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Directors’ Handbook – Updated November 2005 Section 4 - d BUSINESS ETHICS POLICY 1. Letter from CEO 2. Introduction 3. Conflicts of Interest 4. Corporate Opportunities 5. Fair Dealing 6. Personal Use of Company Resources 7. Securities Laws and Insider Trading 8. Compliance with Laws 9. Compliance with This Policy 10. Waivers 11. Reporting Violations 12. Acknowledgment Form
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Directors’ Handbook – Updated November 2005 1 Section 4 - d 1. Dear Director: Sigma-Aldrich is committed to the success of its customers, employees and shareholders through leadership in Life Science, High Technology and Service. The only way to achieve this goal is by providing a high standard of behavior, along with unquestionable integrity. While honest and ethical business conduct is a cornerstone of our One Company values, those leading other companies have not honored similar values. As a result, the New York Stock Exchange and the NASDAQ National Market issued rules requiring our Company to implement a code of ethics that applies to its directors in addition to the Business Conduct Policy that now applies to our employees and officers. To maintain our One Company approach, our directors are expected and required to uphold the same dedication to corporate ethics as our employees and officers. Sigma-Aldrich’s Business Conduct Policy sets forth guidelines for officers and employees to help them achieve the highest degree of personal and professional conduct. This Director Business Ethics Policy includes the sections of our Business Conduct Policy that are applicable to you as Directors in order to comply with the new NYSE and NASDAQ requirements and uses the same language where possible. Recognizing the role of directors as well as the higher standard applied by the NYSE and NASDAQ requirements, certain applicable provisions of our Business Conduct Policy were revised in this Policy as necessary for their application to Directors, as opposed to employees. Its purpose is to assist you when in doubt about an ethical situation; however, it is not intended as a substitute for legal advice concerning compliance with applicable laws. Should questions arise regarding illegal or unethical conduct, you are encouraged to consult with the Chief Executive Officer or the Chair of the Corporate Governance Committee before acting. Your support of the principles outlined in this Policy will enhance even further Sigma-Aldrich’s position as a leader in Life Science, High Technology and Service. Sincerely, SIGMA-ALDRICH CORPORATION Jai P. Nagarkatti President and Chief Executive Officer
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Directors’ Handbook – Updated November 2005 2 Section 4 - d 2. Introduction This Director Business Ethics Policy (“Policy”) has been adopted by the Board of Directors (the “Board”). While covering a wide range of business practices and procedures, this Policy cannot cover every possible situation that may arise. Its intent is to provide a basic foundation for using good judgment when faced with choices of ethics and conduct. All Directors of Sigma-Aldrich
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