EX-14 10 exhibit14.htm CODE OF ETHICS exhibit14.htm


Code of Ethics

Wolverine has adopted a code of ethics (the “Code”) that is applicable to every officer, director, employee and consultant of the company and its affiliates (collectively the “Employee” or “Employees”).  The Code reaffirms the high standards of business conduct required of all Employees.  The Code is part of Wolverine’s continuing efforts to (1) ensure that it complies with all applicable laws, (2) have an effective program in place to prevent and detect violations of law, and (3) educate and train its Employees to be aware and understand ethical business practices.  In most circumstances, the Code sets standards that are higher than the law requires.
Wolverine has also adopted eight corporate values: Focus, Respect, Excellence, Accountability, Teamwork, Integrity, Open Communications and Positive Attitude.  See Schedule “A” for a statement on each value.  The values have been adopted to provide a framework for all Employees in conducting themselves in their jobs.  These values are not intended to substitute for the Code, but will serve as guidelines in helping the Employees to conduct Wolverine’s business in accordance with the Code.
The Code is not intended to cover every possible situation in which an Employee may find himself or herself.  It is meant to give each Employee the boundaries within which Wolverine expects each Employee to conduct himself or herself while representing Wolverine.  An Employee may find himself or herself in a situation where there is no clear guidance given by the Code.  If that occurs, return to the objective stated below: common sense, good judgment, high ethical standards and integrity, and refer to Wolverine‘s values.  In addition, there are many resources upon which an Employee may rely, including the President and other Wolverine officers and management.  Together all Employees can continue to make Wolverine a company that sets a standard for fashion service companies.
One of Wolverine’s objectives is to conduct all business operations in the utmost ethical manner utilizing common sense, good judgment, high ethical standards and integrity.  Wolverine cares about its Employees, shareholders, clients, suppliers, and the communities in which it conducts its business operations.  In the course of meeting its business objectives, Wolverine considers it essential that all Employees understand and comply with the Code and therefore share and participate in Wolverine’s way of conducting business.
Standard of Conduct
Wolverine insists that all aspects of its business operations are conducted with honesty, integrity and fairness, and with respect for the interests of those affected by its business and activities.  Wolverine also expects the same in its relationships with all those with whom it does business.
Each Employee must maintain and foster integrity and honesty in all dealings with clients and all business transactions.  Each Employee must commit to act according to the highest ethical standards and is expected to apply ethical business practices in administrative and financial aspects of the business operations of Wolverine.
Page - 1

No code of conduct can hope to lay down appropriate behavior for every situation, nor should it seek to do so.  Each Employee is required to make a careful and considered judgment of what is right and proper in any particular situation.
It is the obligation of every Employee in conducting the business operations of Wolverine to be responsible, honest, trustworthy, conscientious, and dedicated to the highest standards of ethical business practices.  Accordingly, all Employees are required to avoid not only impropriety, but also the appearance of impropriety in conducting the business operations of Wolverine.
Obeying the Law
All Employees of Wolverine are required to comply with (1) the letter and the spirit of laws and regulations of the countries in which Wolverine conducts business operations, (2) the accepted business practices in commercial markets, and (3) any contractual terms and conditions applicable to any business transaction.
It is expected that each Employee will use common sense, good judgment, high ethical standards and integrity in all the Employee’s business dealings.
Each Employee must commit to know and abide by all applicable laws and regulations.  Employees are expected to be familiar with the Code as it applies to their duties.  Each Employee is required to follow and to comply with the Code.  A refusal by any Employee to agree to be bound by the Code will be grounds for discipline up to and including dismissal.
A breach of any law, regulation or ethical standard by any Employee will not be justified by the pursuit of profit or the departure from acceptable practice by competitors.
Enforcement of Code
The Code will be enforced at all levels fairly and without prejudice.  Any breach of any standard of the Code may result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination.
Lee Costerd, Wolverine’s chief executive officer, has been appointed as Compliance Officer of Wolverine, responsible for overseeing compliance with, and enforcement of, the Code.  Lee Costerd, Wolverine’s chief financial officer, has also been appointed as Assistant Compliance Officer of Wolverine, responsible for overseeing compliance with, and enforcement of, the Code.  If an Employee encounters a situation that the Employee is not able to resolve by reference to the Code, the Employee should ask for help from the Compliance Officer or the Assistant Compliance Officer if they need assistance in understanding or interpreting any part of the Code.
Any Employee who, in good faith, has reason to believe any operation or activity of Wolverine is in violation of the law or of the Code must call the matter to the attention of the Compliance Officer.  See Schedule “B” for a non-exhaustive list of reportable violations.
If the Employee has reason to believe that it would be inappropriate to report the operation or activity to the Compliance Officer, the Employee should report it to the Assistant Compliance Officer.  All reports will be reviewed and investigated and as necessary under the circumstances, and the reporting Employee should provide sufficient information to enable a complete investigation to be undertaken.
Page - 2

Any Employee who makes an allegation in good faith reasonably believing that a person has violated the law or the Code will be protected against retaliation.
Violations of the law or the Code will subject Employees to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.  In addition, Employees involved may subject themselves and Wolverine to severe penalties, including fines and possible imprisonment.  Compliance with the law and high ethical standards in the conduct of Wolverine’s business should be a top priority for each Employee.
Insider Trading, Securities Compliance and Public Statements
Securities laws prohibit anyone who is in possession of material, non-public information (“Insider Information”) about a company from purchasing or selling stock of that company, or communicating the information to others.  Information is considered “material” if a reasonable investor would consider it to be important in making a decision to buy or sell that stock.  Some examples include financial results and projections, new products, acquisitions, major new contracts or alliances prior to the time that they are publicly announced.  Employees who become aware of such Inside Information about Wolverine must refrain from trading in the shares of Wolverine until the Inside Information is publicly announced.
Employees must also refrain from disclosing the insider Information to persons who do not have a need to know, whether they are inside Wolverine or outside, such as spouses, relatives or friends.
Wolverine makes regular formal disclosures of its financial performance and results of operations to the investment community.  Wolverine also regularly issues press releases.  Other than those public statements, which go through official channels, Employees are prohibited from communicating outside Wolverine about Wolverine’s business, financial performance or future prospects.  Such communications include questions from securities analysts, reporters or other news media, but also include seemingly innocent discussions with family, friends, neighbors or acquaintances.
Financial Reporting
Wolverine is required to maintain a variety of records for purposes of reporting to the government.  Wolverine requires all Employees to maintain full compliance with applicable laws and regulations requiring that its books of account and records be accurately maintained.  Specifics of these requirements are available from the Compliance Officer.
Accuracy of Records
Wolverine’s accounting records and supporting documents must accurately describe and reflect the nature and result of Wolverine’s business operations.  All activities and results of Wolverine’s business operations must be presented in a fair and balanced manner.
All business transactions must be properly authorized as well as completely and accurately recorded on Wolverine’s books.  Procedures for doing so must comply with Wolverine’s financial policy and follow Wolverine’s policy for authorization and documentation, as well as follow generally accepted accounting practices.  Budget proposals and other financial evaluations and forecasts must fairly represent all information relevant to the business transaction.  In addition, no unrecorded cash funds or other asset accounts will be established or maintained for any purpose.  Misapplication or improper use of corporate or property or false entry to records by any Employee or by others must be reported to Wolverine’s Board of Directors.
Page - 3

Record Keeping and Retention
To help maintain the integrity of Wolverine’s record-keeping and reporting systems, each Employee must know his or her area’s records retention procedures, including how data is stored and retrieved.  It is that person’s responsibility to know how to document and transact any entries or records that he or she is responsible for.  All Employees are expected to comply fully and accurately with all audits, including responding in a timely fashion to requests for records or other material from or on behalf of Wolverine’s auditors or management.
Communicating Accurate and Timely Information
In all interactions and communications, whether with shareholders, the public, clients, government agencies, or others inside or outside of Wolverine, each Employee is expected to be truthful and forthright.  This includes making accurate statements, not misrepresentations or statements intended to mislead or misinform; and responding promptly, accurately, and with full disclosure to requests from governmental agencies for information or documents.
Employees must respect the confidentiality of information received in the course of business dealings and must never use such information for personal gain.  Information given by Employees in the course of business dealings must be true and fair and never designed to mislead.
Confidential information can only be revealed upon written authorization of management.
Employees must not use or disclose Wolverine’s trade secrets, proprietary, or confidential information, or any other confidential information gained in the performance of Wolverine as a means of making private profit, gain or benefit.
Employees must not use Internet bulletin boards or chat rooms to discuss matters or opinions related to Wolverine or any of its industries, or to respond to comments about Wolverine.  In today’s electronic age, posting information on Internet bulletin boards or even communicating in chat rooms is the same as “speaking to the media”.
Health and Safety
Wolverine is committed to protecting the health and safety of its Employees.  Wolverine expects employees to obey all laws and regulations designed to protect the health and safety of all employees, and to obtain and fully observe all permits necessary to do business.  At the very least, all Employees should be familiar with and comply with safety regulations applicable to their work areas.  Wolverine will make, to the extent possible, reasonable accommodations for the known physical or mental limitations of its Employees.  Employees who require an accommodation should contact the Compliance Officer.  Wolverine will then engage in an interactive process to determine what reasonable accommodations may exist.
Page - 4


Declaration of Interest
Each Employee is expected to avoid any activity, investment or association that interferes with the independent exercise of his or her judgment in Wolverine’s best interests (“Conflicts of Interest”). Conflicts of Interest can arise in many situations and occur most often in cases where the Employee or the Employee’s family obtains some personal benefit at the expense of Wolverine’s best interests.
No Employee, or any member of Employee’s immediate family, is allowed to accept money, gifts of other than nominal value, unusual entertainment, loans, or any other preferential treatment from any customer or supplier of Wolverine where any obligation may be incurred or implied on the giver or the receiver or where the intent is to prejudice the recipient in favor of the provider.  Likewise, no Employee is allowed to give money, gifts of other than nominal value, unusual entertainment or preferential treatment to any customer or supplier of Wolverine, or any employee or family members thereof, where any obligation might be incurred or implied, or where the intent is to prejudice the recipient in favor of Wolverine.  No Employee is allowed to solicit or accept kickbacks, whether in the form of money, goods, services or otherwise, as a means of influencing or rewarding any decision or action taken by a foreign or domestic vendor, customer, business partner, government employee or other person whose position may affect Wolverine’s business.
No Employee will use Wolverine’s property, services, equipment or business for personal gain or benefit.
Each Employee is required to reveal any personal interest that may impinge or might reasonably be deemed by others to impinge on the Employee’s business dealings with any industry partners of Wolverine.
Employees may not: (1) act on behalf of, or own a substantial interest in, any company or firm that does business, or competes, with Wolverine; (2) conduct business on behalf of Wolverine with any company or firm in whom the Employee or a family member has a substantial interest or affiliation.  Exceptions require advance written approval from Wolverine’s Board of Directors.
Employees should not create the appearance that they are personally benefiting in any outside Wolverine as a result of their employment by Wolverine, or that Wolverine is benefiting by reason of their outside interests.  Any Employee who is not sure whether a proposed action would present a conflict of interest or appear unethical should consult with the Compliance Officer.
Wolverine expects its Employees to avoid (1) personal activities and financial interests that could conflict with their responsibilities and obligations and (2) giving assistance to competitors, which could be in conflict with the interests of Wolverine or its clients.  All Employees are required to seek the consent of Wolverine management if they intend to become partners or shareholders in companies outside Wolverine’s corporate structure.
Fair Competition
Wolverine’s policy is to comply fully with competition and antitrust laws throughout the world.  Wolverine is committed to vigorous yet fair competition and supports the development of appropriate competition laws.  Each Employee must avoid any business arrangement that might prevent the effective operation of fair competition.  It is advised that each Employee consult with the Compliance Officer before attending a meeting with a party who may be viewed as a competitor.
Page - 5

International Trade
Wolverine must comply with a variety of laws around the world regarding its activities.  In some cases, the law prohibits the disclosure of information, whether the disclosure occurs within the U.S. or elsewhere, and whether or not the disclosure is in writing.
U.S. law and the Code prohibits giving, offering, or promising anything of value to any public official in the U.S. or any foreign country to influence any official act, or to cause an official to commit or omit any act in violation of his or her lawful duty.  The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act precludes payments to non-U.S. government officials for the purpose of obtaining or retaining business, even if the payment is customary in that country.  This law applies anywhere in the world to U.S. citizens, nationals, residents, businesses or employees of U.S. businesses.  Because Wolverine is a U.S. company, this law applies to Wolverine and all of its subsidiaries.  Any questions on this policy should be directed to the Compliance Officer.
Government Relations
Wolverine is prohibited by law from making any contributions or expenditures in connection with any U.S. national election.  This includes virtually any activity that furnishes something of value to an election campaign for a federal office.  Use of Wolverine’s name in supporting any political position or ballot measure, or in seeking the assistance of any elected representative, requires the specific approval of the President of Wolverine. Political contributions or expenditures are not to be made out of Wolverine’s funds in any foreign country, even if permitted by local law, without the consent of the President of Wolverine.
Vendors, Contractors, Consultants and Temporary Workers
Vendors, contractors, consultants or temporary workers who are acting on Wolverine’s behalf, or are on Wolverine’s property, are expected to follow the law, the Code, and honor Wolverine’s values.  Violations will subject the person or firm to sanctions up to and including loss of the contract, the contracting or consulting agreement, or the discharge from temporary assignment.
Compliance with the Code
It is the responsibility of Wolverine’s Board of Directors to ensure that the standards embodied in the Code are communicated to, understood and observed by all Employees.  Wolverine’s Board of Directors will not criticize management for any loss of business resulting from adherence to the Code.  Equally, Wolverine’s Board of Directors undertakes that no Employee will suffer as a consequence of bringing to their attention, or that of senior management, a breach or suspected breach of the Code.
The standards set out in the Code directly reflect Wolverine’s high ethical standards.  Wolverine expects and requires each and every Employee, as a representative of Wolverine, to fulfill Wolverine’s ethical commitment in a way that is visible to the outside world with which Wolverine conducts its business operations.
Each Employee is responsible for complying with the standards set out in the Code and must ensure that their personal conduct is above reproach.
Page - 6


Each Employee has an obligation to assure that the conduct of others around him or her complies with the Code.
All Employees have a legal, moral, and ethical duty to report to Wolverine’s Board of Directors and the appropriate authorities any known or suspected violations of law, regulations or corporate policy, including the Code.
Breaches of law, regulations and the standards of conduct listed above may lead to serious consequences for the Employee concerned.
Annual Acknowledgement
Each Employee will be required to sign a statement annually that he or she has read and understands Wolverine’s Code of Ethics.  This statement will also require that the Employee state that he or she is in full compliance with the Code.  The form of statement is attached as Schedule “C”.

Page - 7


Schedule “A”
FOCUS:  We exist only because we are in the mineral exploration business.
RESPECT: We value all people, treating them with dignity at all times.
EXCELLENCE: We strive for “Best in Class” in everything we do.
ACCOUNTABILITY: We do what we say we will do and expect the same from others.
TEAMWORK: We believe that cooperative action produces superior results.
INTEGRITY: We are honest with each other, our customers, our partners, our shareholders and ourselves
OPEN COMMUNICATION: We share information, ask for feedback, acknowledge good work, and encourage diverse ideas.
POSITIVE ATTITUDE: We work hard, are rewarded for it, and maintain a positive attitude with a good sense of perspective, humor and enthusiasm.
Page - 8


Schedule “B”
Reportable Violations - Anonymous Reporting Program
Accounting Error
Accounting Omissions
Accounting Misrepresentations
Auditing Matters
Compliance/Regulation Violations
Corporate Scandal
Domestic Violence
Environmental Damage
Ethics Violation
Industrial Accidents
Poor Customer Service
Poor Housekeeping
Securities Violation
Sexual Harassment
Substance Abuse
Threat of Violence
Unfair Labor Practice
Unsafe Working Conditions
Waste of Time and Resources
Workplace Violence
Page - 9


Schedule “C”

Acknowledgement and Certification Statement

I acknowledge and certify that I have read and understand the information set forth in the Code of Ethics of Wolverine Exploration Inc. and will comply with these principles in my daily work activities. I am not aware of any violation of the standards of Wolverine’s Code of Ethics.

Date:  __________________________________________________________________________________________                                                                                                                                      

Name (print):   _________________________________________________________________________________________                                                                                                                                     

Position: ________________________________________________________________________________________

Address: ________________________________________________________________________________________


Page - 10