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CODE OF ETHICS
This Code of Ethics (the “Code”) has been adopted by the Board of Directors of Blue Note Mining Inc.
This Code applies to Blue Note employees, officers including the Chief Executive Officer, the Chief Operating Officer, the Chief Financial Officer, and to members of the Board of Directors of Blue Note and its subsidiaries.
The Company has adopted this Code for the purpose of fostering a climate of honesty and integrity. The Code reflects the Company’s commitment to a culture of honesty, integrity and accountability and outlines the basic principals and policies of ethical conduct to which all directors, officers and employees are expected to adhere in the conduct of the Company’s business.
The Company requires the highest standards of professional and ethical conduct from its directors, officers and employees. The Company’s reputation with its shareholders and prospective investors for honesty and integrity is key to the success of its business. No director, officer or employee will be permitted to achieve results through violations of laws, rules or regulations, or through unscrupulous dealings.
Blue Note expects every employee, officer and director of the Corporation or of its subsidiaries to act in full compliance with the policies set forth in this Code. Failure to observe these policies may subject the employee, officer or director to disciplinary action up to and including termination. A violation of this Code may also be a violation of the law and could result in civil or criminal penalties being imposed on the individual personally and on Blue Note.
COMPLIANCE AND REPORTING
Blue Note expects employees and directors to take all reasonable action to prevent a violation of this Code, to identify and raise potential ethical issues facing the Corporation before they lead to problems and to seek guidance when necessary. No employee will be adversely affected because the employee refuses to carry out a directive which, in fact, constitutes corporate fraud, or is a violation of federal or provincial law.
Blue Note has a Whistleblower Policy which provides a procedure for reporting suspected violations without retaliation.
STANDARDS OF CONDUCT
WAIVERS OF THIS CODE
- Conflicts of Interest
All employees, officers’ and directors primary responsibility is to act in the best interests of Blue Note and its shareholders.
A “conflict of interest” occurs when an individual’s private or other business interest improperly interferes, or appears to interfere, with the interests of Blue Note. A conflict situation can arise when an employee, officer or director takes actions or has private or other business interests that may make it difficult to perform his or her company work objectively and effectively. Conflicts of interest may cause an employee, officer or director to make decisions based on personal gain rather than in the best interests of Blue Note and its shareholders.
Employees, officers and directors should avoid such conflicts of interest. In particular, employees, officers and directors may not use or attempt to use their position at Blue Note to obtain any improper personal benefit. Blue Note recognizes that the services of some of its employees, officers and directors are retained on a part time basis. Such employees, officers and directors will therefore take part in financial, business, and other activities outside their responsibilities to Blue Note. These activities, however, must be free of conflict with each individual’s responsibilities as a Blue Note employee, officer or director. Blue Note employees, officers or directors must not serve as directors or officers of, or work as employees or consultants for, a competitor or an actual or potential business partner of Blue Note without the prior approval of the Board of Directors.
Blue Note employees, officers and directors may not invest in or trade in shares of a competitor or an actual or potential business partner of Blue Note where such investment or trading may appear or tend to influence business decisions or compromise independent judgment. This prohibition does not apply to shares of a publicly traded company where such investment or trading relates to less than five percent of its issued shares.
Investing or trading in Blue Note’s competitors or business partners remains subject to applicable laws and regulations regarding insider trading, including prohibitions against trading when in possession of material non-public information regarding such companies, whether such information is gained in the course of employment with Blue Note or otherwise.
Acceptance by an employee, officer or director (or a member of his or her immediate family) of gifts or entertainment of a value that may influence business decisions or compromise independent judgment is prohibited.
If a conflict of interest exists, and there is no failure of good faith on the part of the employee, officer or director, Blue Note’s policy generally will be to allow a reasonable amount of time for the employee, officer or director to correct the situation in order to prevent undue hardship or loss. However, all decisions in this regard will be at the discretion of the Board of Directors whose primary concern in exercising such discretion will be the best interests of Blue Note and its shareholders.
If an employee, officer or director is aware of a material transaction or relationship (including those involving family members) that could reasonably be expected to give rise to a conflict of interest, he or she should discuss the matter promptly with the Company’s Compliance Director, the Chief Executive Officer or Chairman of the Board.
- Public Disclosure
Blue Note is committed to providing timely, factual and accurate disclosure of material information about Blue Note to its shareholders, the financial community and the public. Employees, officers and directors involved in the Corporation’s disclosure process are responsible for acting in furtherance of this policy and should understand and comply with such policy.
- Compliance with Laws, Rules and Regulations
Blue Note is committed to complying with applicable laws and regulations in each jurisdiction in which it does business. Employees, officers and directors are expected to adhere to the standards and restrictions imposed by those laws and regulations.
Blue Note and its employees, officers and directors are subject to laws and regulations regarding insider trading. Canadian securities laws prohibit trading in the securities of any company while in possession of material, non-public information regarding such company. Blue Note has adopted a corporate Insider Trading Policy in order to prevent improper trading in its securities and the improper communication of undisclosed material information. Employees, officers and directors are required to comply with such policy.
It is Blue Note’s policy that neither Blue Note nor its employees, officers or directors shall pay, offer to pay, or promise to give anything of value, directly or indirectly, to any government official for the purpose of influencing an official act or decision related to retaining or obtaining business or directing business to any person. Blue Note may encounter particular pressure to make such payments in certain countries and employees, officers and directors should be particularly vigilant not to be tempted by assertions that such practices are common or condoned in that country. If an employee, officer or director is not certain that a proposed conduct is appropriate such conduct should be discussed with the Corporation’s Compliance Director.
- Corporate Opportunities
Employees, officers and directors are prohibited from (a) taking for themselves personally opportunities that are discovered through the use of corporate property, information or position, unless Blue Note has already been offered the opportunity and declined it; (b) using corporate property, information, or position for personal gain; and (c) competing with Blue Note.
- Protection and Proper Use of Company Assets
All employees, officers and directors must protect Blue Note’s assets and ensure their efficient use. Blue Note’s assets must be protected from loss, damage, theft, misuse, and waste. Company assets include employees’ and officers’ time at work and work product as well as Blue Note’s equipment and vehicles, computers and software, trading and bank accounts, company information and Blue Note’s reputation, trademarks and name. Blue Note’s telephone, email, voicemail and other electronic systems are primarily for business purposes. Personal communications using these systems should be kept to a minimum. Employees, officers and directors should exercise prudence in incurring and approving business expenses, work to minimize such expenses and to ensure that such expenses are reasonable and serve Blue Note’s business interests.
Employees, officers and directors should keep all confidential information in strict confidence, except when disclosure is authorized by Blue Note or legally mandated. Confidential information includes, among other things, any non-public information concerning Blue Note including its business, financial performance, results or prospects and any non-public information provided by a third party with the expectation that the information will be kept confidential and used solely for the business purpose for which it was conveyed. An employee’s, officer’s or director’s obligation to safeguard Blue Note’s confidential information continues after his or her employment with Blue Note ends.
- Fair Dealing
Employees, officers and directors should endeavour to deal fairly with Blue Note’s counterparties, suppliers, competitors and employees. No employee, officer or director may take unfair advantage of anyone through manipulation, concealment, abuse of privileged information, misrepresentation of material facts or any other unfair-dealing practice.
- Employee Harassment or Discrimination
Blue Note is committed to fair employment practices and a workplace in which all individuals are treated with dignity and respect. Blue Note expects that all relationships among persons in the workplace will be professional and free of bias and harassment.
- Environmental, Safety, and Occupational Health Practices
Blue Note believes that sound environmental, safety, and occupational health management practices are in the best interests of its business, its employees, its shareholders and the communities in which it operates. Blue Note is committed to conducting its business in accordance with recognized industry standards and applicable environmental and occupational health and safety laws and regulations.
From time to time, Blue Note may waive certain provisions of this Code. Waivers generally may be granted only by the Chief Executive Officer. However, any waiver of the provisions of this Code for directors and executive officers, including the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer may be made only by the Board of Directors and will be disclosed to shareholders as required by applicable rules and regulation.