CENTERS OF AMERICA, INC.
CODE OF BUSINESS CONDUCT AND ETHICS
This Code of Business Conduct and Ethics sets out basic principles and standards of conduct to guide all employees, officers and directors of Orthodontic Centers of America, Inc. and its subsidiaries (the “Company”). All of our employees, officers and directors must conduct themselves in accordance with these principles and standards.
Claims of violations of this Code will be investigated by appropriate personnel or Company representatives. Those who violate the standards in this Code may be subject to disciplinary action, including dismissal. If you are in a situation which you believe may violate or lead to a violation of this Code, you should consult your supervisor or manager or the Chief Financial Officer of the Company.
1. Directors, Officers and
Employees Should Act With Honest and Ethical Conduct.
The Company’s directors, officers and employees should act ethically and in good faith, with honesty and integrity, when acting on behalf of the Company or in connection with the Company’s business or operations.
2. Directors, Officers and
Employees Must Comply with Laws, Rules and Regulations.
All employees, officers and directors of the Company must respect and obey the laws of the jurisdictions in which we operate. The Company has an Insider Trading Policy that addresses federal securities laws and trading in the Company’s securities which you should review and which is available from the Chief Financial Officer’s office. Any employee, officer or director who is unsure about any aspect of these laws should seek advice from officers, supervisors, managers or other appropriate personnel.
3. Public Disclosure
Should Be Full, Fair, Accurate, Timely and Understandable.
Employees, officers and directors who are involved in the preparation of reports and documents that the Company files with or submits to the Securities and Exchange Commission or that are otherwise public communications have a responsibility to promote full, fair, accurate, timely and understandable disclosure in such reports, documents and communications.
4. Directors, Officers and
Employees Must Avoid Conflicts of Interest.
Directors, officers and employees must avoid conflicts of interest involving the Company or its business. A “conflict of interest” occurs when an individual’s private interest interferes in any way, or even appears to interfere, with the interests of the Company as a whole. A conflict situation can arise when an employee, officer or director takes actions or has interests that may make it difficult to perform his or her work for the Company objectively and effectively. Conflicts of interest also arise when an employee, officer or director, or a member of his or her family, receives improper personal benefits as a result of his or her position in or with the Company. Loans to, or guarantees of obligations of, such persons are of special concern, and must comply with all laws and may be subject to approval by the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors. Any employee, officer or director who becomes aware of a conflict or potential conflict of interest or any material transaction or relationship that reasonably could be expected to give rise to a conflict of interest should bring it to the attention of the Chief Financial Officer. Conflicts of interest may not always be clear, so if you have a question, you should consult with the Chief Financial Officer of the Company or other personnel or legal counsel designated by the Company from time to time.
5. Confidentiality of
Company Information Must Be Maintained.
Employees, officers and directors of the Company must maintain the confidentiality of information entrusted or made available to them by the Company or the Company’s affiliated practices, except when disclosure is authorized by the Company or legally mandated, and must not use that information for personal advantage. Confidential information includes all financial, patient and other records and non-public information that, if disclosed, might be of use to competitors, or harmful to the Company or its affiliated practices.
6. Directors, Officers and
Employees Are Prohibited From Taking the Company’s Corporate Opportunities.
Employees, officers and directors of the Company are prohibited from (a) taking for themselves opportunities that are discovered through the use of the Company’s property, information or position, without the consent of a majority of the disinterested members of the Board of Directors, (b) using the Company’s property, information or position for improper personal gain or (c) competing with the Company directly or indirectly. Employees, officers and directors owe a duty to the Company to advance its legitimate interests when the opportunity to do so arises.
7. Fair Dealing In All
Activities Is Expected.
Each employee, officer and director should endeavor to deal fairly with the Company’s affiliated practices, suppliers, competitors and employees. An employee, officer or director should not take unfair advantage of anyone through manipulation, concealment, abuse of privileged information, misrepresentation of material facts or any other unfair-dealing practice in connection with the Company’s business.
8. Directors, Officers and
Employees Should Protect and Properly Use the Company’s Assets.
All employees, officers and directors should protect the Company’s assets and ensure their efficient use. Theft, carelessness and waste have a direct impact on the Company’s profitability. All Company assets should be used for legitimate business purposes. Company equipment should not be used for non-Company business, although incidental personal use may be permitted in some circumstances.
9. Waivers of this Code
Must Be Approved and Disclosed.
Any waiver of this Code for executive officers or directors of the Company may be made only by the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of the Board of Directors and will be promptly disclosed as required by law or New York Stock Exchange rules.
10. Directors, Officers and
Employees Are Encouraged to Report Illegal or Unethical Behavior or Violations
of this Code.
We must all work to ensure prompt and consistent action against violations of this Code. Employees are encouraged to contact the Company’s Chief Financial Officer or to talk to supervisors, managers or other appropriate personnel about observed illegal or unethical behavior or violations of this Code and when in doubt about the best course of action in a particular situation. Any claim of a possible violation may be made anonymously if the claimant so desires, and all claimants shall be provided confidentiality in the handling of the potential violation. Employees, officers and directors are expected to cooperate in internal investigations of misconduct.
11. The Chief Financial
Officer Will Administer this Code.
This Code shall be administered by the Company’s Chief Financial Officer, who shall act as the Corporate Compliance Officer of the Company. Company employees are encouraged to seek guidance regarding the application or interpretation of this Code from the Chief Financial Officer and are expected to cooperate fully in any investigation of any potential violation of this Code.