RED ROCK RESORTS, INC.
Red Rock Resorts, Inc. and its subsidiaries (collectively, the “Company”) is committed to maintaining the highest ethical and moral standards in all of our operations. To this end, the Board of Directors of the Company (the “Board”) has adopted the attached Code of Business Conduct and Ethics (the “Code of Ethics”) to assist us in maintaining the highest ethical and moral standards; safeguarding the health and safety of the public and our directors, officers and employees of the Company and its subsidiaries (“Team Members”); ensuring compliance with all applicable laws, rules, and regulations; and preventing fraud, mismanagement, waste and abuse at all of the Company's facilities.
The primary purpose of this Code of Ethics is to confirm the Company’s commitment to operating pursuant to the highest moral and ethical standards by encouraging Team Members to report unsafe, illegal, fraudulent or wasteful practices by any of the Company's Team Members, agents or representatives in violation or apparent violation of the Code of Ethics ("Improper Conduct") and to reasonably protect those Team Members who make such reports (commonly referred to as "whistleblowers") from reprisals.
All Team Members should report suspected Improper Conduct. Reports of Improper Conduct should be made to a Team Member’s supervisor or manager or directly to John Pasqualotto, the Company’s designated Ethical Ombudsman. The Ethical Ombudsman will report directly to the Company’s Compliance Committee, on a regular basis, but no less than quarterly. The Compliance Committee will report to the Audit Committee on a quarterly basis, or more frequently if the Audit Committee deems necessary.
The Company will investigate all reports of Improper Conduct. Any Team Member, agent or representative of the Company who is found to have engaged in Improper Conduct is subject to disciplinary action by the Company, up to and including suspension or termination of the employment or agency relationship, and civil or criminal prosecution when warranted.
This Code of Ethics is intended to complement and supplement existing policies and legal requirements. No statement in this Code of Ethics is intended to authorize, or to prohibit disciplinary and/or legal action against, a Team Member who knowingly discloses information recognized or designated as confidential under law. Where provisions exist elsewhere under law or Company policy governing information disclosure rights and obligations, and/or retaliation relative to such disclosures, those shall apply in lieu of those contained in this Code of Ethics.
Questions related to the interpretation of this Code of Ethics should be directed to the Company’s Ethical Ombudsman, John Pasqualotto, at (702) 495-3698.
I. Statement of Purpose
The purpose of this Code of Ethics is to ensure that all Team Members adhere to proper legal and ethical standards in their business practices.
It is the further purpose of this Code of Ethics to affirm the Company’s strong commitment to the highest standards of legal and ethical conduct in its business practices and to set forth the Company’s policies concerning these issues.
The Code of Ethics applies to all Team Members. The Code of Ethics is not comprehensive, in that it is not intended to, or capable of anticipating every issue that may arise. The Company encourages Team Members who have questions about the Code of Ethics and its application to discuss them with their manager or supervisor or the Company’s Ethical Ombudsman.
II. Policy Guidelines and Standards of Behavior
A. Ethical Standards and Responsible Behavior.
The Company has a longstanding policy to maintain the highest ethical standards in the conduct of Company affairs and in its relationship with customers, suppliers, Team Members, advisors and the communities in which our operations are located.
As an integral member of the Station Casinos Team, you are expected to accept certain responsibilities, adhere to acceptable business principles in matters of professional conduct and exhibit a high degree of personal integrity at all times. This includes a sincere respect for the rights and feelings of others and demands that while performing your duties for the Company, you refrain from any behavior that might be harmful to you, your co-workers or the Company, or that might be viewed unfavorably by current or potential customers or by the public at large. While you are on duty or performing your duties on behalf of the Company, your conduct reflects on the Company. As a consequence, you are encouraged to observe the highest standards of professionalism at all times. Although this Code of Ethics does not attempt to address your activities while not at work or while not performing your duties for the Company, you should be mindful that, due to the regulated nature of the industry in which we do business, the personal activities that you participate in while you are not at work can have consequences on your job and professional success.
It would be virtually impossible to cite examples of every type of activity which might give rise to a question of unethical, illegal or impermissible conduct. Therefore, it is important for each of us to rely on our own good judgment in the performance of our duties and responsibilities. Nonetheless, the following are examples of specific acts that are prohibited:
If you are unclear as to the proper course of action, you should seek advice and counsel from John Pasqualotto, the Company’s Ethical Ombudsman. The reputation and good name of the Company depend entirely upon the honesty and integrity of each one of us.
All Team Members, representatives and agents of the Company must conform to ethical and legal standards, abide by the law and preserve the Company's integrity and reputation. Failure to adhere to this Code of Ethics may result in disciplinary action, up to and including discharge from employment or termination of relationship with the Company.
B. Entertainment, Gifts, Favors and Gratuities.
The purpose of the Company's policy relating to entertainment, gifts, favors and gratuities is to avoid any implication that unfair or preferential treatment will be granted or received by the Company's Team Members, representatives and agents in their course of dealing on behalf of the Company. When in doubt as to whether conduct violates this Code of Ethics, a basic consideration should be whether public disclosure would be embarrassing to the Company or the recipient. The following general guidelines are provided:
Giving, offering or promising anything of value for the purpose of influencing someone in connection with Company business or a Company transaction is impermissible and may be unlawful. Similarly, it is impermissible and may be unlawful to solicit, demand or accept anything of value with the intent of being influenced or rewarded in connection with any Company business or transaction. Therefore, no Team Member, representative or agent may give or receive any gift if it could reasonably be viewed as being done to gain a business advantage for the Company or for a Team Member, representative or agent of the Company.
Team Members are not prevented from incurring normal business-related expenses for entertainment or from accepting personal mementos of minimal value. It is also acceptable to allow a supplier or customer to pay for a business meal.
The Company will pay only those representatives and agents with whom it has a formal written agreement or from whom it has an invoice detailing the business purpose and amount to be paid. A Team Member, representative or agent may make a payment to a provider of goods or services to the Company for only the amount that constitutes the proper remuneration for the service rendered or goods provided. A Team Member may not make a payment if that Team Member knows, or has reason to know, the payment will be used as a bribe.
The following is a summary of the Company's Policy on Insider Trading. For additional details please obtain a copy of the full Policy on Insider Trading from the Ethical Ombudsman.
1. Clarifying the meaning of "inside" information.
U.S. Securities regulations, which regulate transactions in corporate securities (stocks and bonds), impose severe sanctions against the use of "inside" information in the purchase and sale of securities by "insiders" of a company for their own benefit and profit. "Inside" information includes any important material fact that has not been disclosed to the public which might be a factor in a decision to buy or sell a particular security. Examples of “material” facts include, but are not limited to, advance knowledge of operating income or loss or earnings results, a pending proposed merger or acquisition/disposition of a significant asset, establishment of a program to repurchase securities of a company, a change in control or change in senior management of a company, or development of a significant new product, invention, discovery or line of business. With respect to the Company, an "insider" includes not only Team Members, representatives or agents, but family members, friends, brokers or anyone to whom the inside information is communicated by such Team Members, representatives or agents. The securities include not only those of the Company, but also the securities of any company of which you have acquired important, non-public knowledge as a result of your employment. Specifically, you should not trade in the securities of any company which, to your knowledge, is under consideration as an acquisition by the Company or with whom the Company is considering entering into a major contractual relationship.
Regulations which are designed to protect the investing public are strictly enforced, and both civil and criminal action can be taken against both the individual and the company involved. If you have any doubts as to whether a contemplated securities transaction might be deemed a violation of the "insider" trading rule, you should refer to the Policy on Insider Trading and/or consult with or seek the advice of the Company's Ethical Ombudsman.
2. Policy prohibiting certain investments.
Unless prior written approval is obtained from the Company’s Ethical Ombudsman, Team Members are prohibited from investing in any of the Company's customers, suppliers or competitors (which includes all restricted and nonrestricted gaming licensees) unless the securities are publicly traded and the investments are on the same terms available to the general public and not based on any "inside" information. This prohibition applies to all forms of investments and to all Team Members, directors, officers, representatives and agents of the Company and their immediate families.
In general, Team Members should not have any financial interest in a customer, supplier or competitor that could cause divided loyalty or the appearance of divided loyalty or appear to be a distraction from the performance of a Team Member’s duties.
E. Conflicts of Interest.
The term "conflict of interest" describes any circumstance that would cast doubt on the ability of a Team Member, representative or agent to act with total objectivity with regard to the Company's interests. Each Team Member, representative or agent is expected to avoid any action or involvement which would in any way compromise his or her actions on behalf of the Company. Activities that could raise a question of conflict of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:
Every Team Member, representative or agent of the Company is prohibited from engaging in any activity or association that creates or appears to create a conflict between his or her personal interests and the Company's business interests. In addition, a Team Member, representative or agent must not allow any situation or personal interests to interfere with his or her exercise of independent judgment or with his or her ability to act in the best interests of the Company.
F. Protection and Proper Use of Company Assets.
Company assets, such as information, materials, supplies, software, hardware and facilities, among other property, are valuable resources owned, licensed or otherwise belonging to the Company. Company assets also include proprietary information such as intellectual property, including patents, trademarks, trade secrets and copyrights, as well as business, marketing and service plans, engineering and manufacturing ideas, designs, databases, records, salary information and any unpublished financial data and reports. Company assets should be used only for legitimate business purposes. Accordingly, all Team Members should endeavor to protect the Company’s assets and ensure their efficient use.
Unauthorized use of Company assets is prohibited and should be reported. The personal use of Company assets without permission is prohibited, although incidental personal use is permitted. If you have any questions about whether your personal use of a Company asset is incidental, you should ask for guidance from the Ethical Ombudsman before taking action.
Team Members should be aware that Company property includes all data and communications transmitted or received to or by, or contained in, the Company’s electronic or telephone systems. Company property also includes all written communications. Team Members and other users of this property should have no expectation of privacy with respect to these communications and data. To the extent permitted by law, the Company has the ability, and reserves the right, to monitor all electronic and telephonic communications. These communications may also be subject to disclosure to law enforcement or government officials.
G. Corporate Opportunities.
Team Members owe a duty to the Company to advance its legitimate interests when the opportunity to do so arises. Except to the extent explicitly permitted pursuant to written agreement with the Company, Team Members are therefore prohibited from (i) without the written consent of the Ethical Ombudsman (or, in the case of any executive officer, principal financial officer, or director, the Board), taking for themselves personally opportunities that are discovered through the use of Company property, information or position, (ii) using Company property, information or position for improper personal gain and (iii) competing with the Company.
Team Members must not disclose to anyone outside the Company any “confidential information” entrusted to them by the Company or its suppliers, customers or business partners, except when disclosure is authorized, in writing, by the Ethical Ombudsman or otherwise legally required. “Confidential information” includes all non-public information that might be useful to competitors, or harmful to the Company or its suppliers, customers or business partners, if disclosed. Confidential information includes, for example, trade secrets, technology, research, customer and supplier lists, unannounced financial data and projections, marketing and pricing strategies and business plans.
The obligation to preserve confidential information continues even after a Team Member is no longer employed by the Company.
I. Competition and Fair Dealing.
The Company seeks to outperform our competitors fairly and honestly through superior performance, never through unethical or illegal business practices. Stealing proprietary information, possessing trade secret information that was obtained without the owner’s consent or inducing disclosures of such information by past or present employees, agents or representatives of other companies is prohibited.
Team Members should endeavor to deal fairly and in good faith with the Company’s customers, suppliers and competitors and their employees. No Team Member should take unfair advantage of anyone through manipulation, concealment, abuse of privileged information, misrepresentation of material facts or any other intentional unfair-dealing practice.
Team Members are prohibited from engaging in the following activities if such activities would be reasonably likely to violate any applicable anti-trust or competition law:
(i) entering into any understanding, agreement, plan or scheme, express or implied, formal or informal, with any competitor with regard to prices, terms or conditions of sale or service, production, distribution, territories or customers;
(ii) exchanging or discussing with a competitor prices, terms or conditions of sale or service, or any other competitive information; or
(iii) engaging in any other conduct which violates any applicable anti-trust or competition laws.
J. Record Keeping.
The Company requires honest and accurate recording and reporting by Team Members of information in order to make responsible business decisions. For example, only the true and actual number of hours worked should be reported. In addition, many Team Members regularly use business expense accounts, which must be documented and recorded accurately. If you are not sure whether a certain expense is legitimate, ask your supervisor.
All of the Company’s books, records, accounts and financial statements must be maintained in reasonable detail, must appropriately reflect the Company’s transactions and must conform both to applicable legal requirements and to the Company’s system of internal controls. Unrecorded or “off the books” funds or assets should not be maintained unless permitted by applicable law or regulation.
Records should always be retained or destroyed according to the Company’s email and record retention policies. In accordance with those policies, in the event of litigation or governmental investigation, please consult the or the Ethical Ombudsman.
K. Accurate and Timely Periodic Reports.
The Company is committed to providing full, fair, accurate, timely and understandable disclosure in periodic reports and documents that the Company files, or submits to, the Securities and Exchange Commission and in other public communications made by the Company. Specifically, the Company shall:
(i) maintain accurate books and records that fully, fairly and accurately reflect the Company’s financial information and reporting of transactions;
(ii) ensure that the financial statements and other financial information included in periodic reports is prepared in accordance with generally accounting principles and fairly presents in all material respects the financial condition, results of operations and cash flows of the Company;
(iii) maintain such disclosure controls and procedures to ensure that material information relating to the Company is made known to management, particularly during the periods in which the Company’s periodic report are being prepared;
(iv) maintain such internal controls and procedures for financial reporting to provide reasonable assurances that the Company’s financial statements are fairly presented in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles;
(v) prohibit the establishment of any material undisclosed or unrecorded funds or assets;
(vi) disclose material off-balance sheet transactions in compliance with applicable laws and regulations; and
(vii) otherwise present information in a clear and orderly manner and minimize the use of legal and financial jargon in the Company’s periodic reports.
Each Team Member who contributes in any way to the preparation or verification of the Company’s financial statements and other financial information must take all necessary steps to ensure that the Company provides full, fair, accurate, timely and understandable disclosure. Team Members must also cooperate with the Company’s accounting and internal audit departments, as well as the Company’s independent public accountants.
L. Compliance with Laws, Rules and Regulations
All Team Members must obey all applicable local and state laws, governmental rules and regulations in the states in which the Company operates, as well as all applicable federal laws. Particularly, the Company is committed to:
(i) maintaining a workplace that is free from discrimination or harassment based on race, gender, age, color, religion or any other characteristic that is unrelated to the Company’s interests or otherwise protected by law;
(ii) complying with all applicable environmental, health and safety laws;
(iii) supporting fair competition and laws prohibiting restraints of trade and other unfair trade practices;
(iv) prohibiting any unlawful and improper payments (including bribes or kickbacks), gifts, favors or other gratuities to suppliers, customers, U.S., state, local or foreign government officials or other third parties; and
(v) complying with all applicable federal and state securities laws, including laws prohibiting insider trading.
III. Complaint/Inquiry Procedures
A. Reporting a Violation of this Code of Ethics.
The Company encourages Team Members, representatives and agents to report all actual or perceived violations of this Code of Ethics (referred to as "Improper Conduct") to the Company’s Ethical Ombudsman, regardless of who the offender may be. Any individual who is asked, ordered, directed or encouraged to engage in Improper Conduct, witnesses Improper Conduct or otherwise acquires knowledge of Improper Conduct, should report the Improper Conduct to his or her manager or supervisor or the Company’s Ethical Ombudsman immediately.
Any manager or supervisor who observes Improper Conduct or receives a complaint or report of Improper Conduct must advise the Company’s Ethical Ombudsman immediately. In addition, managers and supervisors are responsible for maintaining a system of management controls which detect and deter Improper Conduct. Failure by a manager or supervisor to establish management controls or to report Improper Conduct within the scope of this Code of Ethics may result in disciplinary action against the manager or supervisor, up to and including suspension or termination. The is available to assist management in establishing management systems and recognizing Improper Conduct.
Reasonable care must be taken in dealing with suspected Improper Conduct to avoid any of the following:
Accordingly, a manager or supervisor who learns of suspected Improper Conduct should:
Prompt reporting of violations of this Code of Ethics is important to the investigatory process. It is equally important for Team Members, representatives and agents of the Company to understand what constitutes a violation of this Code of Ethics. Therefore, any Team Member, representative or agent who would like additional information or advice with respect to any particular act or conduct is encouraged to consult with or seek the advice of the Company’s Ethical Ombudsman.
Reports made to the may be made in person or as follows:
Each Team Member will be given a copy of this Code of Ethics and will be required to sign a Team Member Acknowledgment Form.
B. The Investigatory Process.
All reports of violations of this Code of Ethics will be handled in a sensitive and discrete manner. Confidentiality will be maintained throughout the entire investigatory process to the extent practicable and appropriate under the circumstances to protect the privacy of persons involved. However, the Company cannot guarantee confidentiality, and there is no such thing as an "unofficial" or "off the record" report. The Company must act upon all reports received. Nonetheless, the Company will attempt to keep the identity of anyone reporting Improper Conduct confidential, unless: (1) the person agrees to be identified; (2) identification is necessary to allow the Company or law enforcement officials to investigate or respond effectively to the report; or (3) identification is required by law.
C. Protection Against Retaliation.
The Company does not tolerate acts of retaliation against any individuals who make a good faith report of Improper Conduct and such acts should be reported to your manager or supervisor or the Company’s Ethical Ombudsman immediately. Retaliation against any individual who makes a good faith report of an actual or possible violation of this Code of Ethics or who assists in providing information relevant to a violation of this Code of Ethics is also a violation of this Code of Ethics and may be against the law.
D. Responsive Action.
Conduct that is determined to violate this Code of Ethics will be dealt with appropriately. Responsive action may include special training, referral to counseling and disciplinary action, such as warnings, reprimands, withholding a promotion, reassignment, temporary suspension without pay, compensation adjustments or termination.
IV. Disclosure/Amendments and Waivers
This Code of Ethics will be made available on the Company’s website. The Company shall file a copy of this Code of Ethics as an exhibit to its Annual Report on Form 10-K and shall include a statement in such report indicating that it has adopted this Code of Ethics, that a copy of this Code of Ethics is available on its website and that it shall disclose any amendment of this Code of Ethics or any waiver of any provision of this Code of Ethics for any principal financial officer, the CEO or any director on the Company’s website.
Any waiver of any provision of this Code of Ethics for any executive officer, principal financial officer or director may be made only by the entirety of the Board. The provisions of this Code of Ethics may be waived for any other Team Member by the Company’s Ethical Ombudsman, the Compliance Committee or Audit Committee.
This Code of Ethics, as applied to the Company’s principal financial officers, shall be our “code of conduct” within the meaning of Section 406 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and the rules promulgated thereunder.
THIS CODE OF ETHICS AND THE MATTERS CONTAINED HEREIN ARE NEITHER A CONTRACT OF EMPLOYMENT NOR A GUARANTEE OF CONTINUING COMPANY POLICY. WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO AMEND, SUPPLEMENT OR DISCONTINUE THIS CODE AND THE MATTERS ADDRESSED HEREIN, WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE, AT ANY TIME.