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Manual on Corporate Governance

The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC” or “Commission”) has been instituting structural reforms and has begun to develop a comprehensive strategy to raise the standards of corporate governance, with the purpose of building investor confidence, developing capital market, and helping achieve high sustained growth for the corporate sector and the economy.

In 2016, the SEC issued Memorandum Circular No. 19 on Code of Corporate Governance for Publicly-Listed Companies. In compliance with the Memorandum Circular, GT Capital adopted a Manual on Corporation Governance as a single point of reference of the processes within the Corporation and the guiding principles to be followed in carrying out its business.

The Manual contains, among others, the duties and responsibilities of the Board of Directors and key officers, the charters and functions of Board Committees, investors' rights and protection, and penalties for non-compliance.  

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Code of Ethics

GT Capital’s Code of Ethics guides its directors,officers, and employees in the conduct of business according to the highest ethical standards, anchored on its corporate core values of integrity, excellence, respect, entrepreneurial spirit, and commitment to value creation.

The Code of Ethics is implemented through the Manual, Whistleblowing Policy, Code of Discipline of Employees, and the Policies and Procedures Manual of each department. These documents have been distributed to and are readily available for access of all directors, officers, and employees through the website, and by request from the Legal and Compliance Department, or the Human Resources (“HR”) and Administration Department. They are also reviewed on an annual basis in the context of evolving best practices and changing regulations.

GT Capital’s HR and Administration Department, in coordination with the relevant heads of other departments, monitors and ensures compliance with the aforementioned policies and if necessary, imposes the appropriate disciplinary action. In addition, each department is audited by GT Capital’s Internal Audit Department to verify observance of the relevant policies.

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Code of Discipline and Anti-corruption Programs

The Code of Discipline ensures that employees of GT Capital conduct its business affairs with honesty and integrity by setting forth rules and regulations that promote the general principles in GT Capital’s Code of Ethics. This creates a more meaningful integration of the principles of professionalism, high ethical standards, discipline, integrity, and honesty in its corporate culture. For instance, bribery and offering or accepting anything of value for personal gain in the conduct of official business is considered a serious offense with a penalty of dismissal under the Code of Discipline.

The Code of Discipline has been distributed to all employees of GT Capital. The HR and Administration Department is responsible for monitoring and implementing the Code of Discipline. There have been no major violations since its adoption in 2013.

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Whistleblowing Policy

GT Capital’s Whistleblowing Policy ensures that it maintains the highest standards of transparency, probity, and accountability; as well as its policy against illegal and fraudulent practices, and unethical conduct by members of the Board, officers, and employees.

The Whistleblowing Policy clearly defines who qualifies as a whistleblower; outlines a procedure for reporting in good faith acts and omissions that violate any law, rule or regulation or that constitute unethical conduct or fraudulent accounting, among others; and provides protection for the whistleblower through provisions on confidentiality and non-retaliation. The Whistleblowing Policy is accessible through the GT Capital website, and is also attached to GT Capital’s Manual.

Reports by stakeholders, including employees, may be submitted by e-mail to governance@gtcapital.com.ph or directly in writing to the Chief Audit Executive (“CAE”). The CAE may then investigate the report, appoint an investigating officer, create a Special Task Force (internal or outsourced) to investigate the matter independently, or elevate the report to the Discipline, Ethics, and Values Committee composed of the CAE and the respective heads of the HR and Administration Department and Legal and Compliance Department. Investigations shall be completed within sixty (60) calendar days from receipt of the report by the CAE.

The anonymity of the whistleblower is protected, and his identity shall not be revealed without his explicit consent while the investigation is ongoing. Retaliation against an employee whistleblower through punitive transfers, harassment, reduced duties or hours, withholding of professional promotion or training, or other reprisal tactics is prohibited, and disciplinary action may be commenced against an officer or employee who has engaged in retaliatory conduct in violation of the Whistleblowing Policy.

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Policy on Conflicts of Interest

Under GT Capital’s Manual, directors are prohibited from using their position to profit or gain benefits or advantages for themselves or their related interests, and are obliged to avoid situations which may compromise their impartiality. If an actual or potential conflict of interest arises, the conflicted director is required to fully and immediately disclose such conflict of interest and abstain from participating in the Board discussion of that item on the agenda.

 

Insider Trading Policy

Directors, principal officers, and employees are duty bound to keep secure and confidential all non-public information which they may acquire or learn by reason of their position and are prohibited from dealing in GT Capital shares from the time they receive or become aware of material non-public information and for up to two full trading days after its disclosure to the investing public (the “Blackout Period”). A director convicted of insider trading shall be removed from his position while officers and employees shall be subject to dismissal.

Outside the Blackout Period, in compliance with PSE’s Revised Disclosure Rules and the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Securities Regulation Code, GT Capital requires its directors, principal officers, and its principal stockholder, Grand Titan Capital Holdings, Inc., to report any acquisition or disposal of GT Capital shares on the same day as the transaction. The appropriate disclosures are submitted to the PSE and SEC (through SEC Form 23-B) before the relevant information is posted on GT Capital’s website.

In 2016, GT Capital submitted details on all transactions made by insiders and has not been penalized for any violation of applicable laws, rules, and regulations in relation to insider trading.

 

Procurement Policies

GT Capital implements policies and procedures to prevent risk exposure related to unreasonable spending. The Corporation has a list of accredited suppliers for office supplies and equipment which were screened to provide competitive prices. Contracts for availment of crucial services are reviewed and approved by the Bids and Awards Committee or the Executive Committee in case of extraordinary service engagements.

 

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Related Party Transactions Policy

GT Capital’s Related Party Transactions Policy (“RPT Policy”) is found in the Corporate Governance and Related Party Transactions (“CGRPT”) Committee Charter. The RPT Policy defines a Related Party and provides that the CGRPT Committee shall pass upon and provide clearance for transactions with Related Parties, provided the transaction reaches the threshold provided in the RPT Policy. The RPT Policy also prohibits loans or assistance to a Related Party, except when certain conditions are present.

 

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Material Related Party Transactions Policy

This Material Related Party Transactions Policy complements and strengthens GT Capital’s existing RPT Policy and aims to prevent or mitigate abusive transactions with Related Parties and avoid risks of conflict of interest, in accordance with the regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), including SEC Memorandum Circular No. 10 Series of 2019 (re: Rules on Material Related Party Transactions for Publicly-Listed Companies), and other regulatory bodies.

This Material RPT Policy covers all transactions between GT Capital and its Related Parties meeting the Materiality Threshold, which is ten percent (10%) or higher of GT Capital’s total consolidated assets based on its latest audited financial statements.

 

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Policy and Data Relating to Health, Safety and Welfare of Employees, including company sponsored trainings

 

Policies and Practices on Health, Safety, and Welfare of Employees

To promote good health of its employees, GT Capital provides non-contributory medical and dental coverage for all its employees and eligible dependents, which includes comprehensive in-patient and out-patient hospitalization benefits. First-aid and over-the-counter medicines are available when needed.

Other benefits for regular employees include allowances, leave benefits, bonuses, emergency loans, car plan, housing assistance, retirement benefits, burial assistance, and group life insurance.

Further, in compliance with General Labor Standards and Occupational Safety and Health Standards, GT Capital has incorporated in its Employee Handbook the following policies and programs for the benefit of its employees:

1.  Drug-free Workplace Policy & Program; 

2.  Hepatitis B Workplace Policy & Program;

3.  HIV AIDS Workplace Policy & Program; and

4.  TB Workplace Policy & Programs.

To date, GT Capital continues to fully comply with the labor standards and occupational safety and health standards required by law. It also promotes health, safety and welfare of employees with activities such as annual medical and dental check-ups, as well as safety, fire and earthquake drills.

The annual safety, fire and earthquake drills as well as sminars on emergency response are conducted in coordination with the Makati Fire Station and the GT Tower building administration to better equip employees with basic and necessary skills in case of emergencies. Emergency grab bags have also been distributed to each employee.

Employees participated in the following activities in the year 2018: 

Activity

Dependents

  Annual Executive Check-up

2

  Annual Check-up

22

  Dental Check-up

4

  Safety, fire, and earthquake drill

29

  Emergency grab bags

36

  Human Capital Development Initiatives

24 (average)

  2018 PSE Bull run

10

Flu Vaccination

5


Training and Developmental Programs for Employees

Recognizing the need for continuing education and development of its employees, GT Capital’s HR and Administration Department identifies programs and allocates a budget that allows employees to acquire and enhance technical and behavioral competencies. Both employees and Senior Management are likewise encouraged to attend programs which address any competency gaps and which expose them to the latest concepts, information and techniques in their respective fields as well as to further build their competencies in preparation for higher responsibilities in the future. These training and development programs supplement the mentoring provided by each Department Head and the President to the officers of GT Capital.

In 2018, the following training programs were attended by GT Capital’s Senior Management and other employees:

Senior Management Training

 

Name of employee

Date

Program

Francisco H. Suarez, Jr.

January 10-12, 2018

DBS Vickers/FirstMetroSec Pulse of Asia Conference in Singapore

 

January 22-23, 2018

JP Morgan Philippines Conference

 

February 28, 2018 to March 1, 2018

UBS Conference

 

May 18, 2018

BusinessWorld Economic Forum 2018: Disruptor or Disrupred?

 

July 25, 2018

Advanced Corporate Governance Training Program

 

August 27-29, 2018

Macquarie Capital Securities Philippines ASEAN Conference-Singapore

 

August 30-31, 2018

UBS Securities Philippines Roadshow  in Hong Kong

 

October 3-4, 2018

Deutche Bank dbAccess Philippines Conference 2018

Jose B. Crisol, Jr.

January 10-12, 2018

DBS Vickers/FirstMetroSec Pulse of Asia Conference in Singapore

 

January 22-23, 2018

JP Morgan Philippines Conference

 

February 28, 2018 to March 1, 2018

UBS Philippines CEO/CFO Forum Conference

 

May 18, 2018

BusinessWorld Economic Forum 2018: Disruptor or Disrupred?

 

July 19-21, 2018

First International Mentoring Conference

 

July 25, 2018

Advanced Corporate Governance Training Program

 

August 27-29, 2018

Macquarie Capital Securities Philippines ASEAN Conference-Singapore

 

October 3-4, 2018

Deutche Bank dbAccess Philippines Conference 2018

 

December 11, 2018

Human Rights Seminar

Winston Andrew L. Peckson

May 18, 2018

BusinessWorld Economic Forum 2018: Disruptor or Disrupred?

 

June 5, 2018

Distinguished Corporate Governance

 

July 25, 2018

Advanced Corporate Governance Training Program

 Reyna Rose P. Manon-Og

January 25, 2018

Regulators Forum 2018

 

May 18, 2018

BusinessWorld Economic Forum 2018: Disruptor or Disrupred?

 

July 25, 2018

Advanced Corporate Governance Training Program

 

December 7, 2018

Executive Presence and Leadership Branding Seminar

 

2017-2018

UA&P Strategic Business Economic Program

 Susan E. Cornelio

April 11-12, 2018

Career Advancement Planning Advancement

 

 

May 18, 2018

BusinessWorld Economic Forum 2018: Disruptor or Disrupred?

 

May 23, 2018

Asia HR Summit 2018

 

June 19-20, 2018

1st HR Compliance and Conference

 

July 19-21, 2018

First International Mentoring Conference

 

July 25, 2018

Advanced Corporate Governance Training Program

 

September 11, 2018

Distiguished Corporate Governance Speaker Series

 

December 7, 2018

Executive Presence and Leadership Branding Seminar

 

December 11, 2018

Human Rights Seminar

Elsie D. Paras

May 18, 2018

BusinessWorld Economic Forum 2018: Disruptor or Disrupred?

 

July 25, 2018

Advanced Corporate Governance Training Program

 

December 7, 2018

Executive Presence and Leadership Branding Seminar

 

December 11, 2018

Human Rights Seminar

Leo Paul C. Maagma

May 18, 2018

BusinessWorld Economic Forum 2018: Disruptor or Disrupred?

 

July 25, 2018

Advanced Corporate Governance Training Program

 

December 7, 2018

Executive Presence and Leadership Branding Seminar

 

December 11, 2018

Human Rights Seminar

Renee Lynn Miciano-Atienza

March 12, 2018

Cryptocurrency "The Truth and the Myths"

 

July 18, 2018

ASEAN Corporate Governance Scorecard Version 2 Workshop

 

Juyl 25, 2018

Advanced Corporate Governance Training Program

 

September 26, 2018

Understanding Federalism and its Implications

 

2018-2019

UA&P Strategic Business Economic Program

Farrah Lyra Q. De Ala

January 25, 2018

Regulators Forum 2018

 

August 14, 2018

Retirement Plans PAS 19R

 

August 28, 2018

Strengthening Internal Control

 

August 31, 2018

Ethical Decision Making

 

September 28, 2018

People Management

 

December 7, 2018

Executive Presence and Leadership Branding Seminar

 

December 11, 2018

Human Rights Seminar

Employee Training

GT Capital employees are encouraged to improve and expand their knowledge base by participating in training programs relevant to their fields of expertise. In 2018, GT Capital employees attended the following training programs:

 

PROGRAM

Transition to Management

Profesional Presence and Excellence

Business Valuation Seminar

2018 Midyear Economic Briefing

Distinguished Corporate Governance

5th SEC-PSE Corporate Governance Forum

Best Practices in Corporate Housekeeping

ASEAN Corporate Governance Scorecard Version 2 Workshop

Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) 7th Lecture Series

Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) 14th Lecture Series

Understanding Federalism and its Implications

Effective Communications and Human Relations

Chartered Financial Analyst Review Class

Regulators Forum 2018

Effective and Assertive Workshop Communication

Time Management

Master of Business Administration (MBA) Program

Retirement Plans PAS 19R

PFRS 9, 15 and 16

Business Taxation; VAT and Percentage Taxes

Mastering Withholding Tax

CISCO 2

Safe-T Cyber Security Round Table
Data Management Compliance and Cybersecurity
1st HR Complaince and Conference
How to Optimize Talent Data for the Business
CISCO 3
7 habits of Highly Effective People
Executive Presence and Leadership Branding Seminar
Human Rights Seminar
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