Integrity is one of the group’s core values – being a responsible business partner, employer, customer and supplier is an important part of our strategy and forms an essential foundation on which we carry out our business. In our view, ethical behaviour of corporations should not be just a reaction to regulation or legal compliance, but a means of doing business which gives customers, employees, partners and communities the confidence that they are working with an organisation which is not prepared to compromise on standards to achieve its financial objectives.
We see integrity and strong business ethics as a core part of the G4S strategy and fundamental to the way we operate. To ensure that high standards of business ethics remain a key component of our strategy and how we conduct our business, we have established an Anti-Corruption Steering Group, which reports to the Group Executive Team, comprising representatives of our Legal, HR, Communications and Internal Audit functions.
In order to ensure that our employees understand how they can play their part in delivering high ethical standards across the group, we have introduced a group-wide Ethics Code that sets out how we expect our employees to behave in order to “live” our value of Integrity.
This is supplemented with a Business Ethics Policy which provides a more detailed summary of the group’s ethical standards of operation. Both documents apply to employees at all levels and establish a number of ethical principles and standards which should underpin behaviour throughout G4S.