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Code of Ethics
This Code of Ethics sets forth the guiding principles by which we operate our company and conduct our daily business with our shareholders, customers, vendors and with each other. These principles apply to all of the directors, officers and employees of AMB FINANCIAL CORP. and all of its subsidiaries (referred to in this Code as the "Company" or "AMB").
Complying with Laws, Regulations, Policies and Procedures
All directors, officers and employees of AMB are expected to understand, respect and comply with all of the laws, regulations, policies and procedures that apply to them in their positions with AMB. Employees are responsible for talking with their supervisors to determine which laws, regulations and AMB policies apply to their position and what training is necessary to understand and comply with them.
Directors, officers and employees are directed to make available the applicable Company policies and procedures available to the persons they supervise.
Conflicts of Interest
All directors, officers and employees of AMB should be scrupulous in avoiding any action or interest that conflicts with, or gives the appearance of a conflict with, AMB's interests. A "conflict of interest" exists whenever an individual's private interests interfere or conflict in any way (or even appear to interfere or conflict) with the interests of AMB. 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 AMB objectively and effectively. Conflicts of interest may also arise when a director, officer or employee, or a member of his or her family, receives improper personal benefits as a result of his or her position with AMB, whether from a third party or from AMB. While directors, officers and employees are encouraged to utilize AMB's products and services, this should generally be done on an arm's length basis and in compliance with applicable law.
Conflicts of interest may not always be clear-cut, so if a questions arises, an officer or employee should consult with higher levels of management, the Board of Directors or Company counsel. Any employee, officer or director who becomes aware of a conflict or potential conflict should bring it to the attention of a supervisor, manager or other appropriate personnel.
Directors, officers and employees are prohibited from (a) taking for themselves personally opportunities that properly belong to AMB or are discovered through the use of corporate property, information or position; (b) using corporate property, information or position for personal gain; and (c) competing with the Company. Directors, officers and employees owe a duty to AMB to advance its legitimate interests when the opportunity to do so arises.
Directors, officers and employees must maintain the confidentiality of confidential information entrusted to them by AMB or its suppliers or customers, except when disclosure is specifically authorized by the Board of Directors or required by laws, regulations or legal proceedings. Confidential information includes all non-public information that might be material to investors or of use to competitors of AMB or harmful to AMB or its customers or employees if disclosed. The misappropriation of confidential information owned by the Company for another person's use may be considered theft.
We seek to outperform our competition fairly and honestly. We seek competitive advantages through superior performance, never through unethical or illegal business practices. Stealing proprietary information, possessing or utilizing trade secret information that was obtained without the owner's consent or inducing such disclosures by past or present employees of other companies is prohibited.
Each director, officer and employee is expected to deal fairly with AMB's customers, suppliers, competitors, officers and employees. No one should take unfair advantage of anyone through manipulation, concealment, abuse of privileged information, misrepresentation of material facts or any other unfair dealing.
Protection and Proper Use of AMB Financial Corp. Assets
All directors, officers and employees should protect AMB's assets and ensure their efficient use. All AMB assets should be used only for legitimate business purposes.
Financial Statements and Other Records
All of the Company's books, records, accounts and financial statements must be maintained in reasonable detail, must appropriately reflect the Company's transactions and must conform to both applicable legal requirements and to the Company's system of internal controls. Unrecorded or "off the books" funds or assets should not be maintained unless permitted by applicable law or regulation.
Records should always be retained or destroyed according to the Company's record retention policies. In accordance with those policies, in the event of litigation or governmental investigation, please consult the Board of Directors.
Reporting Illegal or Unethical Behavior
Employees, officers and directors who suspect or know of violations of this Code or illegal or unethical business or workplace conduct by employees, officers or directors have an obligation to contact either their supervisor or superiors. If the individuals to whom such information is conveyed are not responsive, or if there is reason to believe that reporting to such individuals is inappropriate in particular cases, then the employee, officer or director may contact the Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Such communications will be kept confidential to the extent feasible. If the employee is still not satisfied with the response, the employee may contact the Chairman of the Board or any of the Company's outside directors.
AMB's policy is to comply with all applicable financial reporting and accounting regulations. If any director, officer or employee of the Company has unresolved concerns or complaints regarding questionable accounting or auditing matters of the Company, then he or she is encouraged to submit those concerns or complaints (anonymously, confidentially or otherwise) to the Company's audit committee. Subject to its legal duties, the audit committee and the Board will treat such submissions confidentially. Such submissions may be directed to the attention of the Company's audit committee, or any person who is a member of the Company's audit committee.
AMB prohibits retaliation of any kind against individuals who have made good faith reports or complaints of violations of this Code or other known or suspected illegal or unethical conduct.
Amendment, Modification and Waiver
This code may be amended or modified by the Board of Directors of AMB. Waivers of this Code may only be granted by the Board of Directors or a committee of the Board with specific delegated authority. Waivers will be disclosed to shareholders as required by the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the rules thereunder and the applicable rules of the Nasdaq.
Violation of this Code is grounds for disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment. Such action is in addition to any civil or criminal liability which might be imposed by any court or regulatory agency.