This policy applies, except as otherwise stated, to every person associated with Transparency International – Cyprus (TI-C), its board members, officer, resource person or staff member. The “interests of any person associated with TI-C” include the interests of any person with whom they have a close personal relationship, including their spouse, life partner, children, parents, siblings or other close family members.
- General Policy
- Every person associated with TI-C (according to paragraph 1) must avoid or manage any potential real or perceived conflict of interest (inter alia by refraining from any decision making or voting on matters subject to a potential conflict of interest), and openly acknowledge any potential or actual conflict of interest which arises through his/her association with TI-C.
- Conflicts of interest may arise from time to time in the course of such persons’ activities and decisions. They may arise in their work for the TI-C movement with regard to pecuniary or financial interests, or interests that impede them in their duty to act in the best interests of the TI-C movement.
- Members of the Board of Directors, shall declare their financial and non-financial interests which could potentially lead to or could conceivably be perceived as a conflict of interest. Such declaration shall be made by way of a register, which shall be open to the public. Where there are personal safety or similar serious concerns about full publicity, parts or even the whole of the declaration should be submitted to the Chairperson of the TI-C -Board Ethics Committee who shall hold it, and act upon it as appropriate, in confidence.
- TI-C’s global efforts to raise the ethical standards of government officials, business people and other individuals could be compromised by any ethical lapses on the part of individuals representing TI-C. It is essential that everyone associated with TI-C be highly sensitive to potential conflicts of interest.
- Remunerated Work Contracts and Consultancies
- Staff members (including management) of TI-C sometimes are employed by, or undertake paid work for, other organisations. Such work may be undertaken:
(i) where the work is related to corruption, only with the express permission of their superior;
(ii) in all other cases, only if the work is declared as early as practicable.
- Much of TI-C’s work is done by individuals who are not employees of TI-C but who act for or on behalf of TI-C on a voluntary basis. This includes, among others, the members of Board of Directors or other governance bodies of TI-C. Many of such individuals will have business, professional and other affiliations.
- Members of the Board of Directors, or companies or other organisations with which such Members are currently affiliated, may not perform remunerated work for the TI-C. Similarly, members of the board of directors or any similar governance body of any National Chapter, or companies or other organizations with which such individuals are currently affiliated, may not perform remunerated work for their own National Chapter, except that members of the board of directors or any similar governance body of any National Chapter may serve concurrently as a paid officer or staff member of the National Chapter under a contract approved by such board of directors or other governance body, as the case may be.
- (i) Members of the Board of Directors, or companies or other organizations with which such members are currently affiliated, may apply and compete for remunerated work contracts with any of the National Chapters, and (ii) members of the board of directors or any similar governance body of any National Chapter, or companies or other organizations with which such individuals are currently affiliated, may apply and compete for remunerated work contracts with any of the other National Chapters or with the TI Secretariat; provided however that they are not offered any advantages over any competitors with respect to being awarded or carrying out such work. They must not utilize privileged information and do everything to contradict the perception of having utilized privileged information; in addition, they will not exercise their board function to the extent it relates to the conditions of the contract or the selection or supervision of such contract. In other words, they do not need to be disqualified in such cases because of their affiliation with TI-C, but neither may they be given the “inside track”. When doing non-TI-C related work, board members or their companies shall not utilize privileged TI-C information, and shall also be sensitive to the perception that they might be utilizing such information.
- Resource persons active anywhere in the TI-C movement, or companies or other organizations with which such individuals are affiliated, may apply and compete for remunerated work contracts with TI-C, or any of its provided they are not offered any advantages over any competitors with respect to being awarded or carrying out such work. They must not utilize privileged information and do everything to contradict the perception of having utilized privileged information. In other words, they do not need to be disqualified because of their affiliation with TI-C, but neither may they be given the “inside track”. When doing non-TI-C related work, resource persons shall not utilize privileged TI-C information, and shall also be sensitive to the perception that they might be utilizing such information.
- TI-C will be transparent in their decision-making processes when commissioning paid work, and will follow transparent tender procedures.
- Gifts and Entertainment
No person associated with TI-C shall accept any gift, entertainment, loan or anything else of value from any organisation or individual if it could be reasonably construed or perceived that the gift is motivated by a wish to influence TI-C.
- How to Deal with a Possible Conflict of Interest
- Potential conflicts of interest should be identified and declared by the person in potential conflict, or reported by other members of the movement, as soon as they become aware of such potential conflict of interest. If problems are identified before commitments are made or questionable actions have occurred, embarrassment can be avoided and alternatives can be explored.
- Such disclosure or report should be made to the Chairperson of TI-C or to another suitable senior officer or director.
- The evaluation of a potential conflict of interest must be made by the TI-C Board of Directors or the TI-C Board’s Ethics Committee. The evaluation may determine the absence of a conflict of interest, or it may lead to the conclusion that (i) the respective person should not go ahead with the evaluated activity or that (ii) he/she should recuse him/herself from participating in decision making by TI-C with reference to the matter in conflict.
- The chairpersons of TI-C respectively are responsible for ensuring that all persons associated with the activities of TI-C are made aware of the policy and procedures regarding conflict of interest. In addition, these policy and procedures should be made available to the general membership through publication, for example, on the website or in a newsletter.
- Confidentiality and Independence
We respect the confidentiality and privacy of our members, our people and others with whom we associate. We comply with applicable laws, regulations and professional standards in order to maintain the appropriate degree of confidentiality and privacy.
We treasure our independence of mind. We protect our members’ and other stakeholders’ trust by adhering to our regulatory and professional standards, which are designed to enable us to achieve the objectivity necessary in our work. In doing so, we strive to ensure our independence is not compromised or perceived to be compromised. We address circumstances that impair or could appear to impair our objectivity.
- Disclosure of Payments to TI-C Board Members
When TI-C makes payments – excluding approved expenses and per diems – to a member of the Board of TI-C, in question, or a staff member of any other National Chapter or TI Secretariat– this should be declared in full in the annual Financial Statement and Annual Report of TI-C. Such reporting should also outline the procurement/tender procedures conducted that led to such payment.
- Scope of this policy
This policy sets minimum standards. Individual Codes of Conduct and conflict of interest policies developed by TI-C.
Each member of the Board and all officers, fill the Register of Interests Form
Board of Transparency International National Chapter