Fraud, deception & dishonesty

We will not defraud or deceive anyone, act dishonestly or misuse company property or resources

What do we mean?

Fraud

Although precise definitions may vary from country to country, fraud always involves deception and dishonesty.

It is fraud when you try to deceive someone or act dishonestly to gain any kind of material advantage or use or involve anyone to do so. Fraud is usually carried out for profit or to obtain money, property or services unjustly. It can involve our own company or a third party.

In some countries, like the UK and the US, you can be prosecuted just for being careless or reckless in letting it happen, even though you didn’t deliberately set out to commit fraud yourself.

Company property or resources

The company’s property and resources include both physical and intangible assets.

Physical assets are things like materials, supplies, equipment and cash.

Intangible assets include information, intellectual property, brand value and employee time and talents.

We always

  • Act honestly, fairly and openly

  • Make sure our books and records are accurate, complete and not misleading

  • Carefully check or inspect things that are our responsibility

  • Base all invoices on clear and complete information and check that they comply with contractual arrangements

  • Take great care when spending the company’s money or making financial commitments on its behalf

We never

  • Falsify our company expenses or claim from the company for expenses that have not been properly incurred in carrying out company business

  • Use the company’s money or resources for non-work related activities or an improper purpose

  • Ignore something that we suspect might involve fraud, theft, deception or dishonesty

  • Withhold payment when we don’t honestly believe we are entitled to do so

  • Make false claims