Our Code of Conduct
TaurusQuest is committed to upholding the highest standards of conduct. The standards, improved from time to time, apply to TaurusQuest, its directors, officers and employees.
The standards are not exhaustive. The underlying principle of high standards applies to all issues even if they are not covered specifically in the standards. TaurusQuest CEO or directors can be contacted to get answers to any questions relating to these standards.
Directors, Officers and Employees are expected to bring all violations to the attention of any non executive member of the Board of Directors. Please send emails to CEO.
TaurusQuest shall be a good corporate citizen and shall comply with the letter and spirit of all laws governing its operations and conduct its affairs in accordance with the highest moral, professional, legal and ethical standards.
TaurusQuest shall deal with customers, suppliers, government, employees, competitors and community with integrity and in a manner which is fair, honest and ethical. TaurusQuest shall not strive to take unfair advantage through any unfair practice.
Fair behaviour in market place
TaurusQuest strives to be competitive by adding value to its customers. However, TaurusQuest shall at all times respect the law and be fair while being competitive. TaurusQuest shall not indulge in violating laws applicable to competitive behavior. TaurusQuest shall not indulge in securing competitive advantage through illegal or unlawful means. Collection of intelligence about competitors shall be by lawful means only.
TaurusQuest fully respects the intellectual property rights of its customers, suppliers and competitors. TaurusQuest’s behavior in respecting intellectual property rights shall strive to comply with applicable laws fully.
Equal opportunity Employer
TaurusQuest is an equal opportunity employer. TaurusQuest shall not discriminate on the basis of gender, nationality, race, color, religion, marital status or age. TaurusQuest believes diversity of people in the company adds value to the business.
Hiring, promotion and compensation decisions shall be entirely based on fitness for purpose, appropriateness and market conditions.
Health and Safety
TaurusQuest shall strive to provide and maintain a safe and healthy work environment. Compliance with all health and safety related laws and regulations are a minimum commitment.
TaurusQuest expects its directors, officers and employees to be aware of the health and safety policies and practices and help all customers, contractors, and visitors comply with these policies and practices while in TaurusQuest premises or while working on behalf of TaurusQuest.
TaurusQuest directors, officers, employees and contractors designated to work in customer or supplier environments shall comply with the health and safety policies and practices in force in such environments.
All accidents, however minor, are to be reported to HR.
TaurusQuest cherishes the need to keep our environment sustained for the future. TaurusQuest shall comply with all laws and regulations relating to the protection of the Environment. TaurusQuest shall be prompt in responding to any threats to the environment. In protecting the environment TaurusQuest shall co-operate to the maximum with the Community. TaurusQuest shall comply with all record keeping and reporting obligations.
Financial Integrity and Reporting
TaurusQuest shall maintain its accounts and report financial results in a true and fair manner consistent with US GAAP in addition to applicable financial standards.
TaurusQuest shall maintain sufficient business and reporting controls consistent with its size to protect stockholders’ interests.
TaurusQuest will not falsify records or reports.
Improper or Questionable payments
TaurusQuest shall not make improper or questionable payments of company funds to anyone for obtaining or retaining business or securing any improper advantage.
Political and Charitable contributions
TaurusQuest shall not fund or support any specific political party or candidate for political office. TaurusQuest’s assets shall not be used for any political campaigns.
TaurusQuest will not interfere with the employees’ right to have their own views on politics.
Use of TaurusQuest’s name to endorse a charitable organization or event is not permitted without the prior approval of the Board.
TaurusQuest is committed to fairness, honesty and integrity in dealing with the government and regulatory agencies with which we interact.
TaurusQuest and its employees, agents and contractors must cooperate with appropriate government inquiries and investigations. However, it is important to protect the legal rights of TaurusQuest with respect to its confidential information. No financial information may be disclosed without the prior approval of the Chief Financial Officer.
Conflicts of interest
TaurusQuest expects its directors, officers and employees to have no conflict of interest in their dealings on behalf of TaurusQuest, in their dealings in the market place or in their dealings with each other. In the unfortunate event of a conflict of interest arising, directors, officers and employees are expected to disclose such a conflict immediately to the CEO and an independent director.
Conflicts of interest arise, among other instances, when a director, officer or employee
- competes with TaurusQuest’s business while being engaged with TaurusQuest directly or indirectly
- converts TaurusQuest’s business opportunity into a personal opportunity for himself/herself or for relatives
- uses privileged information received in the course of business for personal gain
- uses business assets/property for personal purposes
- uses business hours for unrelated purposes
- receives improper personal benefits due to his/her position in TaurusQuest
- accepts gifts or value from anyone dealing with TaurusQuest or from a competitor
- owns a material interest in any competitor, customer, supplier (<2% shareholding in a public company is not considered material)
- is unable to act in TaurusQuest’s best interest because of conflicts with private interests
All confidential or proprietary information received in the course of business from customers and suppliers are to be treated confidentially and protected against disclosure and improper use.
Every director, officer and employee of TaurusQuest shall enter into a legally enforceable “covenant to not disclose confidential information”. This obligation shall survive the termination of the engagement with TaurusQuest. TaurusQuest shall not forgive willful disclosure of confidential information and shall pursue maximum legal remedy and punishment for willful disclosure.
TaurusQuest shall have in place systems and policies to prevent unauthorized access to premises, systems and data and to prevent unauthorized recording or copying of data. Every director, officer and employee shall respect these policies to the fullest extent in letter and spirit.
Information already available in public domain or known prior to disclosure by customer is not considered confidential or proprietary. Disclosure under compulsion from law is not a violation of this covenant.
Sexual harassment includes deliberate or repeated unsolicited verbal comments, gestures or physical contact of a sexual nature including unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical contact of a sexual nature where submission to such conduct is expected explicitly or implicitly to influence hiring, promotion, compensation or other employment decisions or the creation of a non hostile work environment.
Every director, officer, employee shall ensure such conduct is avoided.
All complaints shall be handled in a timely, confidential and independent manner.
Use of business assets
Every director, officer, employee shall safeguard and protect all assets, including intangible assets, of TaurusQuest in their individual or collective custody. Such assets shall not be used for any unrelated purposes or any personal benefits/purposes.
Funds taken from TaurusQuest shall be properly accounted for. Personal expenses or payments shall not be claimed as or treated as business expenses.
TaurusQuest technology assets are to be used exclusively for the purposes of TaurusQuest’s business.
Unauthorized access, use or extraction of data is prohibited. Access to the internet is restricted to business purposes. All inward/outward communication through business assets, all data held in business assets are exclusively the property of TaurusQuest and are subject to being monitored for appropriateness.
TaurusQuest prohibits the use of unauthorized or pirated software. All software installed on business assets should be legally usable by TaurusQuest. Unauthorized installation of software is prohibited.
TaurusQuest expects its directors, officers and employees to help develop and protect its intellectual property. All work/products created by directors, officers or employees while in employment are the exclusive property of TaurusQuest.
Personal relationships and activities
TaurusQuest cherishes professionalism and objectivity. Employees are discouraged from having personal relationship (other than simple friendship) with anyone who is:
- employed by TaurusQuest and reporting to them
- dealing with TaurusQuest as a customer or supplier through them
TaurusQuest employees, while free to pursue their views as citizens, are expected to not bring harm to the reputation or image of TaurusQuest or its customers through their external activities (including activities in social media visible to public, blogs and media interviews) TaurusQuest reserves the right to determine whether any act is likely to harm its reputation or image.
Internet, email and voice communication
TaurusQuest employees must exercise good judgment and act in a professional manner in communicating with outsiders on behalf of TaurusQuest or its customers (through letters, telephone conversations, voice mails, emails, chats, postings etc...) or when communicating using a legitimately provided address of TaurusQuest or its customers or the premises/technology assets of TaurusQuest or its customers.
All communication from TaurusQuest’s premises/assets or on behalf of TaurusQuest or its customers is considered the property of TaurusQuest.
Drug and Alcohol abuse
Substance abuse, including manufacture, sale or use of controlled substances in TaurusQuest’s premises or while on TaurusQuest’s business is prohibited.
Exclusivity of employment
Employment as an, officer or employee with TaurusQuest is full time. Acceptance of other employments while with TaurusQuest is prohibited unless waived in writing beforehand.
Transactions with Related Parties
Dealing with relatives or self on behalf of TaurusQuest is prohibited.
Relatives include spouse, siblings, children, parents, grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, step relationships, and in-laws.
If such a deal is unavoidable, in each such instance, prior written approval must be taken from the Board of Directors and the CFO.