United-Guardian, Inc. ("United") is a diversified company that conducts research, product development, manufacturing, and marketing of cosmetic ingredients, pharmaceuticals, health care products, and proprietary industrial products. Since its founding in 1942, the company has been granted over 30 patents.
In the past, United has almost exclusively emphasized research and product development. Management is now committed to expanding the marketing of its extensive proprietary product portfolio.
United has entered into marketing and supply agreements with marketing partners around the world to market the company's products, primarily its cosmetic ingredients. Probably its most significant and extensive marketing agreement with Ashland Specialty Ingredients ("ASI") (formerly International Specialty Products), a leading global supplier of specialty chemicals and performance-enhancing products for personal care and other applications. ASI is marketing United's personal care products in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, South and Central America, parts of Europe, and most of Asia, most notably China. This marketing relationship has significantly expanded the market for United's products, which is expected to continue over the coming years. United also has marketing partners in the United Kingdom, Italy, France, Switzerland, and Korea.
The primary focus of the company's R&D department over the past few years has been on the development of ingredients that can be used to formulate "natural" or "organic" products. It has several such products currently on the market, and is in the process of developing additional products. Those products are formulated to comply with global specifications set forth by organizations such as Ecocert for certifying products for use in natural or organic products. All of the company's "natural" products have received attestations from Ecocert that they comply with both Ecocert and COSMOS ("Cosmetic Organic Standard") requirements for products that can be used in natural or organic products.
CODE OF ETHICS
It is policy of United to comply strictly with all laws governing its operations, and to maintain the highest moral, legal and ethical standards. Accordingly, the company has adopted a Code of Business Conduct and Ethics that governs the actions of all of its employees and directors. Any modifications to this Code will be promptly posted to this web site.
AUDIT COMMITTEE CHARTER
The charter for the company's audit committee can be found here.
Officers, Senior Executives, and Inside Directors
Kenneth H. Globus
Robert S. Rubinger
Peter A. Hiltunen
Andrea J. Young
Arthur M. Dresner
Lawrence F. Maietta
Andrew A. Boccone
S. Ari Papoulias