Integrity Policy: Code of Conduct & Ethics
Integrity in general means that people have a sense of norms and values and respect and take into account the interests of others. Integrity means being consistent and transparent. Integrity also is a characteristic of organizations. In an organization, it is clear what is expected of employees and it is clear what is unacceptable, managers are involved and set a good example. (Social) control is common practice in an integrated organization and dilemmas are open for discussion.
Common integrity violations within companies and organizations may include:
- Reckless use of business property;
- Unlawful use of working hours for private matters;
- Outside activities which are in conflict with the company’s interest;
- Improper handling of overtime and expense reimbursement claims;
- Incorrect spending of budgets;
- Abuse of power;
- Sexual harassment.
Our experience has shown that a lack of integrity in an organization could lead to structural (large-scale and multiple) integrity violations. An integrity policy, the Code of Conduct & Ethics, is essential to prevent this.
A strong integrity policy is comprised of various components. One part is the Code of Conduct & Ethics. Compliance Services Caribbean can assist your organization with advice regarding the compilation and implementation of a Code of Conduct & Ethics, ensuring that it meets the legal requirements and matches the needs of your organization.