STATEMENT OF BUSINESS PRINCIPLES



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STATEMENT OF BUSINESS PRINCIPLES



The following constitutes the Statement of Business Principles of the Company. It affirms the Company’s policy of conducting its operation in accordance with both the law and the highest standards of business ethics.

1. The objective of the Company is to engage efficiently, responsibly and profitably in the oil and gas business, in fulfillment of its responsibilities to its shareholders, its employees, its customers and society as a whole.

2. The Company’s policy is to comply with all applicable laws and regulations. When the application of a law or regulation is uncertain, the guidance and advice of senior management including the General Counsel should be sought.

3. The Company has a right and responsibility to communicate its views to government officials and personnel on matters affecting it or its shareholders, employees and customers or where it has a contribution to make based on particular knowledge. Nevertheless, the Company’s contacts with government officials and personnel must never exert undue influence upon such persons or cast doubt on the Company’s integrity.

The direct or indirect offer, payment, soliciting or acceptance of bribes in any form are unacceptable practices. The Company shall abide by the principles set forth in the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of the United States and other laws or regulations or a similar nature in force in the various jurisdictions in which it and its shareholders do business.

4. The Company’s policy is to be non-partisan. The Company does not support or take position as to political parties or candidates at any level of government. No corporate funds, properties or services shall be used directly or indirectly to influence the nomination or election of any candidate to public office or to support any political party or organization.

5. The Company’s policy is to maintain accurate and reliable corporate records which shall be in accordance with established procedures and the subject to audit. A framework of business controls will be established and maintained to provide reasonable assurance that the Company’s objectives and targets will be set and achieved in a structured manner.

6. The Company insists on honesty and fairness in all aspects of it business and expects the same in the relationships with its contractors and suppliers. The Company requires the undivided commitment of its employees in the exercise of their Company responsibilities. Personal investments, the receipt of gifts or other activities that create a conflict of interest with the Company’s business are prohibited and circumstances which give the appearance of a conflict of interest are to be avoided.

7. The Company’s policy is to place the highest priority on protecting the health and safety of its employees and others and to protect the environment. Policies will be established which address these issues and place them at the forefront of the Company’s commercial activities.

8. The Company seeks to complete fairly and ethically within the framework of applicable competitions laws.

The Company’s senior management has adopted the foregoing Statement of Business Principles to apply to the Company. All employees are expected to adhere to its terms. The Company shall put in place an internal system of letters of representation culminating in a letter from the President (and Chief Financial Officer) to its shareholders which will give reasonable assurances that the proper financial controls, including internal accounting controls, are in operation, that no improper transactions have been make and that the Company’s Business Principles have been complied with.

 

10. What does the term competition mean in business? Explain the meaning of the terms fair and cut-throatcompetition. The following story of the American writer O. Henry will help you to understand the nature of competition better. Read and translate the text and be ready for its discussion from the positions of business and linguistics:

THE ROADS WE TAKE

Twenty miles west of Tucson the "Sunset Express" stopped -at a tank to take on water. Besides the aqueous addition the engine of that famous flyer acquired some other things that were not good for it.

While the fireman was lowering the feeding hose, Bob Tidball, "Shark" Dodson, and a quarter-bred Creek Indian called John Big Dog climbed on the engine and showed the engineer three round orifices in pieces of ordnance that they carried. These orifices so impressed the engineer with their possibilities that he raised both hands in a gesture such as accompanies the ejaculation "Do tell!"

At the crisp command of Shark Dodson, who was leader of the attacking force, the engineer descended to the ground and uncoupled the engine and tender. Then John Big Dog, perched upon the coal, sportively held two guns upon the engine driver and the fireman, and suggested that they run the engine fifty yards away and there await further orders.

Shark Dodson and Bob Tidball, scorning to put such low-grade ore as the passengers through the mill, struck out for the rich pocket of the express car. They found the messenger serene in the belief that the "Sunset Express" was taking on nothing more stimulating and dangerous than aqua pura. While Bob was knocking this idea out of his head with the butt-end of his six-shooter Shark Dodson was already dos­ing the express-car safe with dynamite.

The safe exploded to the tune of $30,000, all gold and currency. The passengers thrust their heads casually out of the windows to look for the thundercloud. The conductor jerked at the bell rope, which sagged down loose and un­resisting, at his tug. Shark Dodson and Bob Tidball, with their booty in a stout canvas bag, tumbled out of the ex­press car and ran awkwardly in their high-heeled boots to the engine.

The engineer, sullenly angry but wise, ran the engine, according to orders, rapidly away from the inert train. But before this was accomplished the express messenger, re­covered from Bob Tidball's persuader to neutrality, jumped out of his car with a Winchester rifle and took a trick in the game. Mr. John Big Dog, sitting on the coal tender, unwittingly made a wrong lead by giving an imitation of a target, and the messenger trumped him. With a ball exactly between his shoulder blades the Creek chevalier of industry rolled off to the ground, thus increas­ing the share of his comrades in the loot by one-sixth each.

Two miles from the tank the engineer was ordered to stop. The robbers waved a defiant adieu and plunged down the steep slope into the thick woods that lined the track. Five minutes of crashing through a thicket of chaparral brought them to open woods, where the three horses were tied to low-hanging branches. One was waiting for John Big Dog, who would never ride by night or day again. This animal the robbers divested of saddle and bridle and set free. They mounted the other two with the bag across one pommel, and rode fast and with discretion through the forest and up a primeval, lonely gorge. Here the animal that bore Bob Tid­ball slipped on a mossy boulder and broke a foreleg. They shot him through the head at once and sat down to hold a council of flight. Made secure for the present by the tortuous trail they had traveled, the question of time was no longer so big. Many miles and hours lay between them and the spryest posse that could follow. Shark Dodson's horse, with trailing rope and dropped bridle, panted and cropped thankfully of the grass along the stream in the gorge. Bob Tid­ball opened the sack, and drew out double handfuls of the neat packages of currency and the one sack of gold and chuckled with the glee of a child.

"Say, you old double-decked pirate," he called joyfully to Dodson, "you said we could do it—you got a head for financing that knocks the horns off of anything in Arizona."

"What are we going to do about a hoss for you, Bob? We ain't got long to wait here. They'll be on our trail before daylight in the mornin'."

"Oh, I guess that cayuse of yourn'll carry double for a while," answered the sanguine Bob. "We'll annex the first animal we come across. By jingoes, we made a haul, didn't we? Accordin' to the marks on this money there's $30,000— $15,000 apiece!"

"It's short of what I expected," said Shark Dodson, kicking softly at the packages with the toe of his boot. And then he looked pensively at the wet sides of his tired horse.

"Old Bolivar's mighty nigh played out," he said, slowly. "I wish that sorrel of yours hadn't got hurt."

"So do I," said Bob, heartily, "but it can't be helped. Bolivar's got plenty of bottom—he'll get us both far enough to get fresh mounts. Dang it, Shark, I can't help thinkin' hew funny it is that an Easterner like you can come out here and give us Western fellows cards and spades in the desperado business. What part of the East was you from, anyway?"

"New York State," said Shark Dodson, sitting down on a boulder and chewing a twig. "I was born on a farm in Ulster County. I ran away from home when I was seven­teen. It was an accident my comin' West. I was walkin' along the road with my clothes in a bundle, makin' for New York City. I had an idea of goin' there and makin' lots of money. I always felt like I could do it. I came to a place one evenin' where the road forked and I didn't know which fork to take. I studied about it for half an hour and then I took the left-hand. That night I run into the camp of a Wild West show that was travelin' among the little towns, and I went West with it. I've often wondered if I wouldn't have turned out different if I'd took the other road."

"Oh, I reckon you'd have ended up about the same," said Bob Tidball, cheerfully philosophical. "It ain't the roads we take; it's what's inside of us that makes us turn out the way we do."

Shark Dodson got up and leaned against a tree.

"I'd a good deal rather that sorrel of yourn hadn't hurt himself, Bob," he said again, almost pathetically.

"Same here," agreed Bob; "he sure was a first-rate kind of a crowbait. But Bolivar, he'll pull us through all right. Reckon we'd better be movin' on, hadn't we, Shark? I'll bag the boodle ag'in and we'll hit the trail for higher timber."

Bob Tidball replaced the spoil in the bag and tied the mouth of it tightly with a cord. When he looked up the most prominent object that he saw was the muzzle of Shark Dod-son's .45 held upon him without a waver.

"Stop your funnin'," said Bob, with a grin. "We got to be hittin' the breeze."

"Sit still," said Shark. "You ain't goin' to hit no breeze, Bob. I hate to tell you, but there ain't any chance for but one of us. Bolivar, he's plenty tired, and he can't carry double."

"We been pards, me and you, Shark Dodson, for three years," Bob said quietly. "We've risked our lives together time and again. I've always given you a square deal, and I thought you was a man. I've heard some queer stories about you shootin' one or two men in a peculiar way, but I never believed 'em. Now if you're just havin' a little fun with me, Shark, put your gun up, and we'll get on Bolivar and va­moose. If you mean to shoot—shoot, you blackhearted son of a tarantula!"

Shark Dodson's face bore a deeply sorrowful look.

"You don't know how bad I feel," he sighed, "about that sorrel of yourn breakin' his leg, Bob."

The expression on Dodson's face changed in an instant to one of cold ferocity mingled with inexorable cupidity. The soul of the man showed itself for a moment like an evil face in the window of a reputable house.

Truly Bob Tidball was never to "hit the breeze" again. The deadly .45 of the false friend cracked and filled the gorge with a roar that the walls hurled back with indignant echoes. And Bolivar, unconscious accomplice, swiftly bore away the last of the holders-up of the "Sunset Express," not put to the stress of "carrying double."

But as Shark Dodson galloped away the woods seemed to fade from his view; the revolver in his right hand turned to the curved arm of a mahogany chair; his saddle was strangely upholstered, and he opened his eyes and saw his feet, not in stirrups, but resting quietly on the edge of a quartered-oak desk.

I am telling you that Dodson, of the firm of Dodson & Decker, Wall Street brokers, opened his eyes. Peabody, the confidential clerk, was standing by his chair, hesitating to speak. There was a confused hum of wheels below, and the sedative buzz of an electric fan.

"Ahem! Peabody," said Dodson, blinking. "I must have fallen asleep. I had a most remarkable dream. What is it, Peabody?"

"Mr. Williams, sir, of Tracy & Williams, is outside. He has come to settle his deal in X.Y.Z. The market caught him short, sir, if you remember."

"Yes, I remember. What is X.Y.Z. quoted at to-day, Pea­body?"

"One eighty-five, sir."

"Then that's his price."

"Excuse me," said Peabody, rather nervously, "for speak­ing of it, but I've been talking to Williams. He's an old friend of yours, Mr. Dodson, and you practically have a corner in X.Y.Z. I thought you might—that is, I thought you might not remember that he sold you the stock at 98. If he settles at the market price it will take every cent he has in the world and his home too to deliver the shares."

The expression on Dodson's face changed in an instant to one of cold ferocity mingled with inexorable cupidity. The soul of the man showed itself for a moment like an evil face in the window of a reputable house.

"He will settle at one eighty-five," said Dodson. "Boli­var cannot carry double."

 

11. The basic text presents a list of challenges that our country must face in order to be competitive in international business. Suppose the president of the Russian Federation gave you the political power to meet these challenges. Describe the steps you think the Russian Federation should take.

12. Read what famous people said about doing business. Discuss the position of the authors. Support your point of view with reasons and examples from your reading, your observations or your own experience. Use the active vocabulary and terminology from the Key Terms Quiz:

· The business of the country is business. - Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933), 30th President of the USA.

· The secret of business is to know something that nobody else knows – Aristotel Onasis (1906-1975), Turkish born shipping magnate.

· To survive, men and business and corporations must serve. - John H. Paterson, American businessman.

· The purpose of business is to create and keep a customer. – Theador Leavit.

· It is not the employer who pays wages – he only handles money. It is the product who pays the wages. – Henry Ford (1863-1947), American Industrialist, founder of Ford Motor Company.

· It’s better to take over and build upon an existing business than to start a new one. – Harold S. Geneen, American accountant, Industrialist.

· Treat employees like partners, and they act like partners. – Fred A. Allen (1894-1957).

· If you can run one business well, you can run any business well. – Richard Branson, American businessman.

· You can’trun a business without taking risks. – Millard Drexler, American business Executive.

 

13. In order to deal the business with your foreign partners you should enter into business communications with them. What is the major leverage within such communication process? What does Business English mean in this connection? Answer this question after reading the following text (you may also look through the materials of Appendix I):

 



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