The pursuit of high ethical standards is fundamental in defining the professional environment and business direction of Crestbridge. We pride ourselves on delivering peace of mind; which is built on exceptional ethical practice.
As a leading corporate and fund services business Crestbridge maintains policies to direct its staff and contractors with respect to standards of practice. These are particularly important in areas where activities deemed improper could damage the Company's reputation. Such events could also result in severe adverse consequences to everyone involved. The purpose of this Ethics Statement is to affirm the Group’s expected standards of conduct for all staff and contractors.
Good ethical practice is essential throughout the business. The example set by directors establishes the culture required throughout the Group. The consequences of poor ethical standards risk reputational damage and potential legal proceedings against not only the Group, but also the individuals concerned.
Good ethical practice is based on guidelines and not statute. This places onus on each of us to act in an ethical manner. We can take guidance from our professional governing bodies and Crestbridge has determined the following key ethical behaviours:
- Integrity - to be straightforward and honest in all professional and business relationships
- Objectivity - to not allow bias, conflict of interest or undue influence of others to override professional or business judgments
- Professional competence and due care - to maintain professional knowledge and skill at the level required to ensure that a client or employer receives competent professional services based on current developments in practice, legislation and techniques and act diligently and in accordance with applicable technical and professional standards
- Confidentiality - to respect the confidentiality of information acquired as a result of professional and business relationships and, therefore, not to disclose any such information to third parties without proper and specific authority, unless there is a legal or professional right or duty to disclose, nor use the information for personal advantage
- Professional behaviour - to comply with relevant laws and regulations and avoid any action that discredits our professions and to treat with respect and consideration all persons with whom we interact
These key ethical behaviours are the pillars supporting the culture of our Group. Compliance with these ethical behaviours may potentially be threatened by a broad range of circumstances. Where difficult situations arise these behaviours together with the Group’s policies and procedures should provide all staff and contractors with the guidance to behave appropriately.