Code of Conduct

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Charities & non-profit organisations

We support appropriate national and local charities and other non-profit organisations

What do we mean?

We want to have a positive and beneficial effect on the communities we live and work in. So we actively participate in local communities and charitable activities. We also encourage our employees to devote time to good causes and empower them to conduct authorised volunteering and charity activities using a volunteering policy. However, when acting on the company’s behalf, we must be mindful of our responsibilities.

What’s appropriate?

If we are making a charitable donation or commitment of support using the company’s resources, we need to check if it’s appropriate and is approved in compliance with local business policies and processes. We realise that we can make significant impact by working with charities and non-profit organisations local to our projects targeting local needs. The charity must be bona fide and any use of our shareholders’ money or resources for charitable purposes should be consistent with our broad community support and our corporate responsibility policy.

Your rights as an individual

Of course you have every right as an individual to make personal donations to charity and participate in charitable activities for any causes you believe in. All we ask is that in these circumstances it is clear that you are acting in a personal capacity.

We always

  • Ensure the charity is appropriate and approved in compliance with local business policies and processes

  • Check for potential conflicts of interest

  • Keep records of the resources and time spent delivering charity and volunteering programmes, demonstrating who we invested in and how

We never

  • Offer or make a charitable contribution as an incentive or reward for obtaining or retaining business or for any other improper purpose

  • Make a contribution to a charity unless we are sure the charity is bona fide and has all appropriate registrations

  • Use charitable donations as a substitute for political payments

  • Use company time or resources without permission