These excerpts taken from the ABII 10-K filed Mar 31, 2008.
Reporting Procedures and Other Inquiries
Each employee has a responsibility to promptly report any suspected misconduct, illegal activities or fraud, including any questionable accounting, internal accounting controls and auditing matters, or other violations of federal and state laws or of this Code in accordance with the provisions of the Companys Whistleblower Policy.
The Company has established a procedure under which alleged misconduct may be reported confidentially and anonymously. Employees may anonymously report an alleged violation by contacting the Companys third-party reporting hotline service provider at (866) 623-0206 or such other number(s) as the Company may from time to time provide to employees.
When reporting an actual or possible violation, employees will be asked to provide the time, location, names of the people involved and other details so that the Company can appropriately investigate. Anonymous reports should be factual instead of speculative or conclusory and should contain as much specific information as possible to allow the persons investigating the report to adequately assess the nature, extent and urgency of the situation. Employees should realize that if an anonymous report cannot be properly investigated without additional information, the Company may have to close the matter for lack of sufficient information.
The Company prohibits retaliation or retribution against any person who in good faith reports an ethical concern. However, anyone who uses this Code or any compliance program to spread falsehoods, threaten others, damage another persons reputation or any other improper purpose will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination.
Upon receipt of any reported violation of this Code by any person other than an executive officer or director of the Company, the Chief Compliance Officer will determine whether the information alleged in the report alleges or contains allegations that might constitute a violation of this Code. To the extent the Chief Compliance Officer deems appropriate, the Compliance Officer will appoint one or more internal and/or external investigators to promptly and fully investigate such report under the supervision of the Chief Compliance Officer. The Chief Compliance Officer shall, to the extent deemed appropriate, consult with the Audit Committee with respect to conduct or results of any such investigation. The Chief Financial Officer, internal audit and others may be called upon to assist in the investigation as the Chief Compliance Officer or the Audit Committee deems necessary.
With respect to any other report, upon receipt of such report, the Chief Compliance Officer will determine whether the information alleged in the report alleges or contains allegations that might constitute misconduct. The Audit Committee (and the Chief Financial Officer if not the subject of the alleged misconduct) shall be notified promptly of reports of alleged misconduct determined to involve accounting, internal accounting controls and auditing concerns or alleged violations of this Code by executive officers or directors of the Company. The Audit Committee will, to the extent it deems appropriate, appoint one or more internal and/or external investigators to promptly and fully investigate claims of alleged misconduct, under the supervision of the Chief Compliance Officer, or, in the case of (i) alleged Misconduct relating to accounting, internal accounting controls and auditing concerns or (ii) alleged violations of this Code by executive officers or directors of the Company, under the supervision and oversight of the Audit Committee or such other persons as the Audit Committee determines to be appropriate under the circumstances. The Chief Financial Officer, internal audit and others may be called upon to assist in the investigation as the Chief Compliance Officer or the Audit Committee deems necessary.
Employees, officers and directors are expected to cooperate fully with any inquiry or investigation by the Company regarding an alleged violation of this Code. Failure to cooperate with any such inquiry or investigation may result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination.
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Questions regarding the policies in this Code may be directed to the Chief Compliance Officer. Managers and supervisors can provide timely advice and guidance to employees on ethics and compliance concerns and are expected to take a leadership role in promoting ethical business conduct.
This document is not an employment contract between Abraxis BioScience and its employees, nor does it modify their employment relationship with the Company.
This Code is intended to clarify the existing obligation for proper conduct of each employee, officer and director (as applicable). The standards and the supporting policies and procedures may change from time to time in the Companys discretion. Each individual is responsible for knowing and complying with the current laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies and procedures that apply to the Companys work.