Code of Business Conduct
Our Business Through our businesses we provide products and services to thousands of customers worldwide. In so doing, we aim to uphold our reputation, built over nearly 165 years, for acting responsibly and with integrity, respecting the laws and regulations, traditions and cultures of the countries within which we operate as well as internationally accepted standards of responsible business conduct.
The Stanley Gibbons Group Board requires the highest possible standards of professional and ethical conduct of itself and from all employees. This Code of Conduct sets out the basic ethical standards that are required across the Group. Equivalent standards of conduct are expected from all agents and other persons acting on behalf of the Group. All employees and other persons acting on behalf of the Group are expected to treat compliance with this Code of Conduct as an important element of their relationship with the Group.
Graham Shircore Chief Executive
22 September 2021
The Stanley Gibbons Group plc (Group) Code of Business Conduct
Each Group business operates with policies and procedures which are consistent with the values and the standards set out in this Code. The following standards of conduct apply to all employees and other persons acting on behalf of the Group. In particular, the Group’s senior management has a special responsibility to lead according to these standards.
- All dealings
1.1 Engage in honest and ethical conduct, including the ethical handling of actual or apparent conflicts of interest between personal and professional relationships.
1.2 Maintain effective procedures to prevent confidential information being misused and make it clear that the use of confidential information for personal and corporate gain will not be tolerated.
1.3 Advance the legitimate interests of the Group, having regard to our values and standards, as set out in this Code.
1.4 Comply with all applicable laws, rules and regulations in every country in which we operate.
1.5 Comply with anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing practice, law and legislation in all countries and territories in which we operate.
1.6 Forbid corruption and the paying or receipt of bribes.
- Dealing with customers
2.1 Treat customers fairly, openly and honestly.
2.2 Provide high standards of service.
2.3 Operate effective complaints processes to deal with situations where these standards are challenged.
2.4 Aim to provide and promote a range of products and services that meet customer needs and are readily understandable.
2.5 Maintain the confidentiality of customer information, save where the law requires or permits disclosure, or the customer has given prior written consent.
- Dealing with shareholders and the public
3.1 Maximise shareholder value over time, recognising that wealth generated also benefits customers and employees as well as the communities within which we operate.
3.2 Keep accounting records which accurately disclose the financial position of the business and issue financial statements to ensure transparency of information on the Group’s financial performance.
3.3 Communicate business policies, achievements and prospects honestly.
3.4 Provide full, fair, accurate, timely and understandable disclosure in reports and documents that the Group publicly releases and/or files or submits to appropriate authorities and comply with all laws and regulations.
- Dealing with employees
4.1 Maintain a working environment that provides appropriate remuneration.
4.2 Maintain a working environment that provides training and opportunities for personal development.
4.3 Be intolerant of discrimination, harassment or victimisation. Recognise diversity in recruitment and dealings with employees. Create a favourable employee relations environment in which the involvement of all employees is encouraged.
4.4 Support employees who become aware of and are willing to report any business malpractice and have in place procedures to enable people who have a substantial reason to believe that malpractice is occurring, has occurred or is likely to occur within the business to raise issues internally without fear or recrimination.
4.5 Provide a clean, healthy and safe work environment, stressing the obligation on all employees to take every reasonable precaution to avoid injury to colleagues and members of the public.
4.6 Prohibit the illegal use of drugs on our premises and encourage any member of the Group with a drug dependency problem to seek help. The consumption of
alcohol on Company premises, except at or in connection with Company events and activities, is also prohibited. Consumption of alcohol by employees at external Company business or social occasions must never exceed moderate levels.
- Dealing with suppliers of goods and services
5.1 Maintain the highest possible standards of integrity in business relationships with suppliers.
5.2 Encourage the use of those suppliers who operate with values and standards equivalent to ours.
5.3 Work together with suppliers to improve all aspects of performance.
5.4 Agree terms of payment when orders for goods and services are placed and pay in accordance with those terms.
- Dealing with communities and the environment
6.1 Contribute to the social and economic wellbeing of those communities where we are an employer and encourage employees to participate in projects and initiatives to strengthen those communities.
6.2 We recognise that our operations result in emissions to air and water, and the generation of waste. It is our aim to continue to reduce the environmental impacts of our business and operate in an environmentally responsible manner.
- Dealing with competitors
7.1 Conduct business in accordance with the highest standards and compete vigorously but honestly.
7.2 Avoid disclosing proprietary or confidential information in any contact with competitors.
- Dealing with governments and regulators
8.1 Maintain a constructive and open relationship with governments and regulators to foster mutual trust, respect and understanding.
- Compliance with this Group Code of Business Conduct
9.1 Businesses will explain to employees our values, the standards required under this Code and any associated responsibilities.
9.2 Failure to comply with this Code may lead to disciplinary action and, where breaches of the law take place, may lead to criminal proceedings against the individual or individuals concerned.