The purpose of our Code of Conduct is to provide clear rules and guidelines on essential standards of conduct by all established and temporary employees, agency staff, contractors and consultants.
The continuing development and well-being of our business depends on all of us maintaining the highest standards of integrity and personal conduct in all matters which involve the company.
The company recognises its obligations to those with whom it has dealings, namely its employees, shareholders, readers and advertisers, suppliers and the communities in which its businesses operate.
The reputation of the company is one of the most vital of resources and depends for its protection upon the honesty and integrity of each and every one of its staff.
The Code of Conduct gives guidance on how the essential standards of integrity and conduct are to be maintained. It is not intended as a statement of new beliefs or the creation of new rules of conduct. Rather, it is a reaffirmation of our continuing values and practices.
Finally, this document should be read in conjunction with any specific code issued to individual groups of employees (e.g. Financial Dealings for Journalists) or any provisions of individual contracts of employment.
- Anyone with personal interest in an organisation with which Trinity Mirror may have a business relationship is vulnerable to allegations of impropriety.
- Managers should be informed of any personal relationship between two employees in the same working environment and be assured that this does not cause a conflict of interest.
- Cash or equivalents cannot be accepted
- If any action is likely to cause embarrassment to either the recipient or the company it should not be accepted.
- All employees have an obligation to safeguard confidentiality of any information both during employment and thereafter.
- Misuse of 'inside' information is prohibited and carries both civil and criminal penalties.
- Affiliation to our company cannot be declared to any other organisation without the express written approval of a senior manager.
- If in doubt staff should consult his or her manager and/or the Company Secretary's department.