At times we see media reports in which large and respected organisations with strong global brands are accused of and implicated in corruption and unethical conduct. This has devastating effects on the brands and reputations of these organisations and poses a threat to the livelihoods of employees and other stakeholders of these organisations who may not be involved in or had no control over the alleged unethical conduct. The Aurecon Group Pty Ltd (AGPL) Board has adopted an Ethics Policy as one of its six Core Policies. The Ethics Policy states the following:
A key Aurecon value is “acting with integrity and honesty”.
Aurecon is committed to:
Aurecon protects and fosters a culture of integrity. Individually and collectively. All employees subscribe to Aurecon’s Code of Conduct and Ethics. Aurecon has a suite of Integrity Policies and Procedures that provide clear direction on Aurecon’s expectations regarding ethical business conduct. This includes the following policies:
Supporting these policies is Aurecon’s online training for anti-bribery and anti-corruption and the Code of Conduct and Ethics, aimed at increasing awareness and strengthening Aurecon's culture.
Aurecon’s management is responsible for developing a framework and system for the development, implementation and monitoring of integrity management processes.
Business ethics and integrity management form an integral part of Aurecon’s day-to-day governance and management activities. Aurecon’s chosen governance framework for risk, including integrity management, is shown below:
Aurecon has a global Integrity Management Committee (IMC) overseeing the development and maintenance of Aurecon’s Integrity Management System.
The IMC is a group of senior executives and managers comprising:
The IMC reports into the Risk, Opportunity and Reputation Committee and is responsible for managing the following key elements of Aurecon’s Integrity Management Framework:
“For the reporting period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018 we have no knowledge of any incidents or legal action in respect of corruption, anti-competitive behaviour, anti-trust or monopoly practices,” Rosemary Peavey, Corporate Counsel and Company Secretary.