Code of Conduct

Acting professionally. Doing business with integrity. Upholding our clients' reputations as well as our own. Treating people and the environment honestly and with respect. Acting in a socially responsible manner. Working together and thinking about the way we work. Considering the ethical dimensions of our actions. All these things sound quite logical. It is only logical we uphold these values every day as we take pride in the fact that our products and services add value by helping to create trust in products, processes and organisations.

The Kiwa Code of Conduct is meant as a frame of mind for employees and as a statement towards all Kiwa stakeholders. The Code should be used as a guideline for everyone working at or for Kiwa to act wisely and according to common sense when it comes to proper behaviour.

8 statements

Our Code of Conduct and Compliance consist of 8 statements that all Kiwa employees should adhere to:

Integrity

Kiwa operates in a professional, independent, impartial and ethical manner in all its activities. This entails carrying out work honestly, tolerating no deviation from approved methods and procedures and reporting actual findings and professional opinions.

Conflicts of interest

Kiwa avoids conflicts of interest with any related entity in which it has a financial or commercial interest and to which it is required to provide services.

Fair business conduct

Kiwa respects standards of business ethics, competition compliance and integrity and will not do anything to bring its reputation into disrepute.

Anti-bribery

Kiwa prohibits the offer, gifting or acceptance of a bribe in any form, including kickbacks on any portion of a contract payment. No improper benefits will be received or provided in doing business.

Confidentiality and data protection

Kiwa respects the confidentiality and privacy of information of companies and persons doing business with Kiwa as well as of Kiwa employees and ensures processes are in place to adequately protect such information.

Competence

Kiwa employees will have the right capabilities and are competent to perform their job. This is supported by regular education and training.

Fair labour and ethical behaviour

Kiwa is aware of its social responsibility for its employees and the people, communities and environments in which it works. Kiwa acts with honesty and fairness while respecting human rights, equality, dignity and diversity of its employees.

Health and safety

Kiwa provides a safe working environment to protect the health and safety of employees, customers and third parties.

TIC Council

Our Code of Conduct and Compliance is based on the requirements in the compliance framework of the TIC Council of which Kiwa is a member. The TIC Council is the international umbrella organisation of well-reputed TIC companies. It stands for best practices and highest standards in safety, quality, health, ethics and sustainability. Our CEO Paul Hesselink is a member of the TIC Council Global Board.

Annual verification

To ensure the effectiveness of our Code of Conduct and Compliance, we subject ourself to an annual independent verification. The results are reported to the Kiwa Compliance Committee, the Kiwa Supervisory and Executive Board and the TIC Council and are used for taking action if appropriate.