This excerpt taken from the SYX 8-K filed Apr 5, 2005.
Export Control Laws and Regulations
It is the Company's policy to comply with the export control laws and regulations of all countries in which the Company does business. Compliance with these laws and regulations may result in some loss of business opportunities but a failure to comply may result in fines and penalties and loss of exporting privileges. U.S. customs law prohibits the shipment of goods to certain countries as well as to certain designated individuals and entities while shipment (including re-export) to some other countries, persons, and/or entities requires U.S. Government license application and approval. Consult these websites for further information. (www.treas.gov/ofac/index.html; www.bxa.doc.gov; www.pmdtc.org).
10. Maintenance of Accurate and Complete Books and Records
Every Company Representative has an obligation to maintain accurate and complete books and records. No false or misleading entries may be made on the Company's books and records and no documents shall be signed without proper authorization. No funds or assets may be used or maintained by the Company for any illegal purpose. All transactions shall be fully and completely documented and recorded in the Company's accounting records. All labor, travel, material and other expenses should be recorded truthfully. A variety of U.S. and foreign laws govern the accurate and complete entry of accounting and financial information. The Company and Company Representatives are to maintain all such financial records in an accurate and complete manner in accordance with such laws.
11. Procedures in the Event of a Legal or Policy Violation or Concern:
Company Representatives must promptly report violations of laws, rules, regulations or the Corporate Ethics Policy to appropriate personnel as indicated below. The Company will not allow retaliation for reports made in good faith.
In addition, all Company Representatives have an obligation to discuss any concern they have with regard to the application of these policies to any conduct in which they participate, are asked to participate, or become aware of. Normally, such concerns should be brought to the attention of the immediate supervisor of the Company Representative. The Company is aware that in certain situations it may be unrealistic to discuss concerns with a supervisor and encourages any Company Representative to contact any of the following in such circumstances (all of whom can be reached the Company's headquarters in Port Washington, New York).
Richard Leeds- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Steven Goldschein- Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Curt Rush- General Counsel
12. Anonymous Complaint Hotline
The Company has implemented an anonymous reporting system to receive and address complaints regarding improper or questionable accounting practices. (Examples of improper accounting practices include improper recording of sales transactions, inventory, accounts receivable, accounts payable or other revenue, expense or asset items.) The Company's Audit Committee of the Board of Directors oversees this process. The Company has set up an anonymous telephone hotline to receive such complaints. In order to maintain complete anonymity for callers, the Company is utilizing the services of an independent company called Ethicspoint to administer the hotline.
The system is easy to use. Simply phone the 24 hour toll-free Hotline Number:
An Ethicspoint compliance specialist will guide you through the questions to complete the report. The reports will be available only to specific individuals in the Company who are charged with evaluating and, when appropriate, investigating the violation. The system is designed so that no report is ever shared with implicated parties.
The Company believes this hotline will be an effective tool in reducing losses from improper accounting, fraud and similar practices and therefore help to protect its financial strength. If you are uncertain if a practice violates Company policy or is illegal, please call the hotline. The Company would rather be informed of a potential problem than let it go unchecked. Should you have any questions regarding the anonymous reporting procedures or the hotline, you may contact Curt Rush, the Company's General Counsel.