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Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility

Norway Connect has adopted a Code of Ethics to establish the highest principles and standards. These Principles are general statements expressing ethical and professional ideals partners and their employees are expected to display in their professional activities. As such, the Principles are aspirational in character and provide a source of guidance for partners and their employees.

The Principles form the basis of Norway Connect’s Rules of Conduct, Practice Standards and Disciplinary Rules, and these documents together reflect Norway Connect’s recognition of partners and their employees’ responsibilities to the public, clients, colleagues and employers.

Principle 1
Corporate Responsibility
Norway Connect partners and their employees adhere to UN’s Global Compact principles. This means operating in ways that, at a minimum, meet fundamental responsibilities in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. Responsible businesses enact the same values and principles wherever they have a presence, and know that good practices in one area do not offset harm in another. By incorporating the Global Compact principles into strategies, policies and procedures, and establishing a culture of integrity, companies are not only upholding their basic responsibilities to people and planet, but also setting the stage for long-term success.
Principle 2
Integrity
Norway Connect partners shall provide professional services with integrity. Integrity demands honesty and candour, which must not be subordinated to personal gain and advantage. Partners and their employees are placed in positions of trust by clients, and the ultimate source of that trust is the partners and their employees’ personal integrity. Allowance can be made for innocent error and legitimate differences of opinion, but integrity cannot co-exist with deceit or subordination of one’s principles.
Principle 3
Objectivity
Norway Connect partners shall provide professional services objectively. Objectivity requires intellectual honesty and impartiality. Regardless of the particular service rendered or the capacity in which partners and their employees function, they should protect the integrity of their work, maintain objectivity and avoid subordination of their judgment.
Principle 4
Competence
Norway Connect partners shall maintain the knowledge and skill necessary to provide professional services competently. Competence means attaining and maintaining an adequate level of knowledge and skill, and application of that knowledge and skill in providing services to clients. Competence also includes the wisdom to recognise the limitations of that knowledge and when consultation with other professionals is appropriate or referral to other professionals necessary. Partners and their employees make a continuing commitment to learning and professional improvement.
Principle 5
Fairness
Norway Connect partners shall be fair and reasonable in all professional relationships. Disclose conflicts of interest. Fairness requires impartiality, intellectual honesty and disclosure of material conflicts of interest. It involves a subordination of one’s own feelings, prejudices and desires so as to achieve a proper balance of conflicting interests. Fairness is treating others in the same fashion that you would want to be treated.
Principle 6
Confidentiality
Norway Connect partners shall protect the confidentiality of all client information. Confidentiality means ensuring that information is accessible only to those authorised to have access. A relationship of trust and confidence with the client can only be built upon the understanding that the client’s information will remain confidential.
Principle 7
Professionalism
Norway Connect partners shall act in a manner that demonstrates exemplary professional conduct. Professionalism requires behaving with dignity and courtesy to clients, fellow professionals, and others in business-related activities. Partners and their employees cooperate to enhance and maintain the profession’s public image and improve the quality of services.
Principle 8
Diligence
Norway Connect partners shall provide professional services diligently. Diligence is the provision of services in a reasonably prompt and thorough manner, including the proper planning for, and supervision of, the rendering of professional services.