Our employees are at the heart of Grontmij and it is through them that we conduct our business. They need to know what is expected of them. That is why we have chosen a broad, integrated approach for our Grontmij Integrity Management System (GIMS). Based on six stakeholder-driven principles - Responsibility, Competence, Diligence, Impartiality, Fairness and Anti-Corruption – we have aimed for a combination of both ethical values and professional standards.
Five out of six principles are derived from the Code of Ethics of the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC). In addition, our Responsibility follows to a great extent from the ten principles of United Nations Global Compact. We added Diligence because it reflects our own values. This combination is vital to gain and maintain the confidence of our stakeholders. A consultancy like Grontmij can only have true added value if we have that confidence.
Our GIMS is structured clearly. We have a Business Policy on expected behaviour. This Policy forms the basis of our Business Principles that comprise the standards we set for the way we conduct our business. There is also a Code of Conduct that sets the standards which we expect our employees to follow and the behaviour we expect them to adopt, both externally and internally. All these components have been embedded in our Local Business Guidelines.
GIMS has been equipped with essential safeguards. If you would like to review all of these safeguards, please take a look at the Business Policy and Principles (pdf). You will find the safeguards on page 4.
Business Integrity Officer
Each Grontmij country or region has a Business Integrity Officer (BIO) appointed by the Country Managing Director. Employees can involve the BIO in any integrity-related matters. The BIO is responsible for recording and investigating suspected incidents that have been reported and for monitoring whether appropriate sanctions are needed or action is taken to prevent repetition.
The Group Integrity Officer, who is appointed by the Executive Board, has the same role as the Business Integrity Officer at Group level. Moreover, the Group Integrity Officer is responsible for ensuring lessons are learned from any incidents throughout the Group.