Code of Ethics
Second Chances is committed to conducting business in accordance with the highest standards of business ethics and complying with applicable laws, rules and regulations. In furtherance of this commitment, the Board of Directors (the “Board”) promotes ethical behavior, and has adopted this Code of Business Conduct and Ethics for Administrators (“Code”).
Every Administrator must: (i) represent the interests of the shareholders of Second Chances; (II) exhibit high standards of integrity, commitment and independence of thought and Judgment; (iii) edicate sufficient time, energy and attention to ensure the diligent performance of his or her duties; and (lv) comply with every provision of this Code. Conflicts of Interest Administrators must avoid conflicts of interest.
A conflict of interest occurs when an Individual’s private Interest interferes in any way with the Interests of the company or any of Its subsidiary and affiliated companies. A conflict of Interest may also arise when an Administrator, or a member of his or her immediate family*, receives improper personal benefits as a result of his or her position in the Company. Administrators should also be mindful of, and seek to avoid, conduct which could reasonably be construed as creating an appearance of a conflict of Interest.
While the Code does not attempt to describe all possible conflicts of interest that could develop, the following are examples of conflicts of interest: (i) receiving guarantees of obligations or loans as a result of one’s position as an Administrator; (it) engaging in conduct or activity that Improperly Interferes with the Company’s existing or prospective business relations with a third party: (Ill) accepting bribes, kickbacks or ny other improper payments for services relating to the conduct of the business of the Company; and (iv) accepting, or having a member of an Administrator’s Immediate family accept, a gift from persons or entities that deal with the Company, In cases where the gift Is being made In order to Influence the Administrators’ actions, or where acceptance of the gift could otherwise reasonably create the appearance of a conflict of interest.
Any question about a Administrator’s actual or potential conflict of Interest with the Company should be brought promptly to the ttention of the Chairman of the Board, who will review the question and determine an appropriate course of action, including whether consideration or action by the full board is necessary. Administrators involved in any conflict or potential conflict situations shall excuse themselves from any decision relating thereto.
Business Relationships with Administrators For the purpose of minimizing the risk of conflicts of interest, the Board shall adopt a policy providing for the review of transactions with the Company or any of its affiliates In which any Administrator (Including and member of an Administrator’s mmediate family) has a direct or indirect material interest. Administrators may not compete with the Company, or use opportunities that are discovered through the use of Company property, Company information or position, for their personal benefit or the benefit of persons or entities outside the Company. No Administrator may improperly use or waste any Company asset.
Confidentiality Pursuant to their fiduciary duties of loyalty and care, Administrators are required to protect and hold confidential all non-public information obtained due to their dministrator position absent the express or implied permission of the Chairman of the Board to disclose such information. Accordingly, (i) no Administrtaor shall use Confidential Information for his or her own personal benefit or to benefit persons or entities outside the Company; and (it) no Administrator shall disclose Confidential Information outside the Company, either during or after his or her service as an Administrtaor of the Company, except with authorization of the Chairman of the Board or as may be otherwise required by law. “Confidential Information” is all non-public information entrusted to or obtained by n Administrtaor by reason of his or her position as an Administrator of the Company.
It includes, but is not limited to, non-public information that might be of use to competitors or harmful to the Company or its customers if disclosed, such as: non-public information about the Company’s financial condition, prospects or plans, its marketing and sales programs and research and development information, as well as information relating to mergers and acquisitions, stock splits and divestitures; non-public information concerning possible transactions with other companies or nformation about the Company’s customers, suppliers or Joint venture partners, which the Company is under an obligation to maintain as confidential; and non- public information about discussions and deliberations relating to business issues and decisions, between and among employees, officers and Administrators.
Compliance with Laws, Rules and Regulations The Company requires strict compliance by all its Administrators with applicable laws, rules and regulations. These include federal and other securities laws, including insider trading laws, and the Company’s insider trading compliance policies. Fair Dealing Administrtaors must deal fairly with the Company’s employees, customers, suppliers and competitors.
No Administrtaor may take unfair advantage of the Company’s employees, customers, suppliers, or competitors through manipulation, concealment, abuse of privileged information, misrepresentation of material facts, or any other Accountability The Code referred to herein is mandatory and applies to all Administrators, who are accountable for compliance with the Code. Administrators should communicate any suspected violations of this Code promptly to the Chairman of the Board. Suspected violations will be investigated by or at the irection of the Chairman of the Board, and appropriate action will be taken in the event that a violation is confirmed. Waiver Any waiver of any provision of the Code may be made only by the Chairman of the Board or and must be promptly disclosed to the Company’s shareholders as required by applicable law or securities exchange regulations.