MCL is a professionally managed organisation and the core value underlying our corporate philosophy is 'trusteeship'. We believe this organisation has been handed to us by the various stakeholders in 'trust' and we as professionals are the 'trustees' of these stakeholders. It is therefore our responsibility to ensure that the organisation is managed in a manner that protects and furthers the interests of our stakeholders. We recognise society as an important stakeholder in this enterprise and therefore it is part of our responsibility to practise good corporate citizenship.
The Corporate Governance Policy is the apex-level instrument guiding conduct of the affairs of the Company and clearly delineates the roles, responsibilities and authorities of the key entities in the governance structure of the Company. This Code forms an integral part of the Company's Governance Policy. The directors, senior management and employees must adhere to the Corporate Governance Policy of the Company.
In the conduct of the Company's business, the practice of good corporate citizenship is a prerequisite and embraces the following:
As a good corporate citizen, MCL is committed to a gender-friendly workplace. It seeks to enhance equal opportunities for men and women, prevent/stop/redress sexual harassment at the workplace and institute good employment practices.
MCL demands, demonstrates and promotes professional behaviour and respectful treatment of all employees.
All directors, senior management and employees shall ensure that in their dealings with Stakeholders, the Company's interests are never compromised. Accepting gifts and presents of more than a nominal value, gratuity payments and other payments from suppliers or customers will be viewed as serious breach of discipline as this could lead to compromising the Company's interests.
Employees of MCL, in their business conduct, shall comply with all applicable laws and regulations, in letter and spirit, in all the territories in which they operate. If the ethical and professional standards of applicable laws and regulations are below that of the Code, then the standards of the Code shall prevail.
Directors of the company shall comply with applicable laws and regulations of all the relevant regulatory and other authorities. As good governance practice they shall safeguard the confidentiality of all information received by them by virtue of their position.
The Company attaches great importance to a healthy and safe work environment. It is committed to provide good physical working conditions and encourages high standards of hygiene and maintenance.
The Company believes that commitment to sustainable development is a key component of responsible corporate citizenship and therefore deserves to be accorded the highest priority.
Accordingly, the Company is committed to Best Practices in environmental matters arising out of its business activities and expects each business to fully demonstrate this commitment.
All directors, senior management and employees have the obligation to conduct themselves in an honest and ethical manner and act in the best interest of the Company at all times. They are expected to demonstrate exemplary personal conduct through adherence to the following:
All directors, senior management and employees must avoid situations in which their personal interest could conflict with the interest of the Company. This is an area in which it is impossible to provide comprehensive guidance but the guiding principle is that conflict, if any, or potential conflict must be disclosed to higher management for guidance and action as appropriate.
All directors, senior management and employees shall ensure that their actions in the conduct of business are totally transparent except where the needs of business security dictate otherwise. Such transparency shall be brought about through appropriate policies, systems and processes, including as appropriate, segregation of duties, tiered approval mechanism and involvement of more than one manager in key decisions and maintaining supporting records. It shall be necessary to voluntarily ensure that areas of operation are open to audit and the conduct of activities is totally auditable.
Every employee of the company shall ensure, at all times, the integrity of data or information furnished by him / her to the Company. He / she shall be entirely responsible in ensuring that the confidentiality of all data is retained and in no circumstance transferred to any outside person / party in the course of normal operations without express guidelines from, or the approval of, the management.
No director, senior management and employee shall misuse Company facilities. In the use of Company facilities, care shall be exercised to ensure that costs are reasonable and there is no wastage.
Any waiver of any provision of this Code of Conduct for a director, senior management or employee must be placed for approval before the Company's Board of Directors as appropriate.
The Company shall be committed to, and support, the constitution and governance systems of the country in which it operates.
It shall not support any specific political party or candidate for political office. The Company's conduct shall preclude any activity that could be interpreted as mutual dependence / favour with any political body or person, and it shall not offer or give any Company funds or property as donations to any political party, candidate or campaign.
Every employee of MCL shall promptly report to the management, and / or third-party ethics helpline, when he / she becomes aware of any actual or possible violation of the Code or an event of misconduct, act of misdemeanour or act not in the Company's interest. Such reporting shall be made available to suppliers and partners, too.
Any employee can choose to make a protected disclosure under the policy of the Company, providing for reporting to the Chairperson of the Audit Committee or the Board of Directors or specified authority. Such a protected disclosure shall be forwarded, when there is reasonable evidence to conclude that a violation is possible or has taken place, with a covering letter, which shall bear the identity of the whistleblower.
The Company shall ensure protection to that employee and any attempts to intimidate him / her would be treated as a violation of the Code.