Part 5 - Code of Conduct for Employees

This Code of Conduct includes confidential reporting procedure (whistle-blowing) for employees other than for staff in educational establishments (for whom a separate code exists).

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  1. Although the Council believes that Members, employees and organisations associated with the Council will act with honesty and integrity it recognises that occasionally this will not be the case. The Council’s culture is one of honesty and zero tolerance in respect of fraud and corruption.
  2. Employees must make themselves aware of and comply with the following key documents which set out various standards of behaviour and procedures which must be adopted in addition to those mentioned in this Code: -
  • Financial Regulations / Accounting Instructions;
  • Powers of Committees and Officers;
  • Information Management and Security policies, procedures and standards;
  • Standing Orders;
  • Commercial Services Procurement Guidance;
  • Anti-Fraud and Corruption Policy and Strategy;
  • Internet and Digital Communications Policy;
  • Employee Handbook; and
  • Social Media Policy.
  1. Employees must use public funds entrusted to them in a responsible and lawful manner and ensure that value for money is achieved. They must comply at all times with the Council’s Financial Regulations, Contract Standing Orders and associated Accounting Instructions.
  2. It is a criminal offence for employees to give or receive any gift, loan, fee, reward or advantage for doing, or not doing anything, or showing favour or disfavour to any person, company or contractor, with a corrupt intention. If an allegation is made it is for the employee to demonstrate that any rewards received have not been corruptly obtained.
  3. Although there may be no corruptive intention in the act of giving or receiving of gifts, it is important to avoid any grounds for suspicion of corruption. For example, where contracts are being negotiated employees should not negotiate with a potential contractor, supplier or purchaser (of land for example) on a one -to- one basis. All steps in the contract negotiations should be recorded and in accordance with the Council’s Constitution and scheme of delegation. Standing Orders, Financial Regulations, the Procurement Guidance and the policies of the Council must always be followed; an adequate audit trail must be maintained.
  4. The Council recognises that a key preventative measure in the fight against fraud and corruption is to take effective steps at the recruitment stage to establish the previous record of potential employees in terms of their propriety and integrity. Employees responsible for applying the Council’s recruitment procedures should ensure that they are followed in respect of all appointments and that written references are obtained regarding known honesty and integrity.
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