The Company aims for the highest possible standards of ethical conduct in all of its activities and expects the conduct of individual employees and contractors to reflect this. Dishonesty of any kind will be treated as a serious matter, which may amount to gross misconduct and therefore to dismissal without notice.
Gifts and Hospitality
The acceptance of gifts and hospitality from clients/customers, suppliers and potential suppliers must not give the appearance that employees, contractors or the Company may be unduly influenced in the decisions that they make in respect of clients/customers, suppliers or in any other aspect of their work.
All gifts and hospitality given or received, of whatever value, must be entered in the Register kept by the management team.
No personal gifts of a value in excess of £25 should be accepted from a client/customer, supplier or potential supplier without express permission from your line manager.
Acceptance of hospitality, such as lunch or drinks receptions, should be kept within common sense limits and should always be authorised by your manager. Offers of hospitality must always be authorised by your manager.
You may also be instructed to return any gifts which your manager considers to be inappropriate, or to refuse to accept hospitality from a particular supplier or potential supplier. Failing to obey such an instruction will be treated as misconduct.
Allowing gifts or hospitality to influence any purchasing/business decisions that you may make on behalf of the Company or to otherwise influence the way in which you perform your duties is an act of gross misconduct which will usually result in dismissal.
It is also an act of gross misconduct to seek to influence any other person to behave in an improper way or to confer a business advantage on you or the Company through the giving of any gift or hospitality.