Adecoagro S.A., including its affiliates (the “Company”) is committed to the highest standards of legal and ethical business conduct. This Code of Business Conduct and Ethics (the “Code”) summarizes the legal, ethical and regulatory standards that the Company must follow and is a reminder to our directors, officers and employees, of the seriousness of that commitment. Compliance with this Code and high standards of business conduct is mandatory for every Company employee.
Our business is becoming increasingly complex, both in terms of the geographic areas in which we operate and the laws with which we must comply. To help our directors, officers and employees understand what is expected of them and to carry out their responsibilities, we have created this Code of Business Conduct and Ethics. Additionally, we have created a new position of Company Ethics Officer to oversee adherence to the Code.
This Code is not intended to be a comprehensive guide to all of our policies or to all your responsibilities under law or regulation. It provides general parameters to help you resolve the ethical and legal issues you encounter in conducting our business. Think of this Code as a guideline, or a minimum requirement, that must always be followed. The Company may introduce more restrictive policies or practices that must adhere to. If you have any questions about anything in the Code or appropriate actions in light of the Code, you may contact the Company Ethics Officer.
We expect each of our directors, officers and employees to read and become familiar with the ethical standards described in this Code and to affirm your agreement to adhere to these standards by signing the Compliance Certificate that appears at the end of this Code. Violations of the law, our corporate policies, or this Code may lead to disciplinary action, including dismissal.
We have built our business based on excellence in products and services: not only quality products and services but quality employees and representatives who adhere to the very highest standards of honesty, ethics and fairness in our dealings with all of our business contacts. We place the highest value on the integrity of our directors, our officers and our employees and demand this level of integrity in all of our dealings. We insist not only on ethical dealings with others, but on the ethical handling of actual or apparent conflicts of interest between personal and professional relationships.
Directors, officers and employees are required to deal honestly and fairly with our customers, employees, collaborators, competitors and other third parties.
Although sales and costs are the lifeblood of any organization, we market our products and services fairly and vigorously based on our honesty, creativity and ingenuity and the proven quality and reliability of the products. Effectively serving our investors and customers, is our most important goal — in the eyes of the customer you are the Company. In our dealings with customers and suppliers, we:
Prohibit bribes, kickbacks or any other form of improper payment, direct or indirect, to any representative of government, labor union, customer or supplier in order to obtain a contract, some other commercial benefit or government action;
Prohibit our directors, officers and employees from accepting any bribe, kickback or improper payment from anyone.
Prohibit gifts or favors of more than nominal value to or from our customers or suppliers without the prior authorization of compliance officer;
Limit marketing and client entertainment expenditures to those that are necessary, prudent, job-related and consistent with our policies;
Require clear and precise communication in our contracts, our advertising, our literature, and our other public statements and seek to eliminate misstatement of fact or misleading impressions;
Reflect accurately on all invoices to customers the sale price and terms of sales for products sold or services rendered;
Protect all proprietary data our customers or suppliers provide to us as reflected in our agreements with them; and
Prohibit our representatives from otherwise taking unfair advantage of our customers or suppliers, or other third parties, through manipulation, concealment, abuse of privileged information or misrepresentation of material facts or any other unfair-dealing practice.
Our directors, officers and employees should not be involved in any activity that creates or gives the appearance of a conflict of interest between their personal interests and the interests of the Company. A “conflict of interest” occurs when a director’s, officer’s or employee’s personal interest interferes with the Company’s interest. In particular, without the specific permission of the Company’s Ethics Officer, no director, officer or employee shall:
Be a consultant to, or a director, officer or employee of, or otherwise operate an outside business that:
Markets products or services in competition with our current or potential products and services.
Enters into a farm lease agreement or any similar transaction that might create or give an appearance of a conflict of interest; except for those transactions or investments made before becoming an employee of the Company or follow-on investments related to such transactions.
Enter into any transaction with the Company’s suppliers for the acquisition of goods and/or services to be used and/or rendered in properties or assets which are not the property of the Company
Supplies products or services to the Company;
Purchases products or services from the Company; or ü Has any financial interest, including significant stock ownership, in any entity with which we do business that might create or give the appearance of a conflict of interest; Divert to himself or herself or to others any opportunities that are discovered through the use of the Company’s property or information or as a result of his or her position with the Company. Seek or accept any personal loan, or services from any entity with which we do business, except from financial institutions or service providers offering similar loans or services to third parties under similar terms in the ordinary course of their respective businesses; Be a consultant to, or a director, officer or employee of, or otherwise operate an outside business if the demands of the outside business would interfere with the director’s, officer’s or employee’s responsibilities to us; Accept any personal loan or guarantee of obligations from the Company, except to the extent such arrangements are legally permissible upon the prior written approval of the Company; or Conduct business on behalf of the Company with family members. In many cases a potential conflict of interest or violation of trust may be avoided by making a full disclosure of the facts to the Company prior to the completion of any transaction, thereby permitting the Company to make an informed, independent decision regarding the implication of any such transaction. Directors, officers, and employees must notify the Ethics Officer, of any situation that could reasonably be expected to give rise to the existence of any actual or potential conflict of interest.
Our directors, officers and employees are entrusted with our confidential information and with the confidential information of our suppliers, customers or other business partners. This information may include (1) technical information about current and future products, services or research, (2) business or marketing plans or projections, (3) earnings and other internal financial data, (4) personnel information, (5) supply and customer lists and (6) other non-public information that, if disclosed, might be of use to our competitors, or harmful to the Company, our suppliers, customers or other business partners. This information is our property, or the property of our suppliers, customers or business partners and in many cases was developed at great expense. Our directors, officers and employees shall:
Not discuss confidential information with or in the presence of any unauthorized persons, including family members and friends;
Use confidential information only for our legitimate business purposes and not for personal gain;
Not disclose confidential information to third parties; and
Not use the Company property or resources for any personal benefit or the personal benefit of anyone else. The Company property includes the Company internet, email, and voicemail services, which should be used only for business related activities, and which may be monitored by the Company at any time without notice.
We are committed to providing our investors with full, fair, accurate, timely and understandable disclosures. To this end, our directors, officers and employees shall:
Not make false or misleading entries in our books and records for any reason;
Not condone any undisclosed or unrecorded bank accounts or assets established for any purpose;
Comply with generally accepted accounting principles in the relevant jurisdiction at all times;
Notify our Chief Financial Officer if there is an unreported transaction;
Maintain a system of internal accounting controls that will provide reasonable assurances to management that all transactions are properly recorded;
Maintain books and records that accurately and fairly reflect our transactions;
Prohibit the establishment of any undisclosed or unrecorded funds or assets;
Maintain a system of internal controls that will provide reasonable assurances to our management that material information about the Company is made known to management, particularly during the periods in which our periodic reports are being prepared;
Present information in a clear and orderly manner and avoid the use of unnecessary legal and financial language in our periodic reports; and ·
Not communicate to the public any nonpublic information except through our Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Legal Officer or Investor Relations Manager.
We will comply with all laws and governmental regulations that are applicable to our activities, and expect all our directors, officers and employees to obey the law. Specifically, we are committed to:
Maintaining a safe and healthy work environment;
Promoting a workplace that is free from discrimination or harassment based on race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability or other factors that are unrelated to the Company’s business interests;
Supporting fair competition and laws prohibiting restraints of trade and other unfair trade practices;
Conducting our activities in full compliance with all applicable environmental laws;
Keeping the political activities of our directors, officers and employees separate from our business;
Prohibiting any illegal payments, gifts, or gratuities to any government officials or political party;
Prohibiting the unauthorized use, reproduction, or distribution of any third party’s trade secrets, copyrighted information or confidential information;
Prohibiting the sale or export, either directly or through our representatives, of our products to countries where technology related goods such as ours may not be sold;
Complying with all applicable state and federal securities laws or any provisions of applicable state or federal law relating to fraud against investors; and
Not tolerating any behavior that could constitute securities fraud, mail fraud, bank fraud, or wire fraud.
Our directors, officers and employees are prohibited from trading our securities while in possession of material, nonpublic (“inside”) information about the Company. Please see Adecoagro’s insider trading policy available at website (www.adecoagro.com) or ask for a copy to Human Resources Department or to the Ethics Officer.
Compliance with the Code is, first and foremost, the individual responsibility of every director, officer and employee. We attempt to foster a work environment in which ethical issues and concerns may be raised and discussed with supervisors or with others without the fear of retribution. It is our responsibility to provide a system of reporting and access when you wish to report a suspected violation, or to seek counseling, when the normal chain of command cannot, for whatever reason, be used.