People's Garment Public Company Limited
         The Company’s Board of Directors establishes the good corporate governance system and good practices of listed company directors to achieve efficient business operation, stability, sustainable development, economically added value by taking into account stakeholders. It sets management policies on the basis of honesty, good faith, morality, transparency and fairness provided by the Stock Exchange of Thailand. Hence, the following corporate governance policies have been prescribed in writing and handed out to Directors, Executives and employees.

 

Corporate Governance Policies

The Board of Directors is confident that a proper, transparent and accountable governance system is in place along with checks and balances and an internal control system that is sufficient and appropriate.  Alongside these mechanisms are due respect for the rights and equality of shareholders and accountability to all stakeholders.  These key factors contribute to the enhancement of the organization’s immunity and promotion of a balanced and sustainable growth in the long-term.
          In pursuance thereof, the Board of Directors thereby prescribed the following governance policies as a practice guideline for the Company directors, Executive Officers and all employees.
          1.    Company Directors, Executive Officers and all employees are fully committed to the application of governance principles, business ethics and Codes of Conduct for Company Directors, Executive Officers and employees to Company operations.
          2.    Company Directors, Executive Officers and all employees must perform their duties responsibly, prudently, earnestly and honestly in accordance with the relevant laws, Company Articles and Notifications.
          3.    Actions shall be taken to ensure that the Company management structure contains clear prescriptions of powers, duties and responsibilities of each Company Committee and Executive Officer.
          4.    An internal control system shall be installed and risks shall be managed at suitable levels, including an accounting system and financial statement which are accurate and reliable.
          5.    Information shall be disclosed in a sufficient, reliable and timely matter to the extent that the legitimate interests of the Company are not prejudiced.
          6.    The ownership rights of shareholders shall be appreciated and respected.  Shareholders shall be treated equitably.
          7.    Undertakings shall have regard to the responsibilities of shareholders, stakeholders, communities, society and the environment.
          8.    There shall be a determination to strive towards business excellence with commitment to the creation of customer satisfaction by receiving comments and self-assessments in order to enhance management capabilities and continually promote productive creativity.
          9.    Virtue, ethics and good values shall be instilled.  Employees shall be treated fairly with a commitment to develop and enhance the capabilities of personnel.
          10.  Dishonest conduct, corruption and intellectual property violations shall be suppressed.  Laws and human rights shall be respected.
          11.  Conflict of interests shall be dealt with prudently and reasonably with due regard for the Company’s interests.

Governance principles are divided into 5 chapters, as follows:

1.     Rights of Shareholders
            1.1 The Board of Directors appreciates and respects the ownership rights of shareholders.  No actions are taken to violate or infringe the rights of shareholders.  The interests of shareholders are fairly safeguarded and the exercise of rights by all shareholder groups are supported and promoted, whether domestic or foreign, major shareholders, retail shareholders or institutional shareholders, incorporating both the fundamental rights of shareholders, access rights to information in a sufficient and timely manner, and the right to attend shareholders’ meetings to determine directions for operations and decisions on matters having a significant impact on the Company.           1.2     The Board of Directors provides opportunities for shareholders to propose items to be included in the meeting agenda and submit questions prior to the shareholders’ meeting day.  Rules for the proposal of agenda item and advance submission of questions have been published in the Company website.
           1.3     The Board of Directors ensures that information pertaining to the day, time, venue and agenda of the meeting are provided together with explanations and reasons supporting each agenda in the meeting notice.  The shareholders’ meeting venue shall be conveniently accessible.
           1.4     The Board of Directors has granted shareholders with the authority to approve the remunerations of Company Directors on a yearly basis as well as to determine the rules for paying remuneration to each Company Committee.
           1.5     The Board of Directors promotes the use of technology in shareholders’ meetings in order to promote accuracy and speed.  Votes are taken for each item on the agenda.  Shareholders are given the right to elect Company Directors individually and ballot papers are used and independent overseers of the vote count are engaged.
            1.6     The Board of Directors publishes shareholders’ meeting resolutions along with the voting results for each agenda on the Company website on the day following the meeting.
           1.7     The Board of Directors prepares minutes of the shareholders’ meeting.  The minutes provide an explanation of voting procedures, list of Company Directors, members of Company Committees, and Executive Officers present and absent from the meeting, the voting results in each agenda together with questions and answers.  Items which have not been specified in the meeting notice are not added to the agenda.  The minutes are published on the Company website.

        2. Equitable Treatment of Shareholders
           2.1                 The Board of Directors treats all shareholders fairly and equitably.  Shares of the same class carry equal voting rights, i.e. one vote per share.
           2.2     The Board of Directors encourages shareholders who are unable to attend a meeting in person to grant proxies to attend the meeting and vote on their behalves.  The proxy form used allows shareholders to determine voting directions and at least 1 independent director will be provided as an alternative for the grant of shareholder’s proxy.
           2.3     The Board of Directors provides an opportunity for minority shareholders to nominate candidates for election to become Company Directors in the annual general meeting.
              2.4     The Board of Directors publishes the shareholders’ meeting notice in both Thai and English on the Company website at least 30 days in advance of the shareholders’ meeting day.
              2.5     The Board of Directors encourages all shareholders to exercise their shareholders’ rights.  Meeting notices as well as supporting documents are sent to shareholders in advance.  An English version is also prepared for foreign shareholders.
              2.6     The Board of Directors pursues a policy to prevent the use of inside information and has implemented measures to prevent the exploitation of inside information for wrongful interests of oneself or of others.  Company Directors, Executive Officers and employees who are in units which expose them to inside information are prohibited from trading in the Company securities in the one month period prior to the public disclosure of financial statements.
              2.7     The Board of Directors has directed Company Directors and Executive Officers to declare their interests and the interests of connected persons, to act prudently in regard to the management of conflicts of interests and to comply with rules of the Office of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

        3. Role of Stakeholders
               3.1     The Board of Directors appreciates and respects the rights of various stakeholders by having regard to rights under the law or agreement with the Company.  Stakeholders are ensured that their rights are protected and that they are treated fairly and equitably.  A policy has been prescribed as a guideline for the treatment of each stakeholder group, which has also taken into consideration the community, society and the environment, to promote sustainable development, suppress dishonest acts and corruption, avoid intellectual property infringements, including giving due respect to human rights.
              3.2     The Board of Directors supports the social responsibility reporting which has been an integral part of the Annual Report.
              3.3     The Board of Directors provides channels and procedures for all stakeholder groups to report or file a complaint on any matter which poses a risk of loss to the Company, the accuracy of financial statements or an unfair treatment.
              3.4     The Board of Directors has prescribed policies or guidelines for protecting employees or informants of matters which pose a risk of loss to the Company or an unfair treatment.

          4. Disclosure and Transparency
           4.1     The Board of Directors oversees that there is proper, transparent and timely disclosure of significant information in accordance with the relevant laws and regulations.  These disclosures include reports filed in accordance with accounting periods and reports of events having an impact on shareholders’ interests, as well as the disclosure of other information pursuant to good governance principles prescribed by the Stock Exchange of Thailand.  Disclosure is made to the extent that the Company’s legitimate interests are not prejudiced.  Information is published in both Thai and English on the Company’s website, disclosure channels of the Stock Exchange of Thailand and other channels which are comprehensively and equitably accessible.
           4.2     The Board of Directors has established units or responsible persons to perform investor relations functions to communicate with external persons equitably and fairly.

 

          5. Responsibilities of the Board
             5.1     The Board of Directors has prescribed a structure for the Board of Directors comprising of persons having a diverse range of knowledge, competencies and experiences, without limitation to gender, and having the qualifications required by law.  At least one Company Director is a Non-Executive Director who has experience in the Company’s business undertaking.  There are also Independent Directors as required under the Notification of the Office of the Securities and Exchange Commission.
              5.2     The Board of Directors has provided a definition for an Independent Director which meets the minimum requirements of the Office of the Securities and Exchange Commission.
              5.3     The Board of Directors has appointed Company Committees to screen key matters prior to submission to the Board of Directors.
              5.4     The Board of Directors has issued a charter for each Company Committee by prescribing the tenure and scope of powers and duties to clearly demarcate the roles, duties and responsibilities of each Company Committee and the management.
              5.5     The Board of Directors has a policy which require Company Directors and Executive Officers holding directorial positions in other companies to make a disclosure to the Company Chairman and Chairman of the Audit Committee.
              5.6     The Board of Directors has provided for a Company Secretary to perform duties prescribed by law and as entrusted.  The qualifications of a Company Secretary should be a person possessing knowledge of law or accounting, or who has completed training relating to the performance of company secretarial duties.  Continual training and knowledge development are also continually provided.
              5.7     The Board of Directors has prescribed policies for governance, business ethics and codes of conduct for Company Directors, Executive Officers and employees to ensure a harmonized approach.
              5.8     The Board of Directors has prescribed a Company vision and mission so that the Company Directors, Executive Officers and employees would strive towards the same goal.
              5.9     The Board of Directors has a policy of continually promoting and sponsoring the development of knowledge amongst Company Directors, Executive Officers and employees.
              5.10   The Board of Directors prescribes an annual meeting schedule every year.  The determination of agenda takes into account the fair interests of shareholders and all stakeholders.  All Company Directors enjoy independence in the expression of opinions.  A Company Director having an interest in an agenda shall not have the right to vote in such agenda.
              5.11   The Board of Directors prescribes a duty for Company Directors to attend all Board Meetings unless there is a necessary cause.
              5.12   The Board of Directors has a policy of encouraging senior Executive Officers to attend Board Meetings.
              5.13   The Board of Directors provides Non-Executive Directors with opportunities to meet among themselves in the absence of the management when necessary.  The Managing Director shall be notified of the meeting outcome.
              5.14   The Board of Directors has a policy of promoting the Company Directors’ access to essential additional information from the Managing Director, Company Secretary or other assigned Executive Officer within the scope of the set policies.  In the event of necessity, the Board of Directors may obtain independent opinions from advisors or external professionals on the Company’s expenses.
              5.15   The Board of Directors has implemented measures pertaining to conflicts of interest which are prudent, rational and in compliance with the rules and regulations of the Office of the Securities and Exchange Commission and Stock Exchange of Thailand.
              5.16   The Board of Directors prohibits Company Directors and Executive Officers from trading in Company securities in the 1-month period prior to the public disclosure of financial statements.
              5.17   The Board of Directors has directed Company Directors and Executive Officers as well as their spouses and children who have not attained legal age to have the duty to disclose securities holdings and changes in holdings of the Company securities to the Office of the Securities and Exchange Commission, and to submit a copy to the Company Secretary for reporting to the Board of Directors in the subsequent Board Meeting.
              5.18   The Board of Directors has directed Company Directors and Executive Officers to disclose personal interests and interests of connected persons in accordance with the prescribed rules.
              5.19   The Board of Directors has established an internal audit unit as an internal agency accountable to the Audit Committee.
              5.20   The Board of Directors requires an annual assessment of the Board of Directors’ performance.
              5.21   The Board of Directors prepares a report on the responsibilities of the Board of Directors pertaining to the financial statements submitted in the Annual Report.
              5.22   The Board of Directors overseas and determines the payment of appropriate remuneration to each committee member pursuant to the powers, duties and responsibilities and draws comparison to the operation levels in the same business sector.
              5.23   The Board of Directors has prescribed a succession plan for employees in various positions in view of their advancement to higher positions.
              5.24   The Board of Directors provides an orientation for first term Company Directors.
              5.25   The Board of Directors has established an internal control system and risk management system.
              5.26   The Board of Directors has provided for the monitoring and assessment of governance by establishing a corporate governance committee.

 

Business Ethics

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1. Responsibilities to Stakeholders
     1.1 Shareholders
         The Board of Directors performs duties responsibly, prudently, earnestly and honestly in order to generate good returns to shareholders on a continual and sustainable basis.  In this regard, the following policies and practice guidelines have been prescribed.
            1.    The ownership rights of shareholders are equitably and fairly respected.
            2.    Operations are undertaken in accordance with good governance principles, which will foster the trust and confidence of shareholders and eventually lead to sustainable growth.
            3.    The Company’s businesses are continually advanced to ensure proper returns to shareholders.
            4.    Significant information which affects or potentially affects shareholders’ interests shall be disclosed, whether reports made pursuant to the accounting period or situation reports, pursuant to the relevant laws and notifications.  However, no action shall be taken to restrict shareholders’ access to Company information.
            5.    A report of the Board of Directors’ responsibility for the financial statements in the Annual Report shall be prepared.
            6.    Minority shareholders shall be given an opportunity to propose matter for inclusion in the meeting agenda and/or to nominate persons for election as Company Directors in the Annual General Meeting.
            7.    Shareholders are given an opportunity to submit questions relevant to the meeting prior to the shareholders’ meeting.
            8.    Shareholders’ meeting notices in both Thai and English are published on the Company website at least 30 days prior to the shareholders’ meeting day as information for shareholders and to enable the study of information prior to meetings.
            9.    Shareholders’ meeting shall be facilitated.  The date, time, venue and procedure must not pose an obstacle to the shareholders’ attendance of the meeting.  Shareholders who are not able to attend in person must have the opportunity to grant a proxy to other persons to attend the meeting and vote on their behalves.
            10.  Conflicts of interests must be dealt with prudently, rationally and information must be fully disclosed.
            11.  The Company’s interests and assets shall be safeguarded as a reasonable person would safeguard his/her property.  Wrongful interests, whether obtained by direct or indirect means, shall be eliminated.

     1.2  Customers
            The Board of Directors realizes that customer satisfaction and confidence are key factors which contribute to the Company’s sustainable success.  The following policies and guidelines have been prescribed in this regard:
            1.    The Company operates the businesses of manufacturing, product distribution and services which are safe for consumers and environmentally friendly.
            2.    Businesses are operated with commitment to develop goods and services, introduce new innovations and add value to goods and services in order to continually meet the demands of customers along with the disclosure of necessary information for decision-making without concealment or distortion of facts.
            3.    Businesses are operated in earnest, honest and fair values and no action is taken that would violate the rights of customers.  The confidentiality of customer trade secrets are maintained and not exploited for wrongful personal gains or for the gains of others.
            4.    The Company does not demand, receive or consent to the direct or indirect receipt of properties or other dishonest benefits from customers.
            5.    The Company adheres to trade agreements.  In the case where adherence is not possible, the customer would be notified in advance in order to jointly find a remedy and prevent loss.
            6.    The Company provides communication channels to enable customers to file complaints to the Company.  Complaints are processed with care and dealt with fairly.

     1.3 Trading Partners
            The Board of Directors treats trading partners equitably and takes into account mutual interests by prescribing the following policies and guidelines.
            1.    The Company has a system for screening trading partners in the value chain who operate businesses in compliance with the law, safety and occupational hygiene standards, and friendliness to the environment.  Trading partners are treated on the basis of fair competition, equality and mutual respect.
            2.    The confidentiality of secrets or communications of trading partners are maintained and not exploited for wrongful gains of oneself or of others.
            3.    Relationships and good understandings are fostered.  Knowledge is exchanged.  Developments and value adding to goods and services are jointly undertaken to promote mutual growth.
            4.    The Company adheres to trade agreements and makes proper representations of data.  In the event that an agreement cannot be complied with, the Company will expeditiously engage in early negotiations with trading partners in order to reach a mutual remedy and loss prevention solution.
            5.    The Company does not demand, receive or consent to the receipt of properties or any other benefits outside trade agreements.

 

     1.4 Competitors
            The Board of Directors operates businesses in accordance with the provisions of law.  In this regard, the following policies and guidelines have been prescribed.
            1.    The Company shall conduct its businesses within the rules of fair competition with due regard to business ethics and trade competition laws of various countries in which the Company operates.
            2.    The Company will not damage the reputation of its trade competitors.

     1.5           Creditors
         The Board of Directors is committed to undertaking business operations in a principled and disciplined manner in order to build the trust of creditors by prescribing the following policies and guidelines.
            1.    All creditor groups shall be treated equitably and fairly.
            2.    Contracts and terms will be strictly adhered to.
            3.    Operations will be administered to ensure the confidence of creditors in the Company’s financial standing and credit rating.
            4.    Financial standings shall be accurately and timely disclosed.
            5.    In the event of an inability to comply with a particular term, the creditor will be forthwith notified in advance in order to enable a joint solution for remedy and loss prevention.

     1.6  Employees
            The Board of Directors regards employees as valuable resources and a key factor to the Company’s success.  The following policies and guidelines have been prescribed in this regard.
            1.    Human dignity and fundamental rights of employees are respected at work.  Employee data or confidential information is not disclosed or transmitted to third parties or unrelated persons.
            2.    Employees are treated in accordance with the provisions of law, regulations and articles governing the Company’s operations.
            3.    Employment equality is promoted.  There is no discrimination on the grounds of gender, skin colour, race, religion, age, disability or other status that is not directly related to the works.
            4.    Training and knowledge exchange are sponsored and promoted to encourage learning and skill development throughout, strengthen career security and offer opportunities for advancements pursuant to each person’s potential.
            5.    Employee participation in the determination of the Company’s direction and development are promoted.
            6.    Fair compensation is given as suitable for the knowledge, skill, duties, responsibilities and performance.
            7.    Appropriate welfare and benefits are given to employees, e.g. medical expenses, provident fund and a savings cooperative.
            8.    Channels are provided for employees to communicate suggestions and complaints pertaining to work.  These suggestions are considered and remedies will be determined in the interest of all parties and in view of the creation of good working relations.
            9.    Facilities necessary for work operations are provided and working conditions are maintained with due regard to safety and occupational hygiene as a means of promoting and raising the quality of lives of employees.
            10.  Employees of all levels are encouraged to participate in social responsibility activities

     1.7           Community and Society
            The Board of Directors operates businesses with due regard for the duties and responsibilities owed to the nation, community and society as well as local traditions in order to maintain a desirable society and participation.  In this regard, the following policies and guidelines have been prescribed.
            1.    A business which could lead to a deterioration of society shall not be undertaken and the rights of others in the community and society shall not be violated.
            2.    Consciousness of responsibilities towards the community and society as a whole shall be instilled continuously for the benefit of the Company and all levels of employees.
            3.    Measures shall be provided for the prevention and remedy of impact on the community and society as a consequence of the Company’s operations.
            4.    The preservation of local culture and traditions shall be promoted.
            5.    Cooperation shall be entered into with various agencies for the development of communities.
            6.    Public benefit activities shall be sponsored.
            7.    Incomes shall be generated and the community economy shall be promoted through employment of community members and use of community products.
            8.    Good relations shall be fostered between the Company and the community and society on the basis of propriety, transparency and fairness.

    1.8  Environment
            The Board of Directors undertakes businesses with due regard for responsibilities to the environment.  In this regard, the following policies and guidelines have been prescribed.
            1.    Businesses shall be undertaken in accordance with laws, regulations and policies on the environment with due regard for the impact on natural resources and the environment and regular revisions and assessments of performance results shall be undertaken.
            2.    An organizational culture and consciousness of employees at all levels shall be promoted to encourage cooperation and responsibility for the efficient and sustainable management of the environment and utilization of resources.
            3.    Knowledge promotion and environmental training shall be extended to employees.
            4.   Environmental management system shall be promoted, from the economical use of resources to the sustainable treatment and rehabilitation, replacement, monitoring and prevention of impact on natural resources.
            5.    There is a system for selection of trade partners in the value chain who undertake businesses in an environmentally friendly manner.
6.    Environmentally friendly technology are developed and published.

     1.9 State Sector
         The Board of Directors undertakes businesses in compliance with the rules and regulations enacted by the State.  In this regard, the following policies and guidelines have been prescribed.
         1.    Knowledge and understanding of the laws governing operations are acquired and no activities are undertaken which would be inconsistent with the law.
         2.    Proper action shall be taken when conducting transactions with an official or agency of the State.
            3.    Good relations are fostered between the Company and the State sector within suitable bounds.
            4.    Relevant laws and business traditions are observed in each country or locality.

2. Conflict of Interests
            The Board of Directors has a policy for dealing with conflicts of interests.  The following guidelines have been prescribed.
            1.    The administration of conflicts of interests or connected transactions is undertaken prudently, fairly and rationally.  There is a transparent system for approving transactions which primarily takes into account the Company’s interests.  Interested Company Directors do not have the right to vote and must make a full disclosure in accordance with the rules of the Office of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Stock Exchange of Thailand.
            2.    The Company’s interests shall be upheld subject to legality.  No action shall be taken that would be a conflict with the Company’s interests, and no benefits or privileges will be given to any person.
            3.    Company Directors and Executive Officers must disclose personal interests and the interests of related persons in accordance with the prescribed rules.
            4.    Company Directors, Executive Officers and employees who acquire inside information are prohibited from trading in Company securities in the 1-month period prior to public disclosure of financial statements.
            5.    Company Directors, Executive Officers as well as their spouses and children who have not yet attained legal age shall have the duty to report Company securities holdings and changes in such holdings to the Board of Directors in the subsequent Board Meeting.
            6.    Company information or secrecy acquired or acknowledged shall not be disclosed or transmitted to third parties or unrelated persons.
            7.    Disclosure shall be made by authorized Company personnel.  Classes of secrecy may be prescribed in accordance with the significance of the information.  Disclosure shall be made within the assigned scope of duties and responsibilities.

 

3. Receptions, receipts and grants of gifts
            The Board of Directors aspires to undertake the Company’s businesses in line with fair competition.  Nevertheless, receptions, receipts and grants of gifts or attendance at receptions in accordance with traditions and practices to maintain good relations are necessary and desirable.  In this regard, the following guidelines have been prescribed.
            1.    No receipts or grants of gifts, tokens or receptions which may influence a decision shall be made.  If there is a necessity to receive or grant a gift, token or reception in accordance with tradition to a value in excess of normal circumstances, a report shall be filed with the respective supervisors.
            2.    In the case of an assignment or authorization by a supervisor to assist in an external agency, monies, objects or gifts may be received in accordance with the generally applicable rules or standards prescribed by such an agency, e.g. gifts, tokens or lucky draws.
            3.    In the case where an agent, contractual party, partner or any other person wishes to grant a gift, token or reception to the Company, prior authorization must be obtained from the Company.
            4.    Expenses pertaining to these matters shall be maintained within a reasonable budget.

4. Combating Dishonest Acts and Corruption
            The Board of Directors has a policy of compliance with the law on combating dishonest acts and corruption.  In this regard, the following guidelines have been prescribed.
            1.    A consciousness, value and attitude to comply with laws and regulations honestly and in good faith shall be instilled in employees.
            2.    An internal control system which is efficient and effective shall be in place.  There shall be suitable oversight and checks of powers to prevent employee abuses or involvements in dishonest acts or corruption.
            3.    Company Directors, Executive Officers and employees are prohibited from performing any act which amounts to a demand or acceptance of properties or other benefits for oneself or for others as an inducement to wrongfully perform or refrain from performing a duty or which could result in a loss of the Company’s legitimate benefits.
            4.    Company Directors, Executive Officers and employees are prohibited from giving or offering to give properties or any other benefits to third parties to induce such person to unlawfully or wrongfully perform or refrain from an act.
            5.    There shall be a financial reporting system which is transparent and accurate.
            6.    There shall be a channel for employees and related persons to provide notices of causes for suspicion with confidence of protection.  Personnel must be appointed to examine all notices of suspicion given.

5. Non-infringement of Intellectual Property
            The Board of Directors pursues a policy of non-infringement of intellectual property by prescribing the following guidelines.
         1.    Business undertakings shall be consistent with laws, regulations and contractual obligations governing intellectual property rights.
            2.    Intellectual property works of the Company shall be maintained.  Such intellectual properties shall not be used or allowed to be use by others without authorization.
            3.   The intellectual property rights of others shall be respected.  The works of others shall not be infringed or applied to personal use except where a license has been obtained or a fee paid to the owner of the work.
            4.    Intellectual property of creative works produced y employees shall vest in the Company.  Upon termination of employment, such intellectual property works must be returned to the Company regardless of the form which it is stored.

6. Non-violation of Human Rights
            The Board of Directors respects human rights.  In this regard, the following policies and guidelines have been prescribed.
            1.    There shall be no activities or support of activities which violate human rights.
            2.    Employees are provided with knowledge and understanding of human rights which are applied to work operations.
            3.    There are no limitations to independence or differences in ideology, gender, race, religion, politics or other matters.  The expression of opinions which could cause conflicts or divisions should be avoided.
            4.    Channels shall be provided for employees or persons who believe that their personal rights have been violated or that they have been treated unfairly to file a complaint with the Company.  Such complaints shall be given attention and processed fairly.

7. Safety and Occupational Hygiene
            The Board of Directors attaches importance to safety and occupational hygiene.  In this regard, the following guidelines have been prescribed.
            1.    Business undertakings shall comply with laws, regulations and policies on safety, occupational hygiene and working environment with due regard to the safety of life and properties as well as to the impact on the health of employees, trading partners and stakeholders.  Regular monitors and safety assessments must be conducted.
            2.    Occupational safety shall be promoted.  Work regulations, procedures and standards are prescribed to ensure working safety consistent with risks.  Working environment and safe work procedures are improved.  Tools and equipment for safety protection are also provided to employees.
            3.    Preparations are made for emergency events.  An emergency plan has been devised and regular drills and improvements are carried out.  This is to prevent and minimize any loss to life or properties of the Company, employees, trading partners and related persons.
            4.    A safe working culture has been built for the entire organization to ensure sustainably safe work operations.

Code of Conduct for Company Directors, Executive Officers and Employees

1. Formal Responsibilities 
            The Board of Directors appreciates the importance of good governance.  Continual undertakings are implemented to ensure that Company Directors, Executive Officers and employees are aware and comply with standards under the framework of the Code of Conduct and conduct oneself honestly, cautiously and prudently for the greatest benefit of the Company and all related parties.  As a consequence, the following Code of Conduct has been prescribed.
            Company Directors and Executive Officers
         1.    Duties shall be performed responsibly, prudently, honestly and in good faith in compliance with the law, Company Articles and relevant notifications.
         2.    Duties shall be performed to the utmost of ability in order to generate the greatest returns to the Company.  This includes attendance at all meetings, except where there is an unavoidable necessity.
         3.    Duties shall be performed impartially.  In a Board Meeting, Company Directors and Executive Officers shall not vote on matters which they have interests.
         4.    Conflicts of interests shall be administered prudently and reasonably, in adherence to the Company’s interests, to ensure transparent management of operations.
         5.    The acquisition or disposal of assets of the Company, Company Directors and Executive Officers, including their spouses and children who have not attained legal age, shall comply with the relevant rules and a disclosure shall be made to the Board Meeting in the subsequent sitting.
         6.    Company Directors and Executive Officers are prohibited from buying or selling Company securities in the 1-month period prior to the public disclosure of financial statements.
         7.    Company Directors and Executive Officers must disclose personal interests and those of related persons in accordance with the prescribed rules.
         8.    There shall be regular appraisals of the Board of Directors’ performance every year.

            Employees
            1.    Employees must support and cooperate in the Company’s activities on a regular basis.  Assigned tasks must be performed to the best of ability in order to ensure good results and advancement of the Company and employees.
            2.    Employees must comply with the relevant law, policies, terms of employment, regulations and notifications.
            3.    Persons contacting the Company must be treated courteously, hospitably and provided with an excellent service in order to preserve the Company’s image and reputation.
            4.    Trade secrets must be kept and the Company’s inside information must not be disclosed to third parties.
5.     Loans shall not be obtained from customers, persons connected to customers or business counterparts of the Company, except for loans obtained from a bank or financial institution.
            6.    Lawful orders of supervisors shall be complied.
            7.    There shall be a commitment to teamwork, mutual assistance, harmony and mutual respect for the benefit of the Company and employees.
            8.    Co-workers must be treated generously and with good human relations.  No groundless allegations shall be made against others.  Credit shall not be claimed for the works of others.
            9.    Duties shall be performed with determination, in earnest and honesty, and the roles and responsibilities in the Company shall not be abused for the purpose of acquiring wrongful benefits for oneself or for others.
            10. Duties shall be perform responsibly, cautiously and without neglect in such a manner which could cause a loss to works or properties of the Company.
            11.  Employees should conduct themselves as good citizens who comply with the Constitution and relevant laws.  Political rights shall be exercised appropriately.  Employees shall also avoid any involvement in an activity which is unlawful or inconsistent with public order or the good morals of the people.

2.  Maintenance of Company Assets 
            Company Directors, Executive Officers and employees are under a duty and responsibility to efficiently maintain Company assets and assets under the care of the Company.  In this regard, the following guidelines have been prescribed.
            1.    Assets shall be used for business operations and not used for personal gains or for the gains or third parties.
            2.    Interests shall be protected and assets shall be cared to prevent loss, damage or wrongful use pursuant to the standards of a reasonable man caring for one’s property.  Direct or indirect wrongful exploitation of benefits shall be eliminated.
            3.    Sufficient insurance protection from losses shall be obtained for assets.
            4.    The use of computers to harass, infringe, spy, corrupt other person’s personal data or fabricate evidence which could lead to data theft shall be prohibited.  An information security system consistent with international standards shall be installed.
            5.    E-mails and internet access provided shall used for business purposes.  They shall be used cautiously and not prejudice the Company’s reputation.
            6.    Passwords for access to the Company’s data shall be kept secret and shall not be disclosed to unauthorized persons.
            7.    The Company’s intellectual property works shall not be reproduced, adapted or used for personal benefit or for the benefit of others without authorization from the Company.
            8.    The supervisor shall be reported of any finding of rights infringement or acts which could lead to a rights infringement or any act which could potentially lead to a dispute relating to the Company’s intellectual property.
            9.    The safekeeping of important documents of the Company shall be overseen to ensure full compliance with the relevant laws and regulations.  Upon the lapse of the safekeeping period, the relevant employee must oversee that the documents are destroyed by appropriate means.

3.  Informants and Complaints
            The Board of Directors gives employees and stakeholders an opportunity to give information or file a complaint on a matter which could constitute a violation of the law, dishonest or wrongful act of an employee, including irregular behavior which could cause a problem or loss to the Company.  The Company also receives complaints on cases where the rights of an employee or stakeholder has been infringed or where they have been treated unfairly.  Suitable channels and procedures have been provided by the Company in this regard.
            The Company will hear and process all complaints impartially, transparently and fairly.  Systematic and just measures for the protection of complainants are provided.  Information provided by the complainant is kept confidential in the Company.

            Measures for the Protection of Complainants
            1.    A complainant may choose to remain anonymous if he/she deems that disclosure could lead to insecurity or loss concerns.
            2.    The Company will keep relevant information secret and take into account the safety of the complainant.  Measures have been prescribed for the protection of complainants who are employees, including those who cooperate in the investigation of facts.  These persons will be protected from unfair treatment as a consequence of the complaint, e.g. disturbances during work, reassignment or termination of employment.

4.  Interpretations
            A supervisor shall be under a duty to take responsibility and give advice to subordinates to ensure knowledge and understanding as well as compliance with the prescribed Code of Conduct.  If the Code of Conduct does not provide for any instance, or if there remains a question which renders performance not possible or that a decision cannot be made, the matter shall be consulted with the respectively higher level superior.  In the case of a conflict, the decision of the Managing Director, Executive Committee and Board of Directors shall be final.

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            These Good Governance Principles (Second Revision) have been issued to replacethe previous edition approved by Board Meeting No. 1/2005 on 22 February 2005.  Approval was granted to this edition in Board Meeting No. 1/2014 on 19 February 2014, which came into force as of 20 February 2014.