Code of Business Conduct and Ethics
This Code of Business Conduct and Ethics (the “ Code”) has been adopted by the Board of Directors of Everton Resources Inc. (the “ Company”). This Code covers a wide range of business practices and procedures. It does not cover every issue that may arise, but it sets out basic principles to guide all employees and directors of the Company. In this document, the term “Company” refers to Everton Resources Inc. and its subsidiaries.
Obeying the law, both in letter and in spirit, is the foundation on which this Company's ethical standards are built. All of the Company's employees and directors must conduct themselves accordingly and seek to avoid even the appearance of improper behavior. All employees, officers and directors are expected to adhere to the principles contained in this Code. Consultants and contractors retained by the Company are also expected to conduct themselves in accordance with the principles of this Code in their activities relating to the Company. The employee or director retaining the services of a consultant or contractor should take all responsible steps to prevent the violation of this Code by such consultant or contractor.
Employees and directors will be held accountable for their adherence to this Code. Failure to observe the terms of this Code may result in disciplinary action, including suspension, termination of employment or removal from the Board of Directors. Furthermore, violations of this Code may be violations of the law and may result in civil and criminal liabilities.
Compliance with all applicable laws and regulations is essential to the conduct of the Company’s business.
CONFLICT OF INTEREST
In discharging their duties, employees and directors must act honestly and in good faith having in view the best interest of the Company. A "conflict of interest" exists when a person's private interests interfere with the interests of the Company. All employees and directors must avoid situations involving a conflict of interest unless it has been approved by the Board of Directors of the Company. In particular, any activity which would allow an employee, a director, or a member of their immediate family, to enjoy personal gain or benefit as a result of their relationship with the Company would be considered a conflict of interest.
Employees and directors have a duty to advance the Company's legitimate interests when the opportunity to do so arises. Employees and directors are prohibited from taking for themselves personally opportunities that are discovered through the use of corporate property, information or position without the consent of the Board of Directors. No employee or director may use corporate property, information, or position for improper personal gain, and no employee may compete with the Company directly or indirectly.
Employees and directors must comply with prescribed accounting, internal accounting, and auditing procedures and controls at all times. All records must accurately reflect and properly describe the transactions they record. All assets, liabilities, revenues and expenses shall be properly recorded on a timely basis in the books of the Company. Each employee must be vigilant in preventing fraud and dishonesty, and report immediately any evidence of wrongdoing.
Generally, Canadian securities laws prohibit trading in the securities of a company while in possession of material, non-public information regarding such company. The Company and its employees and directors are subject to such laws and regulations. As a result, employees and directors shall not buy or sell Company’s stock or make recommendations regarding it based upon insider information. Insider information is material information that is not generally known by those outside the Company that could affect the value of the Company's stock.
Employees and directors may not directly or indirectly use or disclose any secret or confidential knowledge or data of the Company, except as authorized in their ordinary course of employment or as required by law. Any notes, memoranda, notebooks, drawings or other documents made, compiled or delivered to employees during the period of their employment are the exclusive property of the Company and must be turned over to it at the time of termination of their employment or at any other time upon the Company's request. Additionally, while it is appropriate to gather information about the Company's markets, including publicly available information regarding competitors, employees and officers should not seek to acquire proprietary and confidential information of competitors by unlawful or unethical means, including information resulting in the breach of nondisclosure obligations by competitors' employees or other third parties.
AND PROPER USE OF COMPANY ASSETS
All employees, officers and directors should endeavor to protect the Company's assets and ensure their efficient use. The use of any funds or other assets of, or the providing of any services by, the Company for any purpose which is unlawful under applicable laws is prohibited. Employees, officers and directors may not use employees, materials, equipment or other assets of the Company for any unauthorized purpose.
Employees ceasing employment with the Company shall return all documents, or data belonging to the Company such as computer hardware and software, database, cellular phones, credit card, books, etc.
Any inventions, developments or improvements which are conceived by employees during their period of employment by the Company must be promptly disclosed to the Company in writing, and will in most cases be the Company's exclusive property. Inventions which were developed on an employee's own time and are not related to the Company's business or research would not be the Company's property.
The Company is committed to encouraging the respect of individuals, their integrity and their dignity by ensuring that the working environment and relations between employees shall be free of discrimination and harassment.
All employees and directors are required to comply with all applicable federal, provincial, and local laws and regulations relating to the protection of the environment. Additionally, employees, officers and directors must comply with all environmental policies adopted by the Company.
The Company expects employees and directors to take all responsible steps to prevent a violation of this Code. Any employee or director who observes or otherwise becomes aware of any illegal, unethical behavior or any violation of the Code shall report the violation as soon as reasonably possible.
Employees are encouraged to talk to supervisors, managers or other appropriate personnel when in doubt about the best course of action to take in a particular situation. It is the policy of the Company not to allow retaliation for reports of misconduct by others made in good faith by employees. Employees and directors are expected to cooperate in internal investigations of misconduct. These matters will be treated with discretion and diligence.
Employees who experience or observe any breach to this Code including work related discrimination, harassment or similar problems are urged to report them to Chairman of the Board.
If your concerns relate to the conduct of the Chief Executive Officer or any other senior executive or financial officer, you may also report your concerns to the Chair of the Audit Committee.
In the case of accounting, internal accounting controls or auditing
matters, you should promptly contact the Chair of the Audit Committee or the
Chairman of the Board. If you prefer to report anonymously any concerns regarding
accounting, internal accounting controls, and other auditing matters, the Company
has established an internal
Policy, a copy of which is attached to this Code as Exhibit A. If you wish to report an allegation
anonymously, you must provide enough information about the incident or
situation to allow the Company to investigate properly.
OF THE CODE
Every effort will be made to resolve potential conflicts of interest or other ethics code situations when these are disclosed promptly to management, and the parties involved have acted in good faith. In the unlikely event potential conflicts cannot be resolved, waivers will only be given for matters where appropriate. Any waivers for executive officers and directors must be approved, in advance, by the Board of Directors, and will be promptly disclosed if required by law or stock exchange regulation.
Each employee and director will be required to certify on an annual basis that he or she has read this Code and is in compliance.
The purpose of this policy is to establish procedures for the receipt, retention and treatment of complaints received by Everton Resources Inc. (the “ Company”) regarding accounting, internal accounting controls, auditing matters and (b) the submission by employees of the Company, on a confidential and anonymous basis, of concerns regarding questionable accounting and auditing matters. This Policy was approved by the Audit Committee of the Company.
The Company’s Code of Business Conduct and Ethics provides that employees may report any concerns or complaints regarding accounting, internal accounting controls or audit related matters to the Chair of the Audit Committee or the Chairman of the Board of Directors (the Chair of the Audit Committee and the Chairman of the Board are hereinafter referred to as the “ Chair”).
Following the receipt of any complaints submitted hereunder, the Chair shall promptly investigate each matter so reported. The Chair may enlist employees of the Company and/or outside legal, accounting or other advisors, as appropriate, to conduct any investigation of complaints regarding financial statement disclosures, accounting, internal accounting controls, auditing matters or violations of the Company’s Code of Business Conduct and Ethics. In conducting any investigation, the Chair shall use reasonable efforts to protect the confidentiality and anonymity of the complainant. If appropriate, the Chair may take corrective and disciplinary actions, which may include, alone or in combination, a warning or letter of reprimand, demotion, loss of merit increase, bonus or stock options, suspension without pay or termination of employment. It is the obligation of all employees or directors to cooperate in such investigations.
In the event that the investigation reveals that the complaint was frivolously made or undertaken for improper motives or made in bad faith or without a reasonable and probable basis, that complainant’s supervisor may take whatever disciplinary action may be appropriate in the circumstances.
The Chairman shall retain as a part of the records of the Audit Committee any such complaints or concerns for a period of no less than seven (7) years.
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