Last edited 08 Apr 2021

Code of conduct

A code of conduct is a policy document produced by a company or organisation which sets out the principles that it intends to abide by. It is generally produced voluntarily (there is no legal requirement to do so), and helps to enshrine and clarify the values and principles of the particular organisation.

By committing to a set of principles, the code of conduct can be used internally as a guideline for employees to follow (often linked to standards of professional conduct), as well as externally as a statement of values and commitments. The code can provide benchmarks against which the performance of the company and its individual employees can be measured.

In construction, a company’s code of conduct may only apply to that particular company, or it can extend to subsidiaries. In rare cases, it may also apply to suppliers and subcontractors.

It should be written with consideration for the particular values of the company, the type of clients and services that are provided.

Issues that the code of conduct can cover might include:

In the construction industry, many professionals will also be bound by professional or regulatory codes of conduct. For example, architects are bound by the ARB Code of Conduct, which lays down the standards of professional conduct and practice expected of persons registered as architects under the Architects Act. In addition, if they are members of the RIBA, they will be subject to the requirements of the RIBA Code of Professional Conduct.

See also: Code of practice.

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