Code Of Ethics
India Ratings & Research (Ind-Ra) has established and implemented policies, procedures, and internal controls in order to ensure the objectivity and integrity of its ratings. The policies that comprise India Rating's Code of Ethics describe our current policies and procedures germane to our commitment to following the core values that drive the way we conduct our business - objectivity, integrity, and transparency.
The Ind-Ra Code of Conduct, which is a key component of the Code of Ethics, reflects objectives of the IOSCO Code of Conduct Fundamentals for Credit Rating Agencies. The current version of each of the Ind-Ra policies that represent Ind-Ra Code of Ethics is available below.
All market participants and the public are welcome to have a voice regarding Ind-Ra and its policies, including raising questions, concerns, or complaints.
Code Of Ethics
- Code of Conduct
- Conflicts of Interest and Securities Trading Policy
- Confidentiality, Conflicts of Interest and Securities Trading Policy
- File Maintenance and Recordkeeping Policy for Analysts
- File Maintenance and Recordkeeping Policy for the Business and Relationship Management Group
- Firewall Policy
- Policy Regarding Restrictions on Advising Issuers and Others
- Policy for Reviewing Work of an Analyst Who Leaves Ind-Ra to Work for a Rated Entity
- Protocol for Responding to Confidential Tips Regarding Rated Entities
- Policy on Business and Relationship Management
- Procedure for Managing Complaints
- Statement on Definition of Ancillary Business
- Compensation Arrangement with Rated Entities
- Confidentiality Policy
- Gift Policy
- Policy on Outsourcing
- Policy on Disclosure and Managing Conflict of Interest
- Policy on Dealing with Unauthenticated News
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