Code of Ethics for Employees
Golden State Farm Credit, ACA (Association) and its officers, and employees are committed to conduct business in accordance with the highest ethical standards as set forth in the Standards of Conduct Policy for Association Employees (Policy), which is applicable to the officers, and employees relating to ethical conduct, conflicts of interest, and compliance with the law.
This Code of Ethics applies to all employees. The Association is responsible for the preparation and distribution of its financial statements and related disclosures and for providing relevant information that is true, accurate, and complete to CoBank, ACB (CoBank) and Federal Farm Credit Banks Funding Corporation (Funding Corporation) for use in preparing the Farm Credit System financial statements and related disclosures. The Association expects all of its employees to act in accordance with the highest standards of personal and professional integrity in all aspects of their activities, to comply with all applicable laws, rules and regulations, to deter wrongdoing, and abide by its Policy and other policies and procedures adopted by the Association that govern the conduct of its employees. This Code of Ethics is intended to supplement the Policy.
In agreeing to this Code of Ethics, each employee pledges and agrees to:
- Engage in and promote honest and ethical conduct, including the ethical handling of actual or apparent conflicts of interest between personal and professional relationships.
- Avoid conflicts of interest and disclose to the Association Standards of Conduct Official or CEO or Association Audit Committee any material transaction or relationship that you have that reasonably could be expected to give rise to a conflict, or the appearance of a conflict of interest.
- Take all reasonable measures to protect the confidentiality of non-public information about the Association and its customers obtained or created in connection with its activities and to prevent the unauthorized disclosure of this information unless required by applicable law or regulation or legal or regulatory process.
- Produce full, fair, accurate, timely and understandable disclosure in Association financial statements and related financial reports or communications, as well as Association reports and documents filed with, or submitted to CoBank, the Funding Corporation and/or the Farm Credit Administration.
- Comply with applicable governmental laws, rules and regulations, as well as the rules and regulations of self-regulatory agreements to which the Association is a party.
- Promptly report any possible conflicts of interest or other possible violation of this Code of Ethics by you or by any other employee, officer, or director to the Association Standards of Conduct Official or Association Audit Committee. If this violation is potentially material to the System financial statements, the individual contacted will notify the CoBank General Counsel or Chief Executive Officer or the CoBank Audit Committee.
Reporting a possible violation to the Association Standards of Conduct Official or Association Audit Committee in connection with this Code of Ethics may be accomplished through the Association Whistleblower Program, which ensures the employee may remain anonymous.
In agreeing to this Code of Ethics, employees understand they are prohibited from directly or indirectly taking any action to fraudulently influence, coerce, manipulate or mislead the Association’s independent public accountant for the purpose of rendering the financial statements of the Association misleading. Further, their actions at all times shall be constructive to the process of generating timely and accurate financial reporting. In addition, employees understand that they will be held accountable for adherence to this Code of Ethics and that their failure to observe the terms of this Code of Ethics or the Policy may result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment. A violation of the Association’s Code of Ethics or the Policy may also constitute a violation of law and may result in civil and criminal penalties for employees, their supervisors, or the Association.
For your information, all possible violations reported will be investigated. Any actual violation of this Code of Ethics will be reported to the Association Board of Directors, along with the corrective action plan with respect to the actual violation.
If you have any questions regarding the best course of action in a particular situation, the Association Standards of Conduct Official or CEO should be promptly contacted.
The Code of Ethics is signed electronically by all employees as part of Golden State Farm Credit Service’s Annual Disclosure process.