High standards in corporate compliance, guided by integrity
The global nature of BSI’s operations means that our activities are subject to a multitude of statutory regulations and standards throughout the world. That makes corporate compliance a particularly important topic for us.
Corporate compliance means acting with integrity and observing the legal and ethical framework at all times. Our code of business ethics forms the framework for acting in accordance with the rules, based on expertise, fairness and reliability.
BSI’s reputation is a key contributor to our company’s value. Our stakeholders expect us to conduct our business with integrity.
Our ability to create value depends on applying high ethical standards to create a trust-based relationship with our colleagues, clients, business partners and communities.
In all our business activities we will comply with applicable laws, act in an ethical, sustainable and socially responsible manner, practice good corporate governance and respect internationally recognised human rights principles. We will maintain an open dialogue on these issues, internally and externally.
Our code of business ethics
Our code of business ethics sets out our expectations, commitments and requirements for ethical conduct. The code applies to all BSI employees.
Some important principles in our code are:
- We treat ethics as an integrated part of our business.
- We comply with applicable laws, act in accordance with our values and the code of business ethics when performing our business.
- We deal openly with ethical dilemmas and spend sufficient time on difficult decisions.
- We expect high ethical standards from everyone acting on our behalf.
- We are open in dealing with ethical issues.
Anti-bribery and corruption
At BSI we have a strict zero-tolerance stance on bribery and corruption. Our anti-bribery and corruption programme, which is compliant with ISO 37001, helps BSI prevent, detect, and address bribery and drives us towards better ethical business culture.
Health and safety
The BSI Group health, safety, environment and quality policy, sets out our commitment to managing the health and safety of our employees, preventing pollution through our activities and providing quality services to our customers. This document underpins our HSE risk management framework.
BSI understands the importance of practising good information security and is committed to safeguarding all commercial and personal information in its charge. BSI has an established information security management system (ISMS) in line with ISO27001, the international standard for information security management, to which is it certified.
BSI is committed to ensuring customer data is collected, curated, managed, stored, and disposed of in accordance with the customer's legal rights. Through digital compliance, our customer's can trust that their digital information is secure. This document underpins our Digital Trust Framework.
BSI is committed to providing an inclusive and supportive working environment. This includes providing an environment free from harassment, bullying, victimisation/retaliation or any other unacceptable behaviour.
BSI Group Modern Slavery Statement (for the respective year)
BSI has a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery which includes servitude, forced or compulsory labour and human trafficking. We are committed to ensuring modern slavery does not take place within BSI or our supply chain.
Group sustainability code
BSI believes in challenging complacency and helping organizations make excellence a habit. We are committed to making a positive impact both through our own actions and by helping others to enable a resilient world. BSI’s Sustainability Code provides a foundation of principles from which we, and our business partners, are expected to work.
Greenhouse emissions reporting framework
As part of BSI's commitment to sustainable practise, we have pledged to achieve net zero emissions within our operational controls, and our ambition is to achieve continuous carbon neutrality into the future. This document underpins our greenhouse gas emissions reporting framework and is supported by KPMG.
You can help us by speaking up
Our aim is to ensure that all our employees, business partners, and other stakeholders feel comfortable and have a safe space to raise any concerns.
It may feel easier to remain silent or ignore behaviour you think may not be within the spirit of our code of business ethics, but each of us has a responsibility to report any potential or actual behaviour which is unethical or unlawful or any behaviour which is contrary to our values and business principles. This duty applies whether it is you directly or if you become aware of an issue involving a colleague or any third party connected in any way with BSI.
If you wish to remain anonymous when reporting a concern, BSI has in place a confidential free telephone line operated by an external, independent company that specialises in operating confidential reporting systems. Telephone numbers and access to web reporting can be found by clicking the link: safecall.co.uk/en/clients/bsi/
Alternatively, for further guidance or support on any topic contained within the code of business ethics. Please contact the BSI Compliance and Ethics Team at email@example.com
You do not have to be an employee of BSI to use this service and would encourage anyone who has an issue or concern related to BSI to raise it as soon as possible. We protect against retaliation, and if you report a concern it will be handled with confidentiality and discussed only as needed or advisable under the circumstances.
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