This Code of Conduct is a statement of our principles and expectations that guide ethical business conduct at the Ministry of State for Defence. The Ministry requires all employees to use their judgment, to be accountable for their actions and to provide services with integrity.
The purpose of this Code of Conduct is to ensure ethical behavior and working relationships characterized by high standards of personal and organizational integrity, both internally and with stakeholders. Thus this code governs conduct between employees and customers (including suppliers, vendors, contractors and agents) who assist the Ministry in the provision of services. Because we want our stakeholders to understand how we manage public affairs and what they can expect of us, this Code appears on the Ministry's website and will be made available to the Public.
You should never violate this Code or any Ministry policy simply because a supervisor directs you to do so. If you receive such a request, you should advise your supervisor that the request violates the Code.
Failure to comply with the provisions of this Code or Ministry policy is a serious violation, and may result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination, as well as civil or criminal charges. These consequences may apply not only to employees who violate the Code, but also to those who condone misconduct, fail to report or take reasonable measures to prevent, detect and address misconduct, or seek to retaliate against those in good faith report potential misconduct.
We earn credibility with our customers and co-workers by keeping our commitments, acting with honesty and integrity, and pursuing our Ministry's goals solely through honorable conduct. If you are a supervisor, you have the added responsibility of creating an open and supportive environment where employees feel comfortable asking questions and raising concerns.
The document has, in detail dealt with the principles to be followed in order to maintain an inclusive, fair and healthy work environment and integrity and fairness in the work place. It has also pointed out the legal linkages that would ensure proper management of public affairs. Further, reporting corruption, dissemination and observance of the Code occupy a significance space in this document.