As a publicly listed company, the Company is subject to numerous stringent laws and regulations. All Company employees are made aware of their responsibility to know and understand the laws applicable to their respective job responsibilities and are directed to comply with both the letter and the spirit of these laws. All employees are expected to behave properly within the bounds of law and are also cautioned to avoid any appearance of impropriety. The Company ensures that all stakeholders are aware of these various laws operating within its own
environment, and adopts policies to encourage participation and prevent any violation of these laws. One such policy is the non-acceptance of gifts from persons who have a beneficial relationship with the Company. The Company makes it a point that employees know that gifts and special favors may create an inappropriate expectation or feeling of obligation. It is a policy of the Company that business gifts to, and entertainment of, non-government employees in connection with business discussions or the development of business relationships are only appropriate if they are in the ordinary course of business and their value is modest. (See Code of Ethics and Business Conduct).
In dealings with suppliers and other business partners, the Company likewise ensures that they are compliant with the laws, for example, requiring appropriate registration from the Bureau of Internal Revenue, the local government units, the ERC, SEC and PSE, and other regulatory bodies. Another example is the withdrawal of the members of the Board, management and employees from transactions with potential conflict of interests as mandated. All directors are prohibited from participating in any Board discussion or decision affecting their personal, business or professional interests. All employees, officers and directors have an obligation to act in the best interests of the Company.
The Company’s Code of Ethics and Business Conduct, as well as internal policies not only require a disclosure of conflict of interest but also require a behavior to refrain from entering into transactions of the Company. At the Board level, directors are encouraged to disclose and refrain from participating or voting matters that affect their personal, business or professional interests that are likely to give rise to conflicts of interest situation. All employees, officers and directors have an obligation to act in the best interests of the Company.