We must be particularly vigilant in avoiding potential conflicts of interest in situations where we provide assurance services through BRE Global (such as testing or certification), along with consultancy services to the same customer in respect of the same product or service.
Our assurance activities must remain impartial and independent of any other interest. For instance, a test result must not be influenced by whether we may have provided consultancy to the customer in the past, or might in the future.
We must also be cautious about discussing our consultancy and assurance activities together, as we may give the impression that the two can be combined. In actual fact, we have carefully segregated all assurance activities from our consultancy activities. This is necessary to maintain stakeholder confidence in our assurance activities and to meet the rigid requirements of the international standards to which BRE Global is accredited.
BRE Global is assessed for its impartiality through internal audits, an annual audit by its non-executive Governing Body and through multiple audits by the United Kingdom Accreditation Services (UKAS).
- Seek your Line Manager’s approval before taking a seat on a panel or similar professional placement, outside your ordinary job responsibilities, as this might conflict with BRE’s interests.
- Notify your Line Manager and/or Legal team at once if you find yourself in a situation where a conflict of interest or a similar threat to our impartiality arises.
- Notify your Line Manager if you have any affiliations that could create or be perceived to create a conflict of interest, e.g. have a personal relationship with a BRE supplier, customer or competitor and you or they hold a relevant decision-making capacity with the respective organisation.
- Consult with colleagues or your Line Manager, or the conflict of interest review group (email: firstname.lastname@example.org), if unsure about a potential conflict of interest.
- Use information that you obtain while working for BRE for personal gain, such as diverting a potential business opportunity to yourself or somebody close to you.
- Manage or supervise a friend or a close relative working for BRE or for a third party unless you have received the explicit approval of your Line Manager.
- Jeopardise BRE’s impartiality by suggesting conflicting services, e.g. offering both consultancy and certification services to the same client in respect of the same thing.