Code of Conduct

IC Independent Consulting (ICIC) Code of Conduct

Approved: Steve Kennelly, Director

APPLICABLE

This Code of Conduct sets out standards of conduct applicable to ICIC Principals, employees and Associates, and is to be read along with any standards or code of any employing organisation or agency, the law, and any customary practice relating to individual or company behaviour.

  • You must always conduct yourself in a way that does not bring ICIC or its employing organisation or agency into disrepute.
  • In undertaking your duties you must not deliberately contravene the law or relevant administrative requirements, policies and procedures.
  • You must not act in any way to cause intimidation, harassment, verbal abuse, discrimination, or disadvantage.
  • You must exercise a high degree of care and diligence in carrying out your functions.
  • You must show fairness and equity in all your dealings.
  • You must consider issues consistently, promptly and fairly with due regard to project milestones and deadlines.
  • You must deal with matters in accordance with established procedures, and in a non-discriminatory manner.
  • You must not harass, discriminate against, or support others who harass and discriminate against any person, including but not limited to race, religion, disability, medical condition, sex, sexual preference, pregnancy, age, or marital status.

Honesty

You have a duty to act honestly, to declare any interests that may affect your duties, and to take steps to resolve any potential or actual conflicts. You must obey the law; follow policies and procedures; observe the code of conduct; disclose actual or potential conflict of interests; and exercise delegated power strictly in accordance with the reason and limits conferred.

Integrity

You must conduct yourself with the utmost integrity and never place yourself under any financial or other obligation to any individual or organisation that might influence you in the performance of your role.

Impartiality

You have a duty to make decisions and provide recommendations and advice in an impartial way, considering only relevant matters.

Accountability and Transparency

You are accountable for any decisions you make and any recommendations or advice you provide. You are required to conduct your role in a transparent way within the terms and conditions of any contract or agreement.

Probity

In all matters you must act with due probity showing the qualities of strong moral principles, honesty and decency, ensuring all processes are fair and transparent to the fullest extent.

Openness and Confidentiality

You have a duty to be as open as possible when going about your work, within the constraints of any contract or agreement whether written or verbal,  including explaining reasons for any decision, advice or recommendation, co-operating to the fullest extent possible with the employing organisation or agency, and providing information and communications clearly. You are required to keep information that is not in the public domain confidential other than when required to make it known by law.

Respect

You must treat others with respect at all times. You must not use derogatory terms towards others, and you must observe the rights of others people. You must treat all people with courtesy when undertaking your role.

Leadership

You must observe legitimate direction from leaders and promote and support leadership through examples of ethical behaviour.

Selflessness

You have a duty to make decisions and provide recommendations and advice in the interest of the employing organisation or agency. You must not act to gain future financial or other benefits for yourself, your family, friends or business interests.

Safety

You have a duty to act at all times in a manner that ensures your health and safety and the health and safety of others with whom you are working. Horseplay or other actions that might cause physical or emotional harm are not to be tolerated.

Reporting

You have a duty to report any breach of this code, or any other behaviour you may believe is inappropriate or unlawful either to a company Director, or to the appropriate law enforcement agency.

CONFLICTS OF INTEREST

A conflict of interests exists where a reasonable and informed person would perceive that you could be influenced by a particular set of circumstances in the exercise of your duties, in particular where a potential pecuniary interest can be identified to you, a partner, spouse, friend or family member, no matter how remote.

It is your duty to avoid or appropriately manage any actual, potential, or perceived conflicts of interest as soon as they arise. The onus is on you to identify these circumstances and to take the appropriate action to manage the situation.

PERSONAL BENEFIT

A gift or benefit includes any item greater than $10 in value for example free meals, beverages or refreshments, invitations to attend concerts, social, cultural or sporting events, and gifts of alcohol, ties, scarves, or hats.

No amount of potential value of gift or benefit is too small and you are required to advise and record by email to a company Director such benefit if there is any reasonable potential for a conflict of interest to be perceived. Any email is to be titled – “DECLARATION OF GIFT OR BENEFIT”.

COMPLAINTS

Any complaint can be addressed to: steve.kennelly@icic.net.au