Code of Business Ethics and Compliance
The value of Integrity is essential to CIRI's reputation and to building an organization based upon trust. With trust we can build long-term, sustainable, and successful relationships with our shareholders, suppliers, partners, and each other. We are truthful and honest in all of our interactions.
In interactions with each other and current or future vendors, competitors, and business partners, people at CIRI deal honestly, fairly, legally, and with integrity. We do not seek to take unfair advantage of anyone through illegal or unethical business practices including, but not limited to, manipulation, concealment, abuse of confidential information, or misrepresentation of a material fact.
Every person at CIRI must help maintain the integrity of CIRI's financial records and financial reporting. CIRI requires that all financial transactions are executed in accordance with management's authorization and are timely recorded in a proper manner so as to maintain accountability for CIRI assets. All CIRI financial information accurately reflects transactions engaged in by the company and is in compliance with generally accepted accounting principles, except as expressly disclosed in CIRI's financial statements. No secret, undisclosed, or unrecorded funds may be established or maintained for any reason. Every person at CIRI shall follow applicable internal accounting controls and participate fully in internal audits. In addition, CIRI's Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and other designated CIRI officers have specific certification requirements mandated by our Corporate Governance Policy for which they will rely upon other CIRI managers to provide accurate and complete information concerning CIRI's financial condition.
Documents and Records
CIRI's documents and records are vital business resources that need to be managed effectively and systematically controlled in order to provide the organization with current, accurate, and readily available information. It is CIRI's policy that all employees create documents and records of business information that contain only truthful and accurate information. CIRI's policy on records retention and destruction is based on federal and state retention requirements, and is managed by the Records Management Department.
Use, Management, and Protection of Assets and Technical Resources
CIRI assets include, but are not limited to, physical property such as desks, files, equipment, supplies, and facilities; technical resources such as computers, telephones, voice and electronic mail, the Internet, and copy and fax machines, and non-physical assets such as confidential information, business strategies and plans, and technology. All people at CIRI should use, manage, and protect these assets wisely and protect them from loss, damage, misuse, theft, and destruction, and must never use them for an unlawful or unethical purpose. Company property and premises are provided to CIRI employees to assist in the conduct of CIRI business and are the sole property of CIRI. For a comprehensive overview of CIRI's policies on the use of company resources, refer to the CIRI Policy Manual.
In the course of conducting CIRI business, people at CIRI may have access to information concerning employees, customers, proposed business partners, proposed corporate investments, or other activities and information. In addition to our own confidentiality concerns, the Company may be under a contractual obligation to third parties to keep certain information secret, and disclosure could subject the Company to liability. Such confidential information is important to CIRI's success and future growth and must not be disclosed to anyone other than those who have a legal right, a legitimate business need, or as the Company's legal advisors have determined may be required by law. Confidential information must be safeguarded physically and disposed of properly in order to avoid inadvertent, improper disclosure. When a person accepts a position with CIRI, he or she accepts the legal and ethical obligation to protect this information and must sign a Confidentiality Agreement acknowledging such obligation.
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