in pursuing their goals.
Innovation: We embrace a conducive environment for encouraging innovation that leads to a Zero harm environment and exemplifying optimal utilization of natural resources, improved efficiencies and recoveries of by-products.
Excellence: Our primary focus is delivering value of the highest standard to our stakeholders. We are constantly motivated on improving our costs and improving our quality of production in each of our business through a culture of best practice benchmarking.
Integrity: We place utmost importance to engaging ethically and transparently with all our stakeholders, taking accountability of our actions to maintain the highest standards of professionalism and complying with international policies and procedures.
Respect: We lay consistent emphasis on Human Rights, respect the principle of free, prior, informed consent, while our engagements with stakeholders give local communities the opportunity to voice their opinions and concerns.
Care: As we continue to grow, we are committed to the triple bottom line of People, Planet and Prosperity to create a sustainable future in a zero harm environment for our communities.
KCM – Core Purposes
KCM is a globally diversified natural resources company with low cost operations. We empower our people to drive excellence and innovation to create value for our stakeholders. We demonstrate world-class standards of governance, safety, sustainability and social responsibility.
KCM PLC Code of Business Conduct
The Code of Business Conduct & Ethics (‘Code of Conduct’ or ‘COC’) contains general guidelines for conducting the business of the Company, consistent with the highest standards of business ethics. This Code requires a higher standard than required by commercial practice or applicable laws, rules or regulations.
This Code applies to all directors, officers and employees of the Company and its business units (which, unless the context otherwise requires, are collectively referred to in this code as the “Company”). We refer to all persons covered by this Code, including directors, officers and employees, as “Company employees” or simply “employees.” We also refer to our Chief Executive Officer, our Chief Financial Officer and our principal accounting officers and controllers as our “principal financial officers.”
The Code expresses the principles of our business ethics and is intended to assist all employees in meeting the highest standards of personal and professional integrity required of them. Strict adherence to the provisions of this Code is a condition of employment.
The Code is an important part of the Company’s Mission & Values, where we highlight principles and standards for our global business conduct. The Company expects all its employees to uphold the highest standards of ethical behavior and integrity. We believe that ethical and economic values are interdependent and that the business community must always strive to operate within the accepted norms established by national and international authorities.
The Code guides our behavior and helps us to promote:
High business ethics and integrity by letter and spirit ensures our credibility. The Company demands the highest standards in carrying out its business activities.
The Company and its employees must conform to the Code. All Company managers should take an active role in implementation and ensuring that the Code is communicated and kept alive under all circumstances.
The Company and its employees shall conform to the relevant laws and regulations of the countries in which they operate and fulfill their obligations in a reliable manner. They must insist on honesty and fairness in all aspects of their business and expect the same from their partners. In any situation not governed by statute or explicit regulations, or where the law is ambiguous or conflicting, the Company’s affairs will be conducted in accordance with its high standard of business practice.
Breaches of the law, regulations or the Company’s standards are not justified by the pursuit of profit and activities are not made acceptable merely by the practice of competitors or others in the market. The Company shall also responsibly comply with the business principles guiding its activities and relationships worldwide.
Seeking Help and Information
This Code is not intended to be a comprehensive rulebook and cannot address every situation that you may face. If you feel uncomfortable about a situation or have any doubts about whether it is consistent with the Company’s ethical standards, seek help. We encourage you to contact your supervisor for help first.
If your supervisor cannot answer your question or if you do not feel comfortable contacting your supervisor, contact the Secretarial/Legal Department. You may also seek help from or submit information to the Company by writing to the Company at the email address email@example.com You may remain anonymous and will not be required to reveal your identity in your communication to the Company.
Violating the Code
It is Company policy that any employee who violates this Code will be subject to appropriate discipline, which may include termination of employment. This determination will be based upon the facts and circumstances of each particular situation. An employee accused of violating this Code will be given an opportunity to present his or her version of the events at issue prior to any determination of appropriate discipline. Employees who violate the law or this Code may expose themselves to substantial civil damages, criminal fines and prison terms.
The Company may also face substantial fines and penalties and many incur damage to its reputation and standing in the community. Your conduct as a representative of the Company, if it does not comply with the law or with this Code, can result in serious consequences for both you and the Company.
Reporting Violations of the Code
Each employee is responsible for ensuring that his or her conduct and the conduct of anyone reporting to the employee fully comply with the policies governing the Company’s business dealings. Compliances, both personal and by subordinates, will be a factor in periodic performance appraisals.
All employees have a duty to report any known or suspected violation of this Code, including any violation of the laws, rules, regulations or policies that apply to the Company. If you know of or suspect a violation of this Code, immediately report the conduct to your supervisor. Your supervisor will contact the Secretarial / Legal Department, which will work with you and your supervisor to investigate your concern.
If you do not feel comfortable reporting the conduct to your supervisor or you do not get a satisfactory response, you may contact the Secretarial / Legal Department directly. You may also report known or suspected violations of the Code to the Company at the email address firstname.lastname@example.org. Employees submitting this information need not leave their name or other personal information and reasonable efforts will be used to conduct the investigation that follows from the report from an employee in a manner that protects the confidentiality and anonymity of the employee submitting the report.
All reports of known or suspected violations of the law or this Code will be handled sensitively and with discretion. Your supervisor, the Secretarial / Legal Department and the Company will protect your confidentiality to the extent possible, consistent with law and the Company’s need to investigate your concern.
In addition, the Company has instituted specific “whistle blowing” policy (KCM-P-02) and procedures relating to the complaint and investigation procedures for
accounting, internal accounting controls, fraud or accounting matters. You may contact the Secretarial /Legal Department for a copy of these policies and procedures or access them on intranet.
Policy against Retaliation
The Company prohibits retaliation against an employee who, in good faith, seeks help or reports known or suspected violations. Any reprisal or retaliation against an employee because the employee, in good faith, sought help or filed a report will be subject to disciplinary action, including potential termination of employment.
Compliance with laws and regulations
Each employee has an obligation to comply with all laws, rules and regulations applicable to the Company’s operations. These include, without limitation, laws covering bribery and kickbacks, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets, information privacy, insider trading, illegal political contributions, antitrust prohibitions, foreign corrupt practices (including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, see below), offering or receiving gratuities, environmental hazards, employment discrimination or harassment, occupational health and safety, false or misleading financial information or misuse of corporate assets.
You are expected to understand and comply with all laws, rules and regulations that apply to your job position. If any doubt exists about whether a course of action is lawful, you should seek advice from your supervisor or the Legal Department.
At KCM, upholding people’s fundamental rights is central in our everyday business operations. At a minimum KCM PLC complies with all applicable local, state and national laws regarding human rights and workers’ rights where the Company does business.
All our units are compliant with applicable regulations, strive to uphold all labour rights and are aligned with national and international regulations. All employees are required to comply with our Human Rights Policy-KCM-P-72.
The Company’s Human Rights Policy is aligned to the UN Guiding Principles on business and human rights and includes a ban on child or forced labour – either directly or through contract labour.
Anti-Bribery and Corruption
The Company and its employees shall not offer or provide an undue monetary or other advantage to any person or persons, including public officials, customers or employees, in violation of laws and the officials’ legal duties in order to obtain or retain business.
Bribery is the offer, promise, giving, demanding or acceptance of an advantage as an inducement for an action which is illegal, unethical or a breach of trust.
The UK Bribery Act (“UKBA”) prohibits company and its associated persons from offering, promising or giving any financial or other advantage to bring about the improper performance by another person of a relevant function or activity, to influence a foreign public official in performance of his or her official functions with an intention to obtain or retain business or an advantage in the conduct of business. Further, receipt of bribe is also covered by the act and is an offence under it. Stated more concisely the UKBA prohibits payment and receipt of bribes directly or indirectly through associated person.
A “public official’ includes anyone, whether elected or appointed, who performs public functions in any branch of national, local or municipal government anywhere in the world. It includes officials holding a legislative, administrative or judicial position of any kind. It also covers a person who exercises a public function, such as professionals working for public health agencies and officers in state owned enterprises”
U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (the “FCPA”) prohibits the company and its employees and agents from offering or giving money or any other item of value to win or retain business or to influence any act or decision of any governmental official, political party, candidate for political office or official of a public international organization. Stated more concisely, the FCPA prohibits the payment of bribes, kickback or other inducements to foreign officials.
This prohibition also extends to payments to a sales representative or agent if there is reason to believe that the payment will be used indirectly for a prohibited payment to foreign officials. Violation of the FCPA is a crime that can result in severe fines and criminal penalties, as well as disciplinary action by the company, up to and including termination of employment.
Please note that even facilitation payments i.e. small or minor payments (whether in cash or as favours or benefits) made to secure or speed up routine legal government actions. Facilitation payments are considered bribes and prohibited under the UK Bribery Act. Therefore prohibited under this code too.
Therefore it is important for employees to note that the code prohibits any undue monetary or facilitation payments, other advantage to any person or persons, including public officials, customers or employees, any Associated Persons, in violation of laws and the officials’ legal duties in order to obtain or retain business.
Please also note that agreements with consultants, brokers, sponsors, agents or other intermediaries must not be used to channel payments to any person or persons, including public officials, customers or employees, to circumvent the company’s policies regarding bribery and corruption.
Fraud and Money Laundering
KCM PLC is committed to the elimination of fraud, to the rigorous investigation of any suspected cases of fraud and, where fraud or another criminal act is proven, to ensure that wrongdoers are appropriately dealt with.
KCM PLC also complies with the applicable money laundering regulations in its jurisdiction in which it operates and will co-operate fully with any investigation conducted by regulatory authorities involving potential money laundering by an employee, officer or director of the company.
The Company is committed to the elimination of fraud, to the rigorous investigation of any suspected cases of fraud and, where fraud or another criminal act is proven, to ensure that wrongdoers are appropriately dealt with.
Political Contributions and Religious affiliations
The Company respects the right of every employee to have political and religious beliefs and affiliations that are legal and permitted by law. However, all political and religious issues are personal in nature and cannot be done in office time, on office premises or involve office colleagues’
You must not:
Specifically no funds or assets of the company may be contributed to any political party or organization or to any individual who either holds public office or is a candidate for
public office except where such a contribution is permitted by applicable law and has been authorised by the Chief Financial Officer or the Board of Directors.
In addition, neither the Company nor any of its subsidiaries may under any circumstances make donations or contributions to political organizations in the United Kingdom, United States or European Union. Should any such donations be contemplated by the Board of Directors, shareholder approval would be sought in advance.
Health, Safety and Environment
The health and safety of our employees and any other person who may be affected by the Company’s operations is of paramount importance. The Company is committed to using international standards on health and safety and to ensuring a ‘zero harm’ environment for our employees and contractors.
The key health and safety challenges our business faces are understood and the business approach to safety is tailored according to the challenges posed by the operations linked to extraction and processing, and the geographies in which they are situated.
The Company is committed to ensure complying with international best practices, with our processes mapped against international standards such as the International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) Performance Standards which are applied to the entire lifecycle of all our operations.
The Company and its employees shall act positively to prevent injury, ill health, damage and loss arising from its operations as well as to comply with all regulatory or other legal requirements pertaining to safety, health and the environment.
All employees are required to be aware of health, safety and environmental issues and to be familiar with applicable laws and the Company’s policies applicable to their areas of business/work and importantly be alert to report any unsafe or illegal activity that may jeopardize the safety and health of others at the work place.
Slavery and Human Trafficking
At Konkola Copper Mines Plc, we are committed in our approach to tackling modern slavery in our business and supply chain, consistent with the disclosure obligations under the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015. We expect the same high standards from all our contractors, suppliers and other business partners.
We are committed to ensuring that there is no use of forced, compulsory or trafficked labor or anyone held in slavery or servitude in any part of our business and we expect that our suppliers will apply the same high standards to their own organization and supply chain.
Compliance with insider trading laws
Konkola Copper Mines a subsidiary of Vedanta Resources subscribes to the group policy on insider trading. The insider trading policy-, which may be accessed on KCM intranet under Vedanta Policies and Practices or obtained from the Secretarial / Legal Department should be refered to for guidance. The following is a summary of some of the general principles relevant to insider trading, and should be read in conjunction with the aforementioned specific policy.
Company employees are prohibited from trading in the shares or other securities of the Company while in possession of material, nonpublic information about the Company. In addition, Company employees are prohibited from recommending, “Tipping” or suggesting that anyone else buy or sell shares or other securities of the Company on the basis of material, nonpublic information.
Company employees who obtain material nonpublic information about another company in the course of their employment are prohibited from trading in the shares or securities of the other company while in possession of such information or “tipping” others to trade on the basis of such information.
Violation of insider trading laws can result in severe fines and criminal prosecution by the regulatory authority and disciplinary action by the Company, up to and including termination of employment.
Information is ‘non-public’ if it has not been made generally available to the public by means of a press release or other means of widespread distribution. Information is “material” if a reasonable investor would consider it important in a decision to buy, hold or sell shares or other securities.
As a rule of thumb, any information that would affect the value of shares or other securities should be considered material. Examples of information that is generally considered “material” include:
The golden rules are:
Whistle Blower Policy
Complaint and Investigation Procedures for Accounting, Internal Accounting Controls, Fraud or Auditing Matters.
The following procedures have been instituted by Konkola Copper Mines Plc(‘Company’) to govern the receipt, retention, and treatment of complaints regarding the Company’s accounting, internal accounting controls or auditing matters, and to protect the confidential, anonymous reporting of employee concerns regarding questionable accounting or auditing matters.
These policies and procedures apply to and are available to all employees of the Company and its subsidiaries, Directors and all external stakeholders.
It is the policy of the Company to treat complaints about accounting, internal accounting controls, auditing matters, or questionable financial practices (“Accounting Complaints”) seriously and expeditiously.
Employees will be given the opportunity to submit for review by the Company confidential and anonymous Accounting Complaints, including without limitation, the following:
If requested by the employee, the Company will protect the confidentiality and anonymity of the employee to the fullest extent possible, consistent with the need to conduct an adequate review. Vendors, customers, business partners and other parties external to the Company will also be given the opportunity to submit Accounting Complaints; however, the Company is not obligated to keep Accounting Complaints from non-employees confidential or to maintain the anonymity of non-employees.
Accounting Complaints will be reviewed under Audit Committee direction and oversight by the Company’s in-house general counsel (“General Counsel”), Internal Audit Manager or such other persons as the Audit Committee or General Counsel determines to be appropriate.
The Company will abide by all laws that prohibit retaliation against employees who lawfully submit complaints under these procedures. In the event that the Company contracts with a third party to handle complaints or any part of the complaint process, the third party will comply with these policies and procedures.
Complaints and the Investigation Procedures
The following procedures have been adopted by the Board Committee of Konkola Copper Mines Plc (the “Company”) to govern the receipt, retention, and treatment of Complaints and to protect the confidential, anonymous reporting of the same.
These policies and procedures apply to and are available to all employees of the Company, its units and all external stakeholders.
Employees have the opportunity to submit / report ‘Complaints’ pertaining to the following areas such as:
The Company will protect the confidentiality and anonymity of the complainant to the fullest extent possible with an objective to conduct an adequate review.
External stakeholders such as vendors, customers, business partners etc. have the opportunity to submit ‘Complaints’; however, the Company is not obligated to keep ‘Complaints’ from non-employees confidential or to maintain the anonymity of non-employees.
We encourage individuals sending ‘Complaints’ / raising any matter to identify themselves instead of sending anonymous ‘Complaints’ as it will assist in an effective complaint review process.
Post review, if the ‘Complaint’ is found to be have been made with mala fide intention, stringent action will be taken against the complainant. We encourage employees to report genuine ‘Complaints’ and those submitted in good faith.
Receipts of Complaints
The Company regards any contravention of the Code as a serious matter. Any suspected or alleged contravention under investigation must be treated with utmost confidentiality.
If employees believe that their own actions have, or may have, contravened the Code, they should either advise the person to whom they report or a person at management level responsible for Human Capital Management, Company Audit Services, Security Department or the Legal Department.
Employees should also be referred to our Whistleblower policy (KCM-P-02). Any Whistle-blowing incident can be reported through the CEO’s Office for investigation and will be treated with the strictest confidentiality using the following contacts:
Postal Address: The Chief Executive Officer
KCM Whistle Blower
Konkola Copper Mines Plc
P.O Box 11271
Call toll free hotline number +1 704-526-1125
The Company will protect the confidentiality and anonymity of the complainant to the fullest extent possible with an objective to conduct an adequate review. External stakeholders, such as vendors, customers, business partners, etc., have the opportunity to submit ‘Complaints’. However, the company is not obligated to keep complaints from non employees confidential but will maintain the anonymity of non employees. However we encourage individuals sending complaints/raising any matter to identify themselves instead of sending anonymous ‘complaints’ as it will assist in an effective complaint review process.
If employees suspect that a contravention of the Code has been committed by another employee of the company, they should promptly and confidentially report this, preferably in writing, to the Company. They should either advise the person to whom they report or one of the management level persons referred to above. They must not confront the individual concerned. By following this process, confidentiality will be maintained and the matter will be investigated impartially.
As contravention of the Code is a serious matter, it may result in disciplinary action, including the termination of employment. Certain breaches of the Code could also result in civil or criminal proceedings.
Treatment of Complaints
Shall be dealt with as provided for in the KCM whistle blower policy KCM-P-02.
Access to Reports and Records and Disclosure of Investigation Results
All reports and records associated with ‘Complaints’ are considered confidential information and access will be restricted to members of the KCM Ethics Committee, Audit Committee, Company Secretary and any other person permitted by the company.
‘Complaints’ and any resulting investigations, reports or resulting actions will generally not be disclosed to the public except as required by any legal requirements or regulations or by any corporate policy in place at that time.
Retention of Records
All documents relating to such ‘Complaint’s made through the procedures outlined above shall be retained for at least five years from the date of the ‘Complaint’, after which the information may be destroyed unless the information may be relevant to any pending or potential litigation, inquiry, or investigation, in which case the information will be retained for the duration of that litigation, inquiry, or investigation and therefore as necessary.
Amendment to the policy
The Company reserves its right to amend or modify this Policy in whole or in part, at any time without assigning any reason whatsoever and the same will be posted on the Company’s website.
As an employee of the Company, you have an obligation to advance the Company’s interests when the opportunity to do so arises.
If you discover or are presented with a business opportunity through the use of corporate property, information or because of your position with the Company, you should first present the business opportunity to the Company before pursuing the opportunity in your individual capacity.
No employee may use corporate property, information or his or her position with the Company for personal gain or for any other person or entity’s gain, and no employee should compete with the Company or deprive the Company of any business opportunity or benefit which could be construed as related to any existing or reasonably anticipated future activity of the Company.
Employees who learn of such opportunity through their association with the Company may not disclose it to a third party or invest in the opportunity without first offering it to the Company.
Employees are prohibited from:
You should disclose to your supervisor the terms and conditions of each business opportunity covered by this Code that you wish to pursue.
Your supervisor will contact the Secretarial / Legal Department and the appropriate management personnel to determine whether the Company wishes to pursue the business opportunity. If the Company waives its right to pursue the business opportunity, you may pursue the business opportunity on the same terms and conditions as originally proposed and consistent with the other ethical guidelines set forth in this Code.
Competition and fair Dealing
All employees are obligated to deal fairly with fellow employees and with the Company’s customers, suppliers, competitors and other third parties. Employees should not take unfair advantage of anyone through manipulation, concealment, and abuse of privileged information, misrepresentation or any other unfair-dealing practice.
As an Employee, you must not:
Compliance with all applicable laws and regulations is an absolute must and non-negotiable. The Company has a zero tolerance policy for breach of regulations and rules and expects every employee not only to be fully aware of all applicable laws but also to comply with the same in letter and spirit.
Relationships with Customers
Our business success depends upon our ability to foster lasting customer relationships.
The Company is committed to dealing with customers fairly, honestly and with integrity.
The Company believes in exercising due care and diligence in establishing business relations with its customers and counter parties.
All employees must adhere to the key principle of customer identification. The identity of every customer must be established from a reliable identifying source or materials or documents.
Specifically, you should keep the following guidelines in mind when dealing with customers:
Relationships with Suppliers
The Company deals fairly and honestly with its suppliers. This means that our relationships with suppliers are based on price, quality, service and reputation, among other factors.
The Company has high stakes in the procurement of goods and services. We recognize that we need to manage this expenditure from social, ethical and environmental perspective by ensuring that our suppliers meet our high standards for responsible behavior. To achieve this aim, social, ethical and environmental considerations will become an integral part of how we evaluate and select our suppliers.
There are two areas of focus for procurement activity:
Our procurement processes aims to surface ethical issues. Where serious ethical issues are identified, supplier will be excluded from doing business with us.
Our procurement process will ensure that we take all possible steps to make sure our suppliers do not unnecessarily impact the environment in the way they produce, consume and dispose of materials.
We aim actively to ensure that due regard is given to each of these issues in every managed procurement by KCM PLC.
Employees dealing with suppliers should carefully guard their objectivity. Specifically, no employee should accept or solicit any personal benefit from a supplier or potential supplier that might compromise, or appear to compromise, their objective assessment of the supplier’s products and prices.
Employees can give or accept promotional items of nominal value or moderately scaled entertainment within the limits of responsible and customary business practice. Please see ‘Gifts and Entertainment’ below for additional guidelines in this area.
Relationships with Competitors
The Company is committed to free and open competition in the marketplace. Employees should avoid actions that would be contrary to laws governing competitive practices in the marketplace.
Such actions include misappropriation and/or misuse of a competitor’s confidential information or making false statements about the competitor’s business and business practices.
The Company and its employees shall under no circumstances engage in any anti-competitive practices such as illegal fixing of prices, sharing of markets or other actions which prevent, restrict or distort competition in violation of applicable anti-trust laws.
Relationships with stakeholders
Entity’s ability to conduct business is directly affected by government decision making, and it seeks to have open and constructive relationships with governments.
If you have contact with government officials during your work, or are asked to provide information in connection with a government or regulatory agency enquiry or investigation, you must make sure that any information you provide is truthful and accurate, and that Company’s legitimate interests are protected
Always be truthful, accurate, cooperative and courteous when dealing with government or regulatory agency officials. Notify and seek advice from your Legal representative if you receive a non-routine request from a government or regulatory agency official Stand firm against possible corruption. Never offer anything of value to obtain an actual or perceived improper advantage.
Conflicts of Interest
An employee’s primary employment obligation is to the Company. The Company’s employees shall avoid entering into any situation in which their personal or financial interests may with those of the Company.
Business decisions and actions must be based on the best interests of the Company, and must not be motivated by personal considerations or relationships. Relationships with prospective or existing suppliers, contractors, customers, competitors or regulators must not affect our independent and sound judgment on behalf of the Company.
General guidelines to help employees better understand several of the most common examples of situations that may cause a conflict of interest are listed below. However, employees are required to disclose to the respective principal financial officers any situation that may be, or appears to be, a conflict of interest. When in doubt, it is best to disclose.
The Company expects from its employees a sound level of allegiance to the Company.
This includes adherence to the noncompeting ethics by persons possessing significant confidential information.
Identifying Potential Conflicts of Interest
A conflict of interest can occur when an employee’s private interest interferes, or appears to interfere, with the interests of the company as a whole.
You should avoid any private interest that influences your ability to act in the interests of the Company or that makes it difficult to perform your work objectively and effectively.
Identifying potential conflicts of interest may not always be clear-cut. The following situations are examples of conflicts of interest:
For purposes of this Code, “family members” include your spouse or life-partner, brothers, sisters and parents, in-laws and children whether such relationships are by blood or adoption. Employees may not seek to obtain special treatment from the Company for family members or friends or for businesses in which family members or friends have an interest.
For purposes of this Code, a company is a “material” customer if the company has made payments to the Company in the past year in excess of US$1,000,000 or 2% of the customer’s gross revenues, whichever is greater.
A company is a ‘material’ supplier if the company has received payments from the Company in the past year in excess of US$1,000,000 or 2% of the supplier’s gross revenues, whichever is greater.
A company is a ‘material’ competitor if the company competes in the Company’s line of business and has annual gross revenues from such line of business in excess of US$1,000,000.
If you are uncertain whether a particular company is a material customer, supplier or competitor, please contact the Secretarial / Legal Department for assistance.
Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest
The Company requires that employees disclose any situations that reasonably would be expected to give rise to a conflict of interest. If you suspect that you have a conflict of interest, or something that others could reasonably perceive as a conflict of interest, you must report it to your supervisor or the Secretarial / Legal Department.
Your supervisor and the Secretarial / Legal Department will work with you to determine whether you have a conflict of interest and, if so, how best to address it.
Although conflicts of interest are not automatically prohibited, they are not desirable and may only be waived as described in “Waivers of the Code” above.
Senior officers must disclose to the board of directors any material transaction or relationship that could reasonably be expected to give rise to a conflict of interest.
Gifts and Entertainment
Generally it is not acceptable to exchange gifts with business partners/customers and authorities since this may imply influence or the potential to influence in favour of the employee/Company and compromise objectivity in decision making.
However the Company recognizes that it may be customary to receive and give nominal gifts to our business partners and colleagues on special occasions like marriages, celebrations etc. as long as such gift is within the norms of the Company’s gift policy and is not meant to influence decision making in any manner. Likewise entertainment incidental to normal course of business that is normal is also permitted.
Individuals should make every effort to refuse or return gifts having commercial value. Under exceptional circumstances if gifts are to be accepted then the same should be reported to the immediate superior and deposited with the Company Secretary. Perishable gift items may be distributed in office. Company Secretary should circulate details of such gifts to the Company CEO/ Unit Head on a bi-monthly basis.
Bona fide hospitality and promotional, or other business expenditure which seeks to improve the image of a commercial organization, better to present products and services, or establish cordial relations, is recognized as an established and important part of doing business.
It is your responsibility to use good judgment in this area. As a general rule, you may give or receive entertainment to or from customers or suppliers only if the entertainment would not be viewed as an inducement to or reward for any particular business decision. Therefore the sums informed in this regard must be nominal.
Entertainment expenses should be properly accounted for on expense reports.
This policy should be following in letter and spirit.
For further guidance you should contact the Company Secretary / HR Head.
Protection and Use of Company Assets
Employees should protect the Company’s assets and ensure their efficient use for legitimate business purposes only. Theft, carelessness and waste have a direct impact on the Company’s profitability.
The use of Company funds or assets, whether or not for personal gain, for any unlawful or improper purpose is prohibited.
To ensure the protection and proper use of the Company’s assets, each employee should:
Employees should be aware that Company property includes all data and communications transmitted or received to or by, or contained in, the Company’s electronic or telephonic systems.
Company property also includes all written communications. Employees and other users of this property should have no expectation of privacy with respect to these communications and data. To the extent permitted by law, the Company has the ability, and reserves the right, to monitor all electronic and telephonic communication. These communications may also be subject to disclosure to law enforcement or government officials.
Employees have access to a variety of confidential information while employed at the Company. An employee is required to keep confidential or not to disclose or use the confidential information belonging to the Company or belonging to a third party which has been received by the Company pursuant to a confidentiality agreement or received by the Company in circumstances where it is clear or evident that the information is proprietary and confidential.
Furthermore, employees shall comply with the terms of all confidentiality or other agreements relating to information received from third parties. The foregoing shall not apply where the disclosure is made with the written consent of the Company or where law requires the disclosure.
Such confidential information must be given up to the Company when the employee leaves the Company’s employment.
Confidential information includes all information that is internally generated by the Company concerning the business of the Company. It may also include information obtained from sources outside the Company, including information about other companies or their securities.
Confidential information includes all non-public information that might be of use to competitors, or, if disclosed, harmful to the Company or its customers.
The following is a non-exclusive list of confidential information:
Employees have a duty to safeguard all confidential information of the Company or third parties with which the Company conducts business, except when disclosure is authorized or legally mandated.
You should consider all information, from whatever source, to be confidential until it has been made available to the general public for a reasonable period of time.
Employees should not discuss confidential information with anyone outside the Company.
Any questions or concerns regarding whether disclosure of Company information is legally mandated should be promptly referred to the Legal Department.
An employee’s obligation to protect confidential information continues after he or she leaves the Company. Unauthorized disclosure of confidential information could cause competitive harm to the Company or its customers and could result in legal liability to you and the Company.
Safeguarding Confidential Information
Care must be taken to safeguard confidential information. Accordingly, the following measures should be adhered to:
The Company places high value on responsible communication strategies as it is watched by the world at large – competitors, customers, investors, media, public, regulators and other stakeholders. Every information which is shared, planned or otherwise, about the activities of KCM PLC influences the Company’s overall image. Managing the communication which reaches the public, especially the financial and investing community as well as the media, is therefore important. The Company wants to be seen to communicate the right messages at the right times in an integrated, consistent and positive manner.
Accuracy of Company Records
Accurate and reliable records are crucial to our business. Our records are the basis of our earnings statements, financial reports and other disclosures to the public and guide our business decision-making and strategic planning.
Company records include booking information, payroll, timecards, travel and expense reports, e-mails, accounting and financial data, measurement and performance records, electronic data files and all other records maintained in the ordinary course of our business.
As a public company we are subject to various securities laws, regulations and reporting obligations. All Company’s business transactions must be fully and fairly recorded in accordance with the Company’s accounting principles and other appropriate requirements. Improper or fraudulent documentation or reporting is contrary to the requirements and the Company’s philosophy and Code.
Both applicable law and our policies require the disclosure of accurate and complete information regarding the Company’s business, financial condition and results of operations.
In addition, applicable law requires the Company to maintain proper internal books and records and to devise and maintain an adequate system of internal accounting controls.
Employees are prohibited from (1) falsifying records or accounts subject to the above requirements and (2) making any materially false, misleading, or incomplete statement to an accountant in connection with an audit or any public filing with the relevant stock exchanges.
These provisions are intended to discourage officers, directors, and other persons with access to the Company’s books and records from taking action that might result in the communication of materially misleading financial information to the investing public.
All Company records must be complete, accurate and reliable in all material respects.
Undisclosed or unrecorded funds, payments or receipts are inconsistent with our business practices and are prohibited.
You are responsible for understanding and complying with our record keeping policy (KCM-CP-28)Inaccurate, incomplete or untimely reporting will not be tolerated and can severely damage the Company and result in legal liability.
Please ask your supervisor if you have any questions.
Communicating with Media
As per the Company’s Code of Conduct only Business Units PR Heads are authorised to interact with media organizations, oversee drafting, coordination of media releases and statements, coordination of interviews, media kits and background material.
The Communications guidelines stipulates that all matters relating to external communication and media are under the direction of the Company Communications department and identifies authorized spokespersons that may interact with the media. No employees, other than authorized spokespersons, may respond to the media.
To ensure compliance with this policy, all news media or other public requests for information regarding the Company should be directed to the Head –KCM Communications.
The Company Communications, Investor Relations, Secretarial & Legal Department will work with you and the appropriate personnel to evaluate and coordinate a response to the request.
The Company prohibits any employee privy to confidential information from communicating such information to anyone else, unless it is necessary to do so in the course of business. If you are in doubt about the extent of information that you can communicate, please consult your supervisor or the head of your operating unit.
Efforts are to be made to limit access to such confidential information to only those who need to know the information and such persons should be advised to keep the information confidential.
If an employee should become aware of any matter which may be Material Information which may not already be known to the Company, he/she should bring it to the attention of his manager so that if necessary the Council can be made aware of it.
Any employee who is privy to Material Information must be considered to be an Employee Insider and therefore subject to the Company’s Insider Trading Prohibition Policy.
Outside parties including our consultants, advisors and suppliers should be made to enter into confidentiality agreements.
They should obtain prior written permission before disclosing any information related to the Company or individual subsidiaries. Such outsiders may not trade in our Securities until the information is publicly disclosed.
Prevention of Selective Disclosure
Preventing selective disclosure is necessary to comply with applicable laws and to preserve the reputation and integrity of the Company as well as that of all persons affiliated with it.
‘Selective disclosure’ occurs when any person provides potentially market-moving information to selected persons before the news is available to the investing public generally.
Selective disclosure is a crime under United States law and the penalties for violating the law are severe.
The following guidelines have been established to avoid improper selective disclosure.
Every officer, director and employee is required to follow these procedures:
These procedures do not apply to the routine process of making previously released information regarding the Company available upon inquiries made by investors, investment analysts and members of the media.
Any inquiry by governmental or regulatory authorities, including the relevant stock exchanges, could substantially damage the Company’s reputation.
Please contact the Secretarial / Legal Department if you have any questions about the scope or application of the Company’s policies regarding selective disclosure.
Corporate Social Responsibility
We have an obligation to the communities in which we operate to help in whatever way we can to improve the quality of life for all. The Company is committed to voluntary and affirmative action to support the economically weaker sections and the Communities where we operate.
Waivers of the Code
Waivers of this Code for employees may be made only by an executive officer of the Company. Any waiver of this Code for our directors, executive officers or other principal financial officers may be made only by our Board of Directors and will be disclosed to the public as required by applicable law or stock exchange regulation.
This Code of Business Conduct and Ethics contains general guidelines for conducting the business of the Company consistent with the highest standards of business ethics. If you have any questions about these guidelines, please contact your supervisor or the Secretarial / Legal Department or submit your questions to the Company at the email address “Whistleblower.CEO@kcm.co.zm.”
We expect all Company employees, to adhere to these standards.
This Code and the matters contained herein are neither a contract of employment nor a guarantee of continuing Company policy.
We reserve the right to amend, supplement or discontinue this Code and the matters addressed herein, without prior notice, at any time.
Supplier Code of Conduct
This Supplier Code of Conduct is applicable to all ‘Suppliers’ globally. ‘Supplier’ here refers to suppliers/ service providers/ vendors/ traders / agents/ consultants/ contractors/ joint venture partners/ third parties including their employees, agents and other representatives, who have a business relationship with and provide, sell, seek to sell, any kinds of goods or services to KCM (Konkola Copper Mines) Plc or any of its business units
This Code sets forth the basic requirements that we ask our Suppliers to respect and adhere to when conducting business with KCM. This Code embodies KCM’s commitment to internationally recognized standards, including the Core Conventions of the International Labour Organization, United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights as well as prevalent industry standards, and all other relevant and applicable statutory requirements concerning Environment Protection, Minimum Wages, Child Labour, Anti-Bribery, Anti-Corruption, Health and Safety, whichever requirements impose the highest standards of conduct.
The policy shall be reviewed as and when need arises.
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Duties of Independent Director
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