Maintain high standard of ethics & business integrity
The business decisions of ICT employees should not be influenced by factors other than business considerations. Third parties doing business with ICT must not get the impression that they can derive benefit from giving business gifts and/or other favours to individual employees. Eliciting and accepting a bribe in any form is unacceptable and will result in immediate dismissal.
ICT employees and contractors will not offer payments or gifts or make certain promises to clients or third parties (or any employees thereof) in order to obtain business contracts or to positively influence a purchase or procurement procedure. ICT has outlined its anti-bribery and anti-corruption principles in its Code of Conduct.
ICT may not make payments to any political parties, organisations or their representatives. ICT and its employees will respect national and international competition laws and refrain from entering into agreements between ICT and other enterprises which may limit competition, including restrictive agreements on issues such as price, delivery conditions, market allocation, production and marketing. No incidents of corruption were reported in the year under review, nor have any legal actions been taken in this respect.
Corporate Social Responsibility governance
As Corporate Social Responsibility is high on ICT’s agenda, ownership for the CSR strategy lies with ICT Group’s Executive Board, as does policy-setting based on this strategy. Execution of the CSR strategy is the responsibility of ICT Group’s financial controller and sustainability officer.
Progress on the CSR targets is measured by the financial controller and sustainability officer on a quarterly basis. The results are summarised in internal quarterly progress reports. The progress and results based on the KPIs are reported once a year in the Annual Report. External progress reports are prepared on a semi-annual basis with regard to specific CO₂ targets. ICT’s Executive Board monitors the progress achieved on the implementation of the CSR strategy and results.
ICT is eager to engage in community investment initiatives. ICT encourages employees to contribute to ‘making the world a bit smarter’ in a societal context, actively urging them to contribute their knowledge and expertise to meaningful initiatives including educational projects, developing tools for non-profit organisations and supporting initiatives that promote an interest in technology among young people. Other initiatives taken in 2018 included a € 25,000 donation to a number of charities during the ICT golf day and fundraising in support of Dutch cancer charity KWF Kankerbestrijding.