SOHU's Standards of Professional Conduct
SOHU (the "Company") shall conform to the highest ethical standards
when dealing with our clients, employees, shareholders, the public, business
partners, and government. SOHU shall oblige all its employees and officers to
comply with all applicable laws, rules and regulations governing our business
and operations. The Company expects its employees and officers to act
ethically and responsibly, to obey the laws and regulations as well as bylaws
and policies of the Company.
HONESTY AND INTEGRITY
To the Company:
＞Conflicts of Interest: Employees and officers are expected to
avoid conflicts of interest when conducting business on behalf of the Company
and our shareholders. Employees and officers are prohibited from (a) using
his or her position for personal gains; (b) accepting compensation, favors,
money, loan, service, or gift from any competitor, any business partner or
prospect of the Company; and (c) making arrangements for relatives or friends
to accept such gains.
＞Employees and officers are prohibited from using their
positions to accept bribery from any colleague or subordinate.
＞Employees and officers are prohibited from participating in
any of the following business activities that compromises or might compromise
the interest of the Company when:
(a) Material financial interest exists; and
(b) Provisions are set forth in a private agreement or the
memorandums of understanding.
＞Compliance with financial management policies: All the
employees and officers shall maintain knowledge of and comply with the
Company’s financial policies and regulations.
＞Confidentiality: Employees and officers who possess the
confidential information of the Company are prohibited against：
(a) Making personal gains by disclosing or selling of the
information of the Company to any third party;
(b) Trading on their own, or causing others to trade the
securities of the Company, other companies or non-corporate entities.
＞Under the circumstance when it is hard to determine whether a
particular business falls into the category of conflicts of interest,
employees and officers shall:
(a) Report to their direct supervisors so as to identify
the potential conflicts of interest to the Company;
(b) Promptly update their direct supervisors on the changes
of circumstances in the previous report;
(c) Consult their supervisors to determine whether an
on-going conduct or a future conduct conflicts or will conflict with the
(d) Report to the in-house legal department of the
potential conflicts of interest for future investigation so as to determine
the appropriate course of action.
＞Respect and appreciate the requests from our clients and
＞Shall not cheat our clients into making a decision for the
interest of the Company;
＞Keep our promises to our clients; provide prompt and diligent
solutions to help our clients to succeed and grow their businesses.
All the employees and officers shall:
＞Demonstrate highest sense of professionalism and
responsibilities, perform duties faithfully and keep commitments and promises
on the job;
＞Observe the standard procedures of the Company in performing
their duties and achieve set targets;
＞Take the initiatives in work and show due respect. All the
employees and officers shall strive to fulfill their obligations and to
achieve work of excellence, instead of evading of their duties;
＞Assess their job objectively and report to the supervisors
realistically and truly. Any concealment, false declaration or exaggeration
B. FAIRNESS AND IMPARTIALITY
＞People first, frankness and honesty shall be advocated. Trust
and respect for every member of the Company and avoid disloyalty towards the
＞Discrimination of nationality, ethnic affinity, gender or
religion is prohibited;
＞Discrimination of mental or physical disability is prohibited;
＞Sexual harassment against the opposite gender, irrespective of
the ranks of the employees and officers, is prohibited. (Sexual harassment is
defined as any unwanted, sexually derogatory or discriminatory remarks or
＞Neither personal nor business relationship shall unlawfully
enter into appraisals of individuals for employment, performance assessment
and salary review;
＞Direct reporting line shall not be allowed between the two
parties with close personal relationship. Under such circumstance, one party
of the relationship should be transferred out of the post to terminate the
direct reporting; or the Company may deem it is necessary to terminate the
employment contract of one of the parties concerned.
NON-DISCLOSURE AND CONFIDENTIALITY
＞All the employees and officers shall keep secret and
confidential, for the proprietary properties, products and clients' data, and
shall not disclose any information of the Company to any third party (with
the exception as authorized thereof). Internal discussions shall be limited
to work purpose only;
＞Undisclosed internal information and data shall be managed
according to relative confidentiality policies of the Company. Unauthorized
disclosure of classified information to unrelated party (parties) is
＞The "Confidentiality Agreement on Company Business
Secrets" shall be strictly observed.
OBSERVING REGULATIONS FOR MEDIA, INFORMATION AND TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRIES
Clients' trust is the most valuable asset of the Company. The regulations and
provisions shall be strictly observed to maintain the most valuable
creditability of the Company.
INSIDER TRADING OF COMPANY SECURITIES IS PROHIBITED
F. OBSERVING THE LAWS OF THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA
All the employees and officers shall observe laws and regulations of the People's
Republic of China.