The past decade has seen several exciting changes in India’s economic thinking. The liberalized business and legal environment, privatization of the public sector, the globalization of the economy and the resulting freedom and challenges have resulted in a dramatic growth in business and business opportunities, and in the way business is conducted. In this environment, it is imperative to maintain the highest standards of corporate conduct and business principles; we should be concerned not just with maximizing profits and shareholder value, but be equally conscious of responsibilities to each of the stakeholders – employees, business associates and partners, financiers, society and the state.

In its pursuit towards this goal, we, at Vyapar Industries Limited (VIL), have always laid emphasis on practices that reaffirm the fundamentals of effective governance; practices that maintain a balance between individual aspirations and corporate goals; practices that underline our core values; and, above all, practices that would result in delivering excellent products and services whilst, at the same time, striving to make the world a better place.

VIL recognizes that there are many aspects of corporate governance, each as important as the other. Ensuring an adequate return to shareholders is one of them. Being transparent in the conduct of business affairs and maintaining the trust and confidence of stakeholders is another facet of corporate governance. Corporate governance is also concerned with the empowerment of employees and the ethics, values and morals of a Company and its employees.

Developing capabilities, identifying opportunities and integrating Corporate Social Responsibility with operations is yet another area that adds to value creation…….. the list could go on. It is for us to ensure that all these are carefully woven together to produce a tapestry of myriad hues that symbolizes strong business relationships, shareholder trust, employee loyalty, respect in the community and excellence in all that we do.

This document is a reminder to each of us of the underlying principles governing the conduct of our businesses. These are, in a manner of speaking, a reaffirmation of the same principles upon which the Rassai group of companies built the edifice that we are all so proud of. It must, however, be borne in mind that this can neither be considered a panacea for all situations, nor an answer to every question.

We believe that adherence to this Code will be yet another journey of a thousand miles that has begun with this one step.