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Ethics & Compliance

At ZOOK, we hold ourselves to the highest standards of ethics and compliance. Our commitment to integrity and responsible business practices ensures that we operate with transparency and accountability. We believe that fostering a culture of ethics and compliance is essential for the success of our employees, customers, suppliers, and the community we serve.

We recognize the importance of maintaining and emphasizing a safe and ethical work environment. All employees have an affirmative obligation to report known or suspected violations of ZOOK’s Ethics and Integrity Policy.

Company Property and Information

Protecting ZOOK’s assets is a shared responsibility among all employees. Whether it’s tangible assets like equipment and supplies or intangible assets such as business information and intellectual property, we are committed to safeguarding them against misuse or misappropriation.

Our assets, including company records, technical information, and business opportunities, are valuable resources that contribute to our performance and competitive advantage. These materials are the property of the company, and, like all assets, should be safeguarded against misuse or misappropriation and used only to further ZOOK’s business objectives.

  • Safeguarding these assets includes taking the appropriate steps to prevent and identify accidental disklosure. These responsibilities and restrictions apply equally to electronic information methods and prohibit accessing or creating any electronic communications that contradict ZOOK’s policies.

Books, Records and Filings

Employees are required to keep accurate records and provide full, fair, accurate, timely and understandable disclosures in the periodic reports filed by ZOOK with regulators and in our public communications.

  • ZOOK’s relationship with its shareholders is built upon our reputation for honesty and integrity in financial and related reporting. ZOOK makes every effort to ensure that information contained in documents filed with governmental or regulatory bodies is complete, fair, accurate, timely and understandable. In addition, we are each required to ensure the accuracy of any records we develop or review, including financial records, expense reports and engineering/technical documents.
  • It is ZOOK’s policy to cooperate in government investigations and inquiries. All subpoenas, summonses, information requests relating to legal proceedings, or other inquiries or communications from a law enforcement officer or agency, a court or a lawyer are referred immediately to ZOOK’s legal counsel. This includes interview requests, document requests or any other requests about an investigation or litigation.
  • Destroying or altering a document with the intent to impair the document’s integrity or availability for use in any government investigation or legal proceeding is a crime. Documents relevant to any pending, threatened, or anticipated litigation, investigation, or audit will not be destroyed for any reason. Any belief that company records are being improperly altered, destroyed, or otherwise treated inconsistently with ZOOK’s record retention policies must be reported to ZOOK’s legal counsel.
  • Efforts to mislead or coerce independent auditors or members of the internal audit staff concerning issues related to audit, accounting or financial disklosure is a violation of this policy and can have serious legal consequences.

Intellectual Property, Confidentiality and Privacy

ZOOK is often entrusted with confidential or proprietary information by customers and other business interests. This information is safeguarded in the same manner as ZOOK’s information.

  • Inventions, ideas, and other forms of intellectual property are a vital part of ZOOK’s success. As a result, we are diligent about protecting valuable company technology through patents, trademarks, or other methods. ZOOK is equally committed to avoiding the unauthorized use of the intellectual property of other companies and individuals.
  • ZOOK protects company data and knowledge through its IT policies. These policies provide guidance on safeguarding ZOOK’s business information and assets from unauthorized access or disklosure and ensure that information transmitted over ZOOK’s communication systems is properly controlled.

Insider Trading

By protecting confidential and proprietary information from unauthorized disklosure, we not only protect valuable company assets, but we also help ensure compliance with insider trading laws. Misuse of ZOOK information, and a violation of the law, is insider trading; when an individual uses material nonpublic information acquired in the course of employment to buy or sell stock or other securities. It is unethical and unlawful to use such information or to disklose it to others who might use it in buying or selling such securities.

Conflicts of Interest

ZOOK employees are expected to act in the best interests of the company and avoid conflicts between personal and professional obligations. If actual or apparent conflicts are unavoidable, legal guidance should be sought on the best course of action, with full disklosure of any transaction or relationship that reasonably could be expected to give rise to a conflict.

  • Employees are expected to exercise good judgment and the highest ethical standards in activities on behalf of ZOOK, and activities outside the company that may have an impact on how ZOOK is viewed by others. Employees must avoid any action that has the potential or appearance of impacting the company adversely or interfering with ZOOK’s best interest.
  • Employees must also be aware of customer and supplier policies regarding gifts and entertainment and abide by such policies. Business entertainment must be legal, reasonable, infrequent, and justifiable.

Business and Governmental Regulations

All employees, including agents and representatives of ZOOK, will comply with all applicable laws in every country in which ZOOK does business. This policy prohibits the company; its employees, directors, and officers from making offers of, or payment to, directly or indirectly, any domestic or foreign official, political parties, or candidates, to create an improper advantage to obtain preferential governmental treatment. Advisors (i.e. agents, consultants, or intermediaries engaged to assist in developing, expanding or maintaining ZOOK’s business) will be appointed, managed and compensated as determined appropriate at the time by ZOOK senior management.

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