Legal Policy

KVK Agri Products Limited is an Public Limited organization whose Registered Office is #25, Belgaon, Post Jam, Tehsil Sausar, District Chhindwara. The Corporate Identification Number (CIN) is U01100MP2015PLC034265 Place: Sausar, District. Chhindwara.

Purpose

KVK Agri Products Limited has adopted this Code of Legal and Ethical Conduct (“Code”) to promote:

  • Honest and ethical conduct
  • Compliance with all applicable laws and regulations
  • Fair and accurate disclosure in the reports that KVK Agri Products Limited files with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC")
  • Prompt internal reporting to the appropriate persons of violations of this Code and
  • Accountability for adherence to the Code.

This Code is not the exclusive source of rules and guidance governing the actions of KVK Agri Products Limited personnel, but it serves as a basis for the other company policies in KVK Agri Products Limited’s Policy Manual, which can be found on KVK Agri Products Limited’s Intranet.

Application and Compliance

This Code is applicable to all employees, directors, officers, agents, advisors and consultants (collectively, "KVK Agri Products Limited Persons" or "you") of KVK Agri Products Limited and its subsidiaries worldwide. (The terms “KVK Agri Products Limited” and the "Company" include KVK Agri Products Limited and each of their functions, Divisions, operations, and/or subsidiaries.)

Managers at all levels are expected to foster the highest standard of ethical conduct and to ensure adherence to KVK Agri Products Limited’s policies and practices and to teach by example the exercise of sound and mature judgment in all business relationships. They are also responsible for maintaining a workplace environment which encourages and supports frank and open communication among employees and with management. Questions as to the requirements of this policy or specific applicable statutes or regulations should be raised with your team leader, supervisor, manager, Division President or Corporate Officer.

Responsibility for compliance with this policy rests with each individual. The unqualified recognition on the part of KVK Agri Products Limited Persons of this responsibility is fundamental to KVK Agri Products Limited’s compliance program. Conduct not complying with both the letter and the spirit of this Code and other company policies may be grounds for disciplinary action, which in serious cases may include dismissal.

Any request by any KVK Agri Products Limited Person (other than an “executive officer” as defined under SEC rules) for a waiver of any provision of this Code must be in writing and addressed to the Employee’s Division President or a Corporate Officer. Any request by an executive officer or a director for a waiver of any provision of this Code must be in writing and addressed to KVK Agri Products Limited’s Board of Directors. KVK Agri Products Limited shall promptly disclose any such waiver for an executive officer or director in accordance with SEC rules and any other applicable regulations.

This Code may only be amended 1) by KVK Agri Products Limited’s Board of Directors or 2) by joint action of the CEO and CFO, provided that the Board of Directors is promptly notified of any such amendments. Any such amendment shall be promptly disclosed by KVK Agri Products Limited to the extent required by SEC rules and any other applicable regulations.

Reporting Concerns and Unethical Behavior

KVK Agri Products Limited is committed to achieving compliance with this Code and all applicable laws and regulations, including applicable securities laws, accounting standards, accounting controls and audit practices.

KVK Agri Products Limited Persons should promptly report any possible illegal or unethical behavior or other behavior that might be a violation of this Code, including matters related to accounting, internal accounting controls or auditing matters, to the appropriate supervisor, any member of management or Human Resources. If necessary, access will be provided to KVK Agri Products Limited’s outside legal counsel. If you are uncomfortable with this approach for any reason, or if appropriate action is not taken, you may report concerns or complaints by calling Open Line, or by contacting the CFO. Open Line is an independent third-party service for reporting matters of concern. Callers may remain anonymous, and reports from Open Line will be forwarded to the CFO, Human Resources and Internal Audit.

Any allegations of violations will be treated thoroughly, fairly and objectively, and kept in the strictest possible confidence, subject to duties arising from applicable laws, regulations or legal proceedings. It is KVK Agri Products Limited’s policy that no KVK Agri Products Limited Persons will suffer adverse action for raising an ethical or legal concern in good faith.

General Policy

KVK Agri Products Limited’s founding tenet and continuing policy is to comply fully with all laws governing its operations and to honor the highest legal and ethical standards in the conduct of its business. This Code requires not only that all personnel observe the law, but also that they conduct KVK Agri Products Limited’s business in a manner that identifies KVK Agri Products Limited as an ethical and law-abiding enterprise, alert to all the responsibilities of good corporate citizenship. The spirit of this Code requires KVK Agri Products Limited Persons to maintain the highest degree of integrity with security holders, employees, customers, suppliers, local communities, governments at all levels, and the general public. Each section of this Code of Ethics covers areas in which KVK Agri Products Limited Persons have responsibilities:

  • Rules for Business Courtesies
  • Conflicts of Interest
  • Business Conduct and Guarding Against Bribery
  • Recording and Reporting Information
  • Proprietary Information of Others
  • Insider Trading and Disclosure of Nonpublic Information

Rules for Business Courtesies

The conduct of KVK Agri Products Limited Persons in their business relationships with others involves important responsibilities. Friendly relations with organizations with which KVK Agri Products Limited does business are desirable. Such relationships, however, must be guided by high standards of personal conduct and integrity. Favoritism, preferential treatment, and unethical business practices must be avoided. You must also avoid any conduct that might be misinterpreted by others or that might provide any basis for questioning propriety.

These rules relating to the acceptance or granting of business courtesies, social amenities, gifts, or favors are applicable to all KVK Agri Products Limited Persons in their relationships with employees and representatives (and their families) of organizations with which KVK Agri Products Limited has a business relationship. An organization with which KVK Agri Products Limited “has a business relationship” includes organizations with which KVK Agri Products Limited competes or does business and ones which actively seek to do business with KVK Agri Products Limited. Expenses incurred not meeting the criteria of this company policy are not reimbursable by KVK Agri Products Limited.

No KVK Agri Products Limited Persons may, directly or indirectly, accept from or provide to any employee or representative of any organization with which KVK Agri Products Limited has a business relationship any gift or favor other than an ordinary business courtesy or social amenity. Any such courtesy or amenity must not be in violation of any statute or regulation, must not create the appearance of impropriety or improper influence, must only be offered or accepted in the ordinary course of business, and must not be frequent, lavish, or extravagant. You may not solicit any gift or favor.

This policy is also applicable to relationships relating to INDIA. Government business. However, KVK Agri Products Limited Persons must, in addition, comply with the special rules in KVK Agri Products Limited’s Government Business Policy Manual for relationships with employees and representatives of (1) the INDIA. Government, (2) INDIA. Government prime contractors and higher tier subcontractors, and (3) vendors and subcontractors of KVK Agri Products Limited under INDIA. Government contracts and subcontracts. These rules are based upon strict statutes and regulations. Business courtesies not complying with these rules may be viewed as unlawful by INDIA. Government authorities and may result in penalties and/or cancellation or termination for default of any related INDIA. Government contracts.

States have similar statutes which are applicable to state and local government agencies and departments and their contractors. Many federal, state and local government agencies and departments have adopted standards of conduct with respect to business courtesies. KVK Agri Products Limited Persons must comply with these statutes and standards of conduct as well.

Particular care must be exercised where it might appear either that KVK Agri Products Limited expects something in return or that an attempt is being made to secure an unfair advantage. This includes situations where the recipient is faced with a pending significant decision affecting KVK Agri Products Limited or where the recipient has the ability to directly influence a pending significant decision affecting KVK Agri Products Limited.

Conflicts of Interest

KVK Agri Products Limited Persons are expected to devote their best efforts and attention to the conduct of KVK Agri Products Limited’s business affairs and the performance of their jobs. KVK Agri Products Limited Persons are expected to use good judgment, to adhere to the highest legal and ethical standards, and to avoid situations that present an actual or potential conflict between personal interests and KVK Agri Products Limited’s interests. A conflict of interest exists when a KVK Agri Products Limited Person’s loyalties or activities are or could be divided between KVK Agri Products Limited’s interests and those of him, her or another business entity. Both the fact and the appearance of a conflict of interest should be avoided.

Any KVK Agri Products Limited Persons who are involved in a transaction, activity or relationship that constitutes or could reasonably constitute a conflict of interest, or any person who becomes aware of such conflict of interest, must promptly report it to the their supervisor, department manager, Human Resources Manager, Division President or to any other officer of KVK Agri Products Limited. Any KVK Agri Products Limited manager receiving such details concerning a potential conflict of interest shall disclose these details to the Division Human Resources Manager and the Division President or to a KVK Agri Products Limited Corporate Officer. Final approval authority in conflict of interest matters rests with the Division President or a KVK Agri Products Limited Corporate Officer, who may elect to consult with outside counsel in complex situations. Actual or potential conflicts of interest involving executive officers or directors should be reported to, and resolved by, KVK Agri Products Limited’s Board of Directors. Failure to adhere to the provisions of this policy will result in disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment.

The following provisions describe particular employee conflict of interest situations for which approval by a KVK Agri Products Limited Division President or Corporate Officer or the KVK Agri Products Limited Board of Directors is required. In general, approval of the situation must be obtained upon entering employment with KVK Agri Products Limited or, if the affected individual is already employed with KVK Agri Products Limited, prior to engaging in the relevant activity. This is intended to be a representative listing only and is neither all-inclusive nor descriptive of all possible conflict of interest situations requiring approval.

1. Other Employment or Associations

No employee can accept other employment or consult with another business enterprise that competes with KVK Agri Products Limited or engages in the sale or purchase of products or services with KVK Agri Products Limited. Any employee who desires to engage in any outside employment (including self-employment) or consulting must disclose the facts of this work to his or her team leader, supervisor, manager, and Human Resources Manager for approval in advance. It is KVK Agri Products Limited’s policy to withhold permission for consulting or other employment if:

  • Additional effort or a work schedule is involved with the other employment or consulting that would interfere with or reduce the productivity of the employee’s work at KVK Agri Products Limited in any way.
  • The other employment is with a competitor or potential competitor of KVK Agri Products Limited, or with a person or company that could, in any way, be construed as being interested in obtaining or capable of using trade secrets or any information that is proprietary to KVK Agri Products Limited.
  • The other employment or consulting involves the selling or leasing of products or services or of any interest in property or assets of any kind to KVK Agri Products Limited.
  • The employee’s association with KVK Agri Products Limited plays any part in the other activity.

No employee may accept or retain a directorship of any commercial business enterprise regardless of its business relationship with KVK Agri Products Limited without the prior notification and approval of KVK Agri Products Limited’s senior management or, where deemed appropriate, KVK Agri Products Limited’s Board of Directors.

2. Financial Interests

Potential conflicts of interest can develop if KVK Agri Products Limited Persons or members of their immediate families have significant financial interests in organizations with which KVK Agri Products Limited has a business relationship.

Certain financial interests present such a potential for conflict of interest that they may not be acquired or retained by KVK Agri Products Limited Persons. Other financial interests may be permissible after review by KVK Agri Products Limited’s management or Board of Directors.

To avoid actual or potential conflicts of interest, KVK Agri Products Limited Persons are required to report and obtain prior approval from the employee’s Division President or Corporate Officer, or, in the case of KVK Agri Products Limited’s Corporate Officers, from KVK Agri Products Limited’s Board of Directors, for the following financial interests:

  • Ownership or acquisition of the right to acquire more than 1% of any class of securities of any publicly held company with which KVK Agri Products Limited has a material business relationship.
  • Any interest in an organization with which KVK Agri Products Limited has a business relationship whose securities or other indications of ownership – including, for example, partnership or proprietor shares – are not publicly held, whether or not the organization is incorporated.
  • Any interest in any organization, whether or not publicly held, formed or to be formed by employees who left KVK Agri Products Limited less than 12 months before the date of acquisition of the financial interest.
  • Any interest in any transaction to which KVK Agri Products Limited is a party or to which it is planned or proposed that KVK Agri Products Limited shall become a party.
  • Any financial interest in a non-publicly held organization that is in competition with KVK Agri Products Limited.

The required reports must be made to the respective Division President or Corporate Officer, or, in the case of KVK Agri Products Limited’s Corporate Officers, to the Board of Directors, as applicable. New employees will be requested to make a report of any of the specified interests prior to the date of employment. Reportable interests that the employee plans to acquire should be reported far enough in advance to allow adequate time for review.

3. Personal Relationships

Any KVK Agri Products Limited Person who has a close relationship with someone else (a family member or close personal friend) who has a significant financial or employment relationship with a competitor, customer or supplier of KVK Agri Products Limited must disclose this information in writing to the employee’s Human Resources Manager or the Division President. In such event, KVK Agri Products Limited may take such action, as it deems appropriate to avoid an actual or potential conflict of interest including, without limitation, reassignment or transfer of the employee.

No employee may be hired, promoted, transferred or maintained in a position where such aspect of employee’s employment may be directly or indirectly influenced by a relative or another employee with whom such employee has a close personal relationship. All supervisor-subordinate relationships must be free of any favoritism or special treatment and must avoid any actual or apparent conflict of interest.

Business Conduct and Guarding Against Bribery

It is KVK Agri Products Limited’s policy to conduct business fairly and ethically and to avoid even the perception that KVK Agri Products Limited would offer a bribe to obtain a business advantage. Bribery entails paying, offering or promising to provide money or anything of value to obtain or retain business.

Many countries have anti-bribery and anti-corruption laws, including the Anti-Corruption Bureau (“ACB”) in India. The ACB prohibits bribes to any public officials in India or another country. Where agents or other third parties (collectively “agents”) are retained on KVK Agri Products Limited’s behalf, KVK Agri Products Limited Persons must exercise due diligence and take all necessary precautions to ensure that the agents are reputable and qualified. KVK Agri Products Limited or the individual could be liable for unlawful payments by a KVK Agri Products Limited agent.

Violations of the ACB or other anti-bribery laws could result in disciplinary action, including termination, as well as severe criminal or civil penalties to KVK Agri Products Limited and/or individuals, employees, officers, director or agents.

Recording and Reporting Information

KVK Agri Products Limited Persons must record and report all information accurately and honestly. This includes, for example, time records, marketing orders, engineering or test results and financial reports.

One report that many employees and consultants use is the expense report. Employees and consultants are entitled to reimbursement for reasonable expenses incurred including expenditures for business courtesies, social amenities, gifts, and favors meeting the Rules for Business Courtesies section of this policy. All expense reports must be accurate, fully supported, and include only expenses allowable under KVK Agri Products Limited policies. Expenditures not reimbursable under government contracts (such as entertainment and alcoholic beverages) must be specifically identified.

Under various laws, including, but not limited to, SEC Rules, tax laws, the FCPA, Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”) or International Traffic in Arms Regulations (“ITAR”), KVK Agri Products Limited is required to maintain books and records reflecting KVK Agri Products Limited’s transactions. It is essential that these books and records are accurate. KVK Agri Products Limited Persons must ensure that they do not make false or misleading statements in financial reports, environmental monitoring reports and other documents submitted to or maintained for government agencies. KVK Agri Products Limited Persons involved in the preparation of KVK Agri Products Limited’s public filings should ensure that these filings contain full, fair, accurate and understandable disclosure and that they reflect on a timely basis all material information required to be included in such filings.

KVK Agri Products Limited Persons may not commit KVK Agri Products Limited to undertake any performance, payment or obligation unless authorized under the appropriate delegation of authority policies. The use of sideletters or “off-the-books” arrangements are prohibited. No KVK Agri Products Limited Persons may enter into transactions with customers, suppliers or other business partners that facilitate improper revenue recognition, expense treatment or accounting improprieties.

To ensure the accuracy and integrity of KVK Agri Products Limited’s books and records, KVK Agri Products Limited Persons must comply with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and are required to follow those finance policies and procedures as set forth in the KVK Agri Products Limited Controller’s Manual.

KVK Agri Products Limited’s Division Managers, Controllers, and accounting and finance managers are responsible for ensuring all financial reports, analyses and other information for external disclosure is accurate, complete and reported per GAAP and company policies and procedures.

Dishonest and inaccurate reporting is strictly prohibited and can lead to civil or even criminal liability for the employee and/or KVK Agri Products Limited.

Proprietary Information of Others

It is KVK Agri Products Limited’s policy to respect the proprietary rights and trade secret information of others. KVK Agri Products Limited Persons must ensure that they do not solicit, obtain or receive any information regarding others in illegal or improper ways. Proprietary and confidential information belonging to third parties which has not been disclosed without restriction may be obtained and/or used only by permission of the owner. Where the application of these rules is uncertain, the affected individual should discuss the situation with their manager, and, if appropriate, with KVK Agri Products Limited’s outside legal counsel.

Fair Competition

KVK Agri Products Limited’s policy is to provide the best possible products and services and to sell them on their merits while avoiding deprecation or criticism of competitors, their products or services. Although truthful description of a competitor’s product or service shortcomings is normally acceptable, if such a description is not accurate the competitor may have cause to initiate a legal claim against KVK Agri Products Limited. You must not mislead others with respect to any specific shortcoming by only providing a part of the relevant information. KVK Agri Products Limited Persons should stress the advantages of KVK Agri Products Limited products and services rather than criticize competitors, their products or their services. It is acceptable to compare published current specifications.

Antitrust Constraints

KVK Agri Products Limited Persons must comply with the requirements of Company Policy 0999 “Antitrust.” Since a violation of antitrust laws can result in serious legal difficulties, KVK Agri Products Limited marketing, sales and management personnel must be familiar with the requirements of this company policy. In general, the antitrust laws forbid agreements or understandings of any kind, formal or informal, with competitors or others to fix or control prices, to allocate products, markets or territories, to boycott certain customers or suppliers, or to refrain from or limit the manufacture, sale or production of any product.

In business dealings with outside organizations, remember that a supplier or customer may also be a competitor. Normal sales to, purchasing from, and subcontracts with, competitors are to be expected and are not illegal. Contacts at association meetings, seminars, etc., are proper and need not be avoided, provided that the subject matter discussed is appropriate. However, no KVK Agri Products Limited Persons may engage in unlawful discussions or collaboration on such things as prices, plans, production, or sales territories with competitors. Employees and others representing KVK Agri Products Limited must be sensitive at all times to even an appearance of such activities.

Insider Trading and Disclosure of Nonpublic Information

KVK Agri Products Limited’s policy and India and state laws prohibit directors, employees and others from trading on, or improperly disclosing or using material, nonpublic (“inside”) information. Inside information is information concerning KVK Agri Products Limited or another company that is not known to the investing public.

Inside information is “material” if it could reasonably be expected to affect the price of a company’s publicly traded securities. Some common examples are material changes in estimates of future company earnings; a proposed merger, acquisition, or joint venture; sale of significant assets; changes in senior management; significant new products or discoveries; impending liquidity problems; stock offerings or repurchases by the company; substantial increases or decreases in dividends; significant expansion or curtailment of operations; or the gain or loss of a substantial customer or supplier. This list is not intended to be exhaustive.

These restrictions also apply to family members and others living in the same household as employees or directors.

Employees, directors and members of their families and others living in the same household are also required to not trade in KVK Agri Products Limited’s securities during periods when trading is prohibited under applicable company policies.

KVK Agri Products Limited Persons are prohibited from disclosing to anyone inside or outside KVK Agri Products Limited any confidential, nonpublic information, including technical, proprietary, or business sensitive information obtained at or through KVK Agri Products Limited, except on a need-to-know basis and where there is no reason to believe that the information will be misused or improperly disclosed. This prohibition applies to all confidential, nonpublic, technical, proprietary or business-sensitive information, whether or not it is “material.” The dissemination of technical information must be made in accordance with the EAR and ITAR, as well as any applicable foreign laws.

The above guidelines are merely general in nature. KVK Agri Products Limited Persons must also comply with KVK Agri Products Limited’s specific policy relating to Insider Trading (Company Policy 0014 “Insider Trading”.)

Certification of Compliance with Policy on Legal and Ethical Conduct

It is KVK Agri Products Limited’s policy that all exempt employees and consultants, plus all management, supervisors, sales, marketing, procurement and service employees whose positions bring them in frequent contact with customers or suppliers (“Employees Requiring Certification”), comply with company policy and government business guidance documents. Certain policies and practices require legal and ethical standards, which are of overriding importance in the conduct of the company’s business.

To communicate and ensure the application of these ethical and legal standards, all Employees Requiring Certification must certify that they have read and are familiar with these key policies. They must also certify that they understand these policies contain mandatory legal and ethical standards and practices to be followed in conducting the company’s business.

Each Corporate Officer, Division President, Controller, Division Marketing Manager, International and Domestic Field Sales Manager and others designated by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) must provide:

  • Company Form 1906 annually.
  • Division certification forms will be kept in a separate file in the Division’s Human Resources Office. In the case of Corporate Officers, certification forms will be kept in a separate file in the Corporate Headquarters Office.

All Employees Requiring Certification must provide:

  • Company Form 1909 annually. Individuals newly hired or promoted to exempt positions must provide this certification within 10 working days of their start date.
  • These certification forms are retained in the employee’s personnel file in the appropriate Human Resources Office

Managers and supervisors must review Company Policies and expectations on business conduct with newly hired or promoted Employees Requiring Certification during the initial orientation or evaluation time period, and periodically, as work assignments or job duties change.