As noted on our Corporate Governance home page, we have a number of policies that address key aspects of our corporate governance. Our key policies cover:
- Global Code of Business Conduct;
- Complaints/Ethics Hotline;
- Continuous Disclosure and Market Communication; and
- Insider Trading.
Copies of all these policies are available in the Library on this website, or in the different sections below.
Global Code of Business Conduct
The Company seeks to maintain high standards of integrity and is committed to ensuring that the Company conducts its business in accordance with high standards of ethical behavior. The Company requires its employees to comply with both the spirit and the letter of all laws and other statutory requirements governing the conduct of the Company’s activities in each country in which the Company operates. The Company has adopted a Global Code of Business Conduct (the "Code of Conduct") which applies to all of the Company’s employees and directors. The Code of Conduct covers many aspects of corporate policy and addresses compliance with legal and other responsibilities to stakeholders. All directors and employees of the Company worldwide are required to review the Code of Conduct on an annual basis. As part of its oversight functions, the Audit Committee oversees the Code of Conduct and reviews the policy on an annual basis.
The Code of Conduct provides employees with advice about who they should contact if they have information or questions regarding potential violations of the policy. Globally, the Company maintains an ethics hotline operated telephonically by an independent external provider which allows employees to report anonymously any concerns. All Company employees worldwide are reminded annually of the existence of the ethics hotline.
- Read our Ethics Hotline Policy (PDF, 262KB)
Continuous disclosure and market communication
We strive to comply with all relevant disclosure laws and listing rules in Australia (ASX and ASIC) and the United States (SEC and NYSE).
Our Continuous Disclosure and Market Communication Policy aims to ensure timely communications so that investors can readily:
- understand the Company’s strategy and assess the quality of its management;
- examine the Company’s financial position and the strength of its growth prospects; and
- receive any news or information that might reasonably be expected to materially affect the price or market for the Company securities.
The CEO is responsible for ensuring the Company complies with its continuous disclosure obligations. A Disclosure Committee comprised of senior management (CEO, CFO, General Counsel and the Vice President—Investor and Media Relations) is responsible for all decisions regarding market disclosure obligations outside of the Company’s normal financial reporting calendar.
- Read our Continuous Disclosure and Market Communication Policy (PDF, 150KB)
All directors and employees of the Company are subject to the Company’s Insider Trading Policy.
Under the Insider Trading Policy, employees and directors may generally conduct transactions in the Company’s securities during a four week period beginning two days after the announcement of quarterly or full-year results, or such other periods as may be designated by the Board; provided that such persons are not in possession of material, non-public information. The Insider Trading Policy also contains preclearance requirements for certain designated senior employees and directors, as well as general prohibitions on hedging activities or selling any shares for short-swing profit.
- Read our Insider Trading Policy (PDF, 270KB)