Vedanta Limited, our listed parent company, believes that high standards of corporate governance are crucial to ensuring business success. As a unit of the Vedanta group, Zinc International adheres to the same strict code of conduct (the Code) and rules of corporate governance.
“The Company's reputation is its most valuable asset,” says Anil Agarwal, Chairman of Vedanta. “How we conduct ourselves day to day with each other, our customers, our shareholders, our competitors, our neighbouring communities and our suppliers forms the basis of our reputation as an ethical group. Uncompromising business ethics are an integral part of our values and of our way of doing business. We should be honest in every situation and ethical in all our business practices.”
Vedanta’s Code of Conduct promotes:
The health and safety of our employees and of any other person who may be affected by the Group’s operations is of paramount importance. We aspire to the realisation of zero harm, and we strive to implement world-class management systems and to engender a strong safety culture across all of our operations.
We will strive, particularly in our use of innovative technologies, to confront the challenges presented by climate change. We will promote, encourage and prioritise reuse and recycling throughout all of our businesses. All employees are encouraged to play an active role in identifying and supporting environmental improvement programmes.
Our Whistleblowing Policy has been adopted to govern the receipt, retention and treatment of complaints as well as to protect confidential and anonymous reporting. These policies and procedures apply to and are available to all employees of the Company, its subsidiaries as well as all external stakeholders.
Employees have the opportunity to submit or report complaints pertaining to any event that could affect the interests of the business.
The Company will protect the confidentiality and anonymity of the complainant to the fullest extent possible with the objective of conducting an adequate review of each particular complaint. External stakeholders have the opportunity to submit complaints. However, the Company is not obliged to keep complaints from non-employees confidential or to maintain the anonymity of non-employees.
Vedanta prohibits retaliation against an employee who, in good faith, seeks help or reports known or suspected violations of the Code. Any reprisal or retaliation against an employee because the employee, acting in good faith, sought help or filed a report will be subject to disciplinary action, including potential termination of employment.
Any employee who violates the Code will be subject to appropriate discipline, which may include termination of employment, based on the facts and circumstances of each situation. Violations are viewed seriously, as unethical conduct by a representative of the Vedanta group could have serious consequences for the individual and the organisation.