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About Us | Company's Philosophy of Corporate Governance
Company's Philosophy of Corporate Governance
The Company strongly believes that good Corporate Governance is a pre-requisite for enhancing shareholders' long term value. The Company's policies and practices are aimed at efficient conduct of business and effectively meeting its obligations to shareholders. The Company has been consistently improving transparency and accountability to all its stakeholders.
Code of Business Conduct and Ethics
This Code of Business Conduct and Ethics has been adopted by our Board of Directors and summarizes the standards that must guide our actions. While covering a wide range of business practices and procedures, these standards cannot and do not cover every issue that may arise, or every situation where ethical decisions must be made, but rather set forth key guiding principles that represent the Company's policies and establish conditions for employment at the Company.

We must strive to foster a culture of honesty and accountability. Our commitment to the highest level of ethical conduct should be reflected in all of the Company's business activities including, but not limited to, relationships with employees, customers, suppliers, competitors, the government and the public, and our shareholders. All of our employees, officers and directors must conduct themselves according to the language and spirit of this Code and seek to avoid even the appearance of improper behavior. Even well intentioned actions that violate the law or this Code may result in negative consequences for the Company and for the individuals involved.

One of our most valuable assets is our reputation for integrity, professionalism and fairness. We should all recognize that our actions are the foundation of our reputation and adhering to this Code and applicable law is imperative.
Conflicts of Interest
Our employees, officers and directors have an obligation to conduct themselves in an honest and ethical manner and act in the best interest of the Company. All employees, officers and directors should endeavor to avoid situations that present a potential or actual conflict between their interest and the interest of the Company.

A "conflict of interest" occurs when a person's private interest interferes in any way, or even appears to interfere, with the interest of the Company, including its subsidiaries and affiliates. A conflict of interest can arise when an employee, officer or director takes an action or has an interest that may make it difficult for him or her to perform his or her work objectively and effectively. Conflicts of interest may also arise when an employee, officer or director (or his or her family members) receives improper personal benefits as a result of the employee's, officer's or director's position in the Company.

Although, it would not be possible to describe every situation in which a conflict of interest may arise, the following are examples of situations which may constitute a conflict of interest:
  • Working, in any capacity, for a competitor, customer, supplier or other third party while employed by the Company.
  • Accepting gifts of more than modest value or receiving personal discounts (if such discounts are not generally offered to the public) or other benefits as a result of your position in the Company from a competitor, customer or supplier.
  • Competing with the Company for the purchase or sale of property, products, services or other interests.
  • Receiving a loan or guarantee of an obligation as a result of your position with the Company.
  • Directing business to a supplier owned or managed by, or which employs, a relative or friend.
In the event that an actual or apparent conflict of interest arises between the personal and professional relationship or activities of an employee, officer or director, the employee, officer or director involved is required to handle such conflict of interest in an ethical manner in accordance with the provisions of this Code.
Compliance with Laws, Rules and Regulations
We are strongly committed to conduct our business affairs with honesty and integrity and in full compliance with all applicable laws, rules and regulations. No employee, officer or director of the Company shall commit an illegal or unethical act, or instruct others to do so, for any reason. The Company also disseminates information regarding compliance with the laws, rules and regulations that affect our business.
Trading on Inside Information
Using non-public information to trade in securities, or providing a family member, friend or any other person with a "tip", is illegal. All non-public information should be considered inside information and should never be used for personal gain. You are required to familiarize yourself and comply with the Company's Code of Conduct for Prevention of Insider Trading, copies of which are distributed to all employees, officers and directors and are available on the Intranet or from the Company Secretary. You should contact the Company Secretary with any questions about your ability to buy or sell securities.

Protection of Confidential Proprietary Information
Confidential proprietary information generated and gathered in our business is a valuable asset. Protecting this information plays a vital role in our continued growth and ability to compete, and all proprietary information should be maintained in strict confidence, except when disclosure is authorized by the Company or required by law.

Proprietary information includes all non-public information that might be useful to competitors or that could be harmful to the Company or its customers if disclosed. Intellectual property such as trade secrets, patents, trademarks and copyrights, as well as business, research and new product plans, objectives and strategies, records, databases, salary and benefits data, employee medical information, customer, employee and suppliers lists and any unpublished financial or pricing information must also be protected.

Unauthorized use or distribution of proprietary information violates the Company's policy and could be illegal. Such use or distribution could result in negative consequences for both the Company and the individuals involved, including potential legal and disciplinary actions. We respect the property rights of other companies and their proprietary information and require our employees, officers and directors to observe such rights.

Your obligation to protect the Company's proprietary and confidential information continues even after you leave the Company, and you must return all proprietary information in your possession upon leaving the Company.
Protection and Proper Use of the Company's Assets
Protecting the Company's assets against loss, theft or other misuse is the responsibility of every employee, officer and director. Loss, theft and misuse of the Company's assets directly impact our profitability. Any suspected loss, misuse or theft should be reported to a manager/supervisor or the Chief Financial Officer.

The sole purpose of the Company's equipment, vehicles, supplies and electronic resources (including, hardware, software and the data thereon) is the conduct of our business. They may only be used for the Company's business consistent with the Company's guidelines.
Corporate Opportunities
Employees, officers and directors are prohibited from taking for themselves business opportunities that arise through the use of corporate property, information or position. No employee, officer or director may use corporate property, information or position for personal gain, and no employee, officer or director may compete with the Company. Competing with the Company may involve engaging in the same line of business as the Company, or any situation where the employee, officer or director takes away from the Company opportunities for sales or purchases of property, products, services or interests.
Fair Dealing
Each employee, officer and director of the Company should Endeavour to deal fairly with customers, suppliers, competitors, the public and one another at all times and in accordance with ethical business practices. No one should take unfair advantage of anyone through manipulation, concealment, abuse of privileged information, misrepresentation of material facts or any other unfair dealing practice. No payment in any form shall be made directly or indirectly to or for anyone for the purpose of obtaining or retaining business or obtaining any other favorable action. The Company and the employee, officer or director involved may be subject to disciplinary action as well as potential civil or criminal liability for violation of this policy.

Occasional business gifts to and entertainment of non-employees in connection with business discussions or the development of business relationships are generally deemed appropriate in the conduct of the Company's business. However, these gifts should be given infrequently and their value should be modest. Gifts or entertainment in any form that would likely result in a feeling or expectation of personal obligation should not be extended or accepted.
Compliance with This Code and Reporting of Any Illegal or Unethical Behaviors
All employees, directors and officers are expected to comply with all of the provisions of this Code. The Code will be strictly enforced and violations will be dealt with immediately, including subjecting persons to corrective and/or disciplinary action such as dismissal or removal from office. Violations of the Code that involve illegal behavior will be reported to the appropriate authorities. The Company recognizes the need for this Code to be applied equally to everyone it covers. The Head, Corporate Legal Group of the Company will have primary authority and responsibility for the enforcement of this Code, subject to the supervision of the Board Governance & Remuneration Committee or, in the case of accounting, internal accounting controls or auditing matters, the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors, and the Company will devote the necessary resources to enable the Head, Corporate Legal Group to establish such procedures as may be reasonably necessary to create a culture of accountability and facilitate compliance with this Code. Questions concerning this Code should be directed to the Head, Corporate Legal Group.

The Company encourages all employees, officers and directors to report any suspected violations promptly and intends to thoroughly investigate any good faith reports of violations. The Company will not tolerate any kind of retaliation for reports or complaints regarding misconduct that were made in good faith. Open communication of issues and concerns by all employees, officers and directors without fear of retribution or retaliation is vital to the successful implementation of this Code. You are required to cooperate in internal investigations of misconduct and unethical behavior.

Employees, officers and directors should promptly report any concerns about violations of ethics, laws, rules, regulations or this Code, including by any senior executive officer or director, to their supervisors/managers or Head. Any such concerns involving the Head, Corporate Legal Group should be reported to the Board Governance & Remuneration Committee..
Waivers and Amendments
Any waivers (including any implicit waivers) of the provisions in this Code for executive officers or directors may only be granted by the Board of Directors and will be promptly disclosed to the Company's shareholders. Any such waivers will also be disclosed in the Company's Annual Report under Indian law. Any waivers of this Code for other employees may only be granted by the Head, Corporate Legal Group. Amendments to this Code must be approved by the Board of Directors and will also be disclosed in the Company's annual reports.
Code of Conduct for Directors and Senior Management Personnel
The Board of Directors of Sanstar Starch Limited Adopt this Code of Conduct to assist Directors and Senior Management Personnel in fulfilling their duties to the Company. The directors are entrusted with responsibility to oversee management of the business and affairs of the Company. As the Company's policy-makers, the directors set the standard of conduct for all directors, officers and employees.

The Company has a long-standing commitment to compliance with applicable laws and regulations and to operating in accordance with the highest standards of business conduct. In many instances, the Code's guidelines and standards go beyond the requirements of applicable law.
Guidelines for Conduct
All directors and Senior Management Personnel shall seek to use due care in the performance of his/her duties, be loyal to the Company and act in good faith and in a manner the officer reasonably believes to be in or not opposed to the best interests of the Company. A director should:
  • Use reasonable efforts to attend Board and committee meetings regularly;
  • Dedicate sufficient time, energy and attention to the Company to ensure diligent performance of his/her duties, including preparing for meetings and decision-making by reviewing in advance any materials distributed and making reasonable inquiries;
  • Be aware of and seek to fulfill his or her duties and responsibilities as set forth in the Company's Memorandum of Association, Articles of Association and Corporate Governance guidelines; and
  • Seek to comply with all applicable laws, regulations, confidentiality obligations and Corporate Policies.
Corporate Business Opportunities
Except as described elsewhere herein, a director may engage in business so long as he/she does not pre-empt or seize a corporate business opportunity. A corporate business opportunity is (1) an opportunity in the Company's line of business or proposed expansion or diversification, (2) which the Company is financially able to undertake and (3) which may be of interest to the Company. A director who learns of such a corporate business opportunity and who wishes to participate in it should disclose the opportunity to the Board of Directors. If the Board of Directors determines that the Company does not have an actual or expected interest in the opportunity, then, and only then, may the director participate in it, provided that the director has not wrongfully utilized the Company's resources in order to acquire the opportunity.
Conflicts of Interest
Directors are expected to dedicate their best efforts to advancing the Company's interests and to make decisions that affect the Company based on the Company's best interests and independent of outside influences. A conflict of interest occurs when one's private interests interfere in any way, or even appear to interfere, with the interests of the Company. A conflict situation can arise when a director takes actions or has interests that make it difficult to perform his/her duties for the Company objectively and effectively. A director's obligation to conduct the Company's business in an honest and ethical manner includes the ethical handling of actual or apparent conflicts of interest between personal and business relationships.
Following are some common examples that illustrate actual or potential conflicts of interest:
  • Owning an interest in a company that competes with or does business with the Company;
  • Participating in a joint venture, partnership or other business arrangement with the Company; and
  • Employment with or serving as a director of a competitor, customer or supplier of the Company.
A director who has an actual or potential conflict of interest, including any of the situations described above, must disclose to the Board (1) the existence and nature of the actual or potential conflict of interest and (2) all facts known to him/her regarding the transaction that may be material to a judgment about whether to proceed with the transaction. The director may proceed with the transaction only after receiving approval from the Board.
A director may not obtain any loan from the Company.
Gifts and Entertainment
When acting on behalf of the Company, directors should never request gifts, entertainment or any other business courtesies from people doing business with the Company (including suppliers, customers, competitors, contractors and consultants).

Unsolicited gifts are permissible if they are customary and commonly accepted business courtesies; not excessive in value; and given and accepted without an express or implied understanding that the director is in any way obligated by acceptance of the gift. Meals in the ordinary course of business and infrequent meals and entertainment, such as cultural or sporting events, that are attended by both the director and the done are not considered gifts.

Gifts of cash or cash equivalents (including gift certificates, securities, below-market loans, etc.) in any amount are prohibited.
Company Property
Directors have a responsibility to safeguard and properly use Company assets and resources, as well as assets of other organizations that have been entrusted to the Company. Except as specifically authorized, Company assets, including Company equipment, materials, resources and proprietary information, must be used for Company business purposes only.
Confidential Information
Directors shall maintain the confidentiality of information entrusted to them by the Company. The Company's confidential and proprietary information shall not be inappropriately disclosed or used for the personal gain or advantage of the director or anyone other than the Company.
Fair Dealing
Directors should endeavor to deal fairly with the Company's Customers, Suppliers, Competitors and Employees and should never take unfair advantage of others through manipulation, concealment, abuse of privileged information, misrepresentation of material facts or any other unfair dealing practice.
Compliance with Laws and Regulations
The Company is committed to compliance with those acts, rules and regulations that govern the conduct of our business.
Insider Trading
Directors are prohibited by Company policy and the law from buying or selling securities of the Company when in possession of material Unpublished Price Sensitive Information. Passing such information on to someone who may buy or sell securities (tipping) is also illegal. The prohibition applies to Companies securities and to securities of other companies if you learn material Unpublished Price Sensitive Information about other companies, such as the Company's customers or suppliers, in the course of duties for the Company. Directors are subject to additional requirements relating to reporting and effecting transactions in Company securities.
Competition Laws
While the Company competes vigorously and creatively in its business activities, its efforts in the marketplace must be conducted in accordance with all applicable Competition Act and Regulations. Directors should not engage in any activity in violation of applicable Competition Act.
Anti-Corruption Laws
The Company conducts its international business activities in compliance with applicable Anti-Corruption Act of the India and the laws of all other countries in which the Company conducts business. The Anti-Corruption Act prohibits the Company and its officers, employees and agents from giving or offering to give money or anything of value to a foreign official, a foreign political party, a party official or a candidate for political office in order to influence official acts or decisions of that person or entity, to obtain or retain business, or to secure any improper advantage. Directors should not engage in any activity that might involve the Company in a violation of the Anti-Corruption Act.
Interacting with Government
The various branches and levels of government have different laws restricting gifts, including meals, entertainment, transportation and lodging that may be provided to Government Officials and Government Employees. Directors should not offer to or pay for meals, travel, lodging or any other expenses for Government Officials in connection with the Company or Company business without first consulting with the Legal Counsel.
Political Contributions
The Company will not make political contributions from corporate resources to any political party, candidate or holder of public office, or political committee in violation of section 293A of the Companies Act, 1956. This includes monetary contributions as well as in-kind contributions (such as the use of corporate property, personnel services or facilities).

Directors may not cause the Company to make contribution to any political party or for any political contribution without the prior approval of the Board. Company directors must comply with applicable laws and Company policy with respect to causing the Company to make political contributions. Directors may not make personal political contributions on behalf of, or in the name of, the Company. Directors will not be reimbursed or otherwise compensated for any personal political contribution.
No rights created

This Directors' Code sets forth guidelines for conduct for the Board of Directors. It is not intended to and does not create any rights in any director, officer, employee, client, supplier, competitor, shareholder or any other person or entity.