Code of Ethics
IPG Pharma Limited will conduct its business honestly and ethically wherever we operate in the world. We will constantly improve the quality of our services, products and operations and will create a reputation for honesty, fairness, respect, responsibility, integrity, trust, and sound business judgment. No illegal or unethical conduct on the part of officers, employees or affiliates is in the company’s best interest. IPG Pharma Limited will not compromise its principals for short term advantage. The ethical performance of this company is the sum of the ethics of the men and women who work here. Thus, we are all expected to adhere to high standards of personal integrity.
Officers, directors and employees of the company must never permit their personal interests to conflict, or appear to conflict, with the interests of the company, its clients or affiliates. Officers, directors and employees must be particularly careful to avoid representing IPG Pharma Limited in any transactions with others with whom there is any outside business affiliation or relationship. Officers, directors and employees shall avoid using their company contacts to advance their private business or personal interests at the expense of the company, its clients or affiliates.
Officers, directors and employees of the company must never accept gifts from clients, suppliers, customers, or partners for the benefit of another party. Officers, directors and employees are expected to avoid any personal, financial or other interests that may interfere with the quality of the services provided.
Officers, directors and employees of IPG Pharma Limited will often come into contact with, or have possession of proprietary, confidential or business sensitive information and must take appropriate steps to assure that such information is strictly safeguarded. This information, whether it is on behalf of our company or any of our client or affiliates, could include strategic business plans, operating results, marketing strategies, customer lists, personnel records, upcoming acquisitions and divestitures, new business information about this company, other companies, individuals and entities should be treated with sensitivity and discretion and only be disseminated on a need to know basis.
Misuse of material inside information in connections with trading in the company’s or client’s securities can expose an individual to civil liability and penalties. Directors, officers and employees in possession of material information not available to the public are “insiders”. Spouses, friends, suppliers, brokers and others outside the company who may have acquired the information directly or indirectly from a director, officer or employee are also “insiders”. The following guidelines should be followed in dealing with inside information:
- Until the material information has been publicly released by the company, an employee must not disclose it to anyone except those within the company whose positions require use of the information.
- Employees must not buy or sell the company’s or clients securities when they have knowledge of material information concerning the company until it has been disclosed to the public and the public has had sufficient time to absorb the information.
- Employees shall not buy or sell securities of another corporation, the value of which is likely to be affected by an action by the company of which the employee is aware and which has not been publicly disclosed.
Officers, directors and employees will seek to report all information accurately and honestly and as otherwise required by applicable reporting requirements.
Officers, directors and employees will refrain from gathering competitor intelligence by illegitimate means and refrain from acting on knowledge which has been gathered in such a manner. The officers, directors and employees of IPG Pharma Limited will seek to avoid exaggerating or disparaging comparisons of the services and competence of their competitors.
Officers, directors and employees will obey all Equal Employment Opportunity laws and act with respect and responsibility towards others in all of the dealings.
Officers, directors and employees will remain personally balanced so that their personal life will not interfere with their ability to deliver quality products or services to the company and its clients. Officers, directors and employees agree to disclose unethical, dishonest, fraudulent and illegal behaviour, or violation of the company policies and procedures directly to management.
Violation of this Code of Ethics can result in discipline, including possible termination. The degree of discipline relates in part to whether there was a voluntary disclosure of any ethical violation and whether or not the violator cooperated in any subsequent investigation.
Remember that good ethics is good business.