Pure Cycle 10-K 2007
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PURE CYCLE CORPORATION
CODE OF BUSINESS CONDUCT AND ETHICS
As amended August 2, 2007
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Pure Cycle Corporation (the Company) is adopting this Code of Business Conduct and Ethics (the Code) to formalize the Companys continuing expectations regarding ethical conduct. This Code applies to the directors, officers and employees of the Company and each of its subsidiaries.
This Code is intended to satisfy the requirements of Section 406 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 regarding the adoption of a code of ethics for senior officers and the Nasdaq Stock Market listing standards regarding the adoption of a code of conduct for directors, officers and employees.
Honest and Ethical Conduct
The Company is committed to conducting its business in accordance with the highest ethical principles. Each director, officer and employee is expected to conduct his or her affairs with uncompromising honesty and integrity. Specifically, each director, officer and employee must:
Conflicts of Interest
Each director, officer and employee has an obligation to act in the best interests of the Company and is expected to avoid engaging in activities that create an actual or apparent conflict between their personal interests and the interests of the Company. A conflict of interest may arise when a director, officer or employee takes an action or has a personal interest that may adversely influence his or her objectivity or the exercise of sound, ethical business judgment. The following situations are examples of conflict of interest situations:
(a) Owning or holding a substantial financial interest in a company which has material business dealings with the Company or which engages in any significant field of activity engaged in by the Company.
(b) Acting as a director or officer for any business enterprise with which the Company has a competitive or significant business relationship, unless so requested or approved by the Company.
(c) Accepting gifts, payments, or services of significant value from those seeking to do business with the Company.
(d) Knowingly competing with the Company in the purchase or sale of property or diverting from the Company a business opportunity in which the Company has or is likely to have an interest.
(e) Placing of Company business with a firm owned or controlled by a Company employee, officer or director without the prior specific approval of the Board.
It is the Companys policy that actual or apparent conflicts of interest are to be avoided if possible and must be fully disclosed to the full board of directors. Any material transaction or relationship involving a potential conflict of interest must be approved in advance by the board. In addition, each related party transaction of the Company must be reviewed and approved by the Audit Committee. For these purposes, a related party transaction shall be defined as set forth in the Audit Committee Charter.
The Companys public filings, including its filings with the SEC, must be full, fair, accurate, timely, and understandable. Depending on his or her position with the Company, any director, officer or employee may be called upon from time to time to provide information necessary to achieve this objective. The Company expects each director, officer and employee to take this responsibility very seriously and to provide full, fair, and accurate information upon request in a timely and understandable manner.
Each director, officer and employee must promptly bring to the attention of the Companys Audit Committee any material information of which that individual has become aware that affects the disclosures made by the Company in its public filings or otherwise, and to otherwise assist the Audit Committee in fulfilling its responsibilities.
In addition, each director, officer and employee must promptly bring to the attention of the Audit Committee any information that the individual may have concerning (a) deficiencies in the design or operation of the Companys internal controls which could materially affect the Companys ability to record, process, summarize, and report financial data or (b) any fraud, whether or not material, that involves any officer, or that involves an employee who has a significant role in the Companys financial reporting, disclosures, or internal controls.
Compliance with Laws
The Company has always required that all of its employees conduct the Companys operations in accordance with all applicable governmental laws, rules and regulations. Each director, officer and employee has the obligation to understand those laws, rules and regulations that apply to them in the performance of their jobs and to take such steps as are necessary to ensure that the Companys operations with which they are involved are conducted in conformity with those laws. The failure of a director, officer or employee to strictly adhere to the letter and the spirit of the law could result in both personal and corporate criminal liability.
Reporting and Accountability
Each director, officer and employee is personally accountable for his or her adherence to is Code. Any violation of the Code must be promptly reported to the Audit Committee. The chairman of the Audit Committee may be reached as follows:
Audit Committee Chairperson
c/o Pure Cycle Corporation
8451 Delaware Street
Thornton, Colorado 80260
Upon receiving a report alleging a violation of the Code, the Audit Committee, or its designee, shall investigate the alleged violation of this Code. In the event the Audit Committee determines that a violation has occurred, the Audit Committee shall make a recommendation to the board of directors of the action to be taken. The board of directors shall make the final determination of the action to be taken, provided that any board member alleged of violating this Code shall not be entitled to vote on such action. Such action may include, if appropriate, termination of employment and reporting of violations to applicable government authorities.
Any waiver of this Code for executive officer or directors may be made only by the board of directors. Such waivers must be disclosed to stockholders to the extent required by applicable law.