Adopted by the Board of Directors of BreitBurn GP, LLC on October 9, 2006
as Amended and Restated on March 28, 2007 and October 28, 2008
No business operation is considered effective or complete without proper attention to safety, health and the environment.
The General Partner believes that its directors, officers and employees are a valuable asset to be treated fairly without discrimination by reason of race, national or ethnic origin, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, physical disability or any other legally protected characteristic.
The Partnership has entered into an Omnibus Agreement with BreitBurn Energy Company L.P. dealing with, among other things, the handling of business opportunities brought to the attention of officers, directors and management of those entities. Actions taken in compliance with that policy shall not be deemed to involve business opportunities involving personal sales or competition with the Partnership in contravention of this Code. Generally, and with respect to any other business opportunities, the following provisions shall apply. Directors, officers and employees shall not (a) take for their own personal gain opportunities that are discovered through the use of Partnership property or information or their position with the General Partner or its affiliates; (b) use Partnership property or information or their position with the General Partner or its affiliates for personal gain; or (c) compete with the Partnership. If a director, officer or employee discovers or is presented with a business opportunity through the use of Partnership property, information or because of his or her position at the General Partner or any of its affiliates, he or she should first present the business opportunity to the General Partner before pursuing the opportunity in an individual capacity. The director, officer or employee should disclose to their supervisor the terms and conditions of each business opportunity covered by this Code that he or she wishes to pursue. The supervisor should contact the appropriate management personnel to determine whether the Partnership wishes to pursue the business opportunity. If the Partnership waives its right to pursue the business opportunity, the director, officer or employee may pursue the business opportunity on the same terms and conditions as originally proposed and consistent with the other ethical guidelines set forth in this Code.
Directors, officers and employees shall not furnish, on behalf of the Partnership, expensive gifts or provide excessive benefits to other persons. Nominal gifts are prohibited in the event such gifts would violate any laws or regulations. At times, the Partnership's suppliers may offer gifts, including entertainment. While gifts of cash are never acceptable, you may accept gifts on behalf of the Partnership that are consistent with customary business practices; are not excessive in value; and could not be construed as a bribe or payoff. If in doubt, consult a senior officer of the General Partner for advice in this regard, or, if you are a director, consult the Chairman of the Board.
Soliciting, accepting or paying bribes or other illicit payments for any purpose is prohibited. Payment or acceptance of "kickbacks" from a contractor or other external party is prohibited.
The direct or indirect use of the Partnership's funds, goods or services as contributions to political parties, campaigns or candidates for election to any level of government requires approval of a senior officer of the General Partner.
All dealings between directors, officers and employees of the General Partner and public officials are to be conducted in a manner that will not compromise the integrity or impugn the reputation of any public official or the Partnership.
Directors, officers and employees have an obligation to promote the best interests of the Partnership at all times. They should avoid any action which involves a conflict of interest with the Partnership (i.e. any action that impairs, or might reasonably be perceived to impair, the independence of any judgment they may need to make on behalf of the Partnership). Directors, officers and employees should not have any undisclosed, unapproved financial or other business relationships with a company that is a material supplier, customer or competitor of the Partnership.
Where potential conflicts of interest arise, directors, officers and employees must provide full disclosure of the circumstances to, and seek approval from, the person or persons ("Approver") set forth next to their position in the following chart:
|Executive Officer (other than a Co-Chief Executive Officer ("Co-CEO"))||Co-CEO|
|Holder of more than 5% of the Partnership's voting securities||Audit Committee|
|Director (other than a Co-CEO and the Chairman of the Audit Committee)||Chairman of Audit Committee|
|Chairman of the Audit Committee||A Member of the Audit Committee|
All directors, officers and employees are responsible for protecting the Partnership's assets and ensuring their efficient use for legitimate business purposes only. Managers are specifically responsible for establishing and maintaining appropriate internal controls to safeguard the Partnership's assets against loss from unauthorized use or disposition. The use of the Partnership's funds or assets, whether or not for personal gain, for any unlawful or improper purpose is prohibited. To ensure the protection and proper use of the Partnership's assets, each director, officer and employee should:
Exercise reasonable care to prevent theft, damage or misuse of the Partnership property. Please see also "Maintaining Confidentiality" in the General Partner's and the Partnership's Disclosure Policy.
Promptly report the actual or suspected theft, damage or misuse of the Partnership property to a supervisor.
Use the Partnership's telephone system, other electronic communication services, written materials and other property primarily for business-related purposes.
Safeguard all electronic programs, data, communications and written materials from inadvertent access by others through the use of passwords.
Use the Partnership property only for legitimate business purposes, as authorized in connection with a director's, officer's or employee's job responsibilities.
All directors, officers and employees must endeavor to deal fairly with the Partnership's customers, suppliers, competitors and employees. Directors, officers and employees should not take unfair advantage of anyone through manipulation, concealment, abuse of privileged information, misrepresentation of material facts, or any other unfair-dealing practice.
The books and records of the Partnership must reflect in reasonable detail all of its business transactions in a timely, full, fair, accurate and understandable manner in order to, among other things, permit the preparation of accurate financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. All assets and liabilities of the Partnership must be recorded as necessary to maintain accountability for them. The accuracy of asset and liability records must be maintained by comparing the records to the existing assets and liabilities at reasonable intervals, and taking appropriate action with respect to any differences. All business transactions must be properly authorized and transactions must be supported by accurate documentation in reasonable detail and recorded properly. The books and records of the Partnership include booking information, payroll, timecards, travel and expense reports, e-mails, accounting and financial data, measurement and performance records, electronic data files and all other records maintained in the ordinary course of business.
No information may be concealed from the Partnership's external auditors, internal auditors, the Board or the Audit Committee of the Board. In addition, it is illegal to fraudulently influence, coerce, manipulate or mislead an external auditor who is auditing the Partnership's financial statements.
Certain of the Partnership's records, reports, papers, devices, processes, plans, methods and apparatus are considered by the General Partner to be confidential information, and directors, officers and employees are prohibited from revealing such matters except as may be allowed under the General Partner's and the Partnership's Disclosure Policy. Directors, officers and employees must also maintain the confidentiality of confidential information entrusted to them by the Partnership's customers, except when disclosure is authorized by the customer or mandated by law. Confidential information includes, but is not limited to, technical information, results, observations, analyses, compilations, evaluations, assessments, business or commercial data or plans and investor related data, and any other non-public information that might be of use to the Partnership's competitors, or harmful to the Partnership or its customers, if disclosed. The term "confidential information" relates to the underlying nature of the information, covering both oral and written information, and is independent of the medium on which the information is stored. It thus covers information stored on paper, various magnetic media, computer, microfiche or any other medium.
During the course of employment, in the case of employees of the General Partner's affiliates, and during their term as directors or officers, in the case of directors and officers of the General Partner, and for a period extending indefinitely after their employment or term, directors, officers and employees shall not use for their own financial gain or disclose for the use of others, confidential information, obtained as a result of their position with the General Partner.
All directors, officers and employees shall adhere to the terms outlined in the General Partner's Policy on Trading in Securities by Directors, Officers and Employees (Insider Trading and Blackout Policy) to ensure compliance with applicable United States securities laws governing trading in securities of the Partnership.
As a publicly traded entity, the Partnership has an obligation to comply with the rules relating to disclosure of material and price sensitive information under the relevant United States securities legislation and the rules and guidance of the National Association of Securities Dealers.
All directors, officers or employees shall comply with the General Partner's and the Partnership's Disclosure Policy.
It is the responsibility of every director, officer and employee to bring to the attention of the General Partner knowledge of any situation which might adversely affect the Partnership's reputation. All directors, officers, and employees are encouraged to report, verbally or in writing, any evidence of improper practice of which they are aware. As used here, the term "improper practice" means any illegal, fraudulent, dishonest, unsafe, negligent or otherwise unethical action by a director, officer, or employee. In addition, all directors, officers and employees have a duty to submit, in accordance with the procedures described in the General Partner's and the Partnership's Whistleblower Policy, any good faith questions and concerns regarding questionable accounting, auditing or disclosure matters or controls.
The General Partner, its directors, officers and employees shall comply with copyright law and any other laws applicable to the use of computer software, hardware and related materials, as well as with any and all contracts entered into by the General Partner with suppliers or licensers of computer software, hardware and related materials.
Waivers of this Code may be made only by an Approver, as defined above. Any waiver of this Code will be promptly disclosed as required by law, regulation or stock exchange requirement and will be disclosed to the board of directors by scheduling such waiver as an agenda item at the next regular board meeting. Any amendment of this Code will be disclosed as required by law.