TGS is Committed to All Aspects of Sustainability Within the Company and the Environment At TGS we believe that corporate social responsibility is a fully compatible and integrated part of conducting our business successfully. Our long-standing Statement of Values clearly recognizes that we are responsible to a number of stakeholder groups and describes the principles we espouse to uphold those responsibilities. Customers We are responsible to our customers. Through quality and service we consistently strive to meet or exceed the expectations of our customers, both promptly and profitably. Employees Our single greatest asset is our employee base. We consider each employee as an individual, and recognize and respect the dignity, culture and merit of each employee. We provide equal opportunity for employment, development and advancement. Our human resources policies are designed to ensure fair and equitable treatment and to encourage personal growth. Our health, safety and environmental management system (HSE-MS) is designed to ensure that all company operations are conducted in the absence of significant risk, by continuously identifying and controlling hazards which may arise through any aspect of the company's operations. Honesty, integrity and fairness form the cornerstones of our relationships inside and outside the company. Communities and Environment We are responsible to the communities in which we live and work and to the world community as well. We actively support reputable charitable programs and organizations in our communities that serve people in need by providing ongoing financial donations as well as a program that encourages our employees to donate their time and energy to help those in our societies who are less fortunate. Our policies on health, safety and environment are regularly reviewed and adapted based on experience gained and best practices learned. We support the United Nations (UN) Universal Declaration of Human Rights and strive to apply its principles throughout business operations. Shareholders We are responsible to our shareholders and expect that they should realize a fair return. We understand that our main contribution to society comes from operating and growing a profitable and thriving business that creates value over the long term. Our Code of Conduct In addition to our Statement of Values and our policies on health, safety, environment, and human resources, we have developed a Code of Conduct that further defines our expectations on ethical behavior. Each employee and director is required to read and acknowledge his or her understanding of its contents. The code requires employees to report any known or suspected ethical irregularities and ensures that no retaliation will be levied against employees who file reports. We conduct an active compliance program designed to continue to inform and educate our employees on ethical issues and we have a board-appointed compliance officer who reports at least annually on our progress. Comprehensive Approach The leadership of TGS actively promotes a culture designed to build confidence and trust among its stakeholders. Good corporate governance together with the values, policies, and control systems described here provides a comprehensive approach to corporate social responsibility in TGS.