As any failure in standards either by a security organisation or individual reflects adversely on the entire security profession, ASIRS and its members are committed to the highest standards to engender trust in all of its members and other stakeholders.
ASIRS requires its members to maintain the highest ethical standards and behaviour, so that those standards are transferred into the profession as a whole and so that the good name and standing of ASIRS is maintained. In complying with this code of conduct, members may sometimes find that the standards appear contrary to their personal self-interest; this document therefore intended to act as a guide to members in the identification of occasions when they might be at risk of failing to recognise or conform to the required standards of conduct.
Code of Conduct
- Members are required to follow the ethical rules and procedures set out below. ‘Member’ includes Affiliates, Associates, Members and Fellow.
- Members should behave with integrity in all professional and business relationships. Integrity implies not merely honesty but also fair dealing and truthfulness. Members should observe the terms of their employment, however such terms or conditions of employment cannot require members to be implicated in any dishonest transaction.
- Where encouraged or instructed to engage in any activity that is unlawful, members are required to decline following the instruction. If a member becomes aware that his or her employers have committed an unlawful act, every effort should be made to persuade the employer not to continue the unlawful activity and to rectify the matter. If an employee would feel uncomfortable about defending an action or activity in open court or to the press, then it is likely that such action should be avoided on ethical grounds.
- Members are required to conduct their business in accordance with the laws of the country in which they operate and, when overseas, in accordance with the laws of the host country. Members working overseas are required to comply with local laws and should, in a country in which the profession is controlled by a reputable body, adhere to any local ethical guidance and good practice, even though to do so may not be strictly in accordance with these rules and procedures. Members working in a country in which the profession is not so guided or controlled should follow the guidance of the Institute unless the well established and generally accepted legally worked practice of local reputable firms is to the contrary.
- Members should carry out their professional work with due skill, care, diligence and expedition, and with proper regard for the technical and professional standards expected of them as Institute members. In agreeing to carry out professional work, members imply they have the level of competence to perform those services and that their knowledge, skill and experience will be applied with reasonable care and diligence. Members should not accept or perform work that they are not competent to undertake unless they obtain such advice and assistance from a suitably qualified person to enable them to carry out the work in a competent and professional manner.
- Members should strive for objectivity in all professional and business judgments. In this regard members should avoid situations giving rise to a conflict of interest. Conflicts of interest have an important bearing on objectivity and independence, and could be relevant where there is any relationship or situation affecting a member or firm, or any business or other interest held by the member or firm, which may threaten or appear to threaten objectivity. The member concerned should consider the possible need to disclose the relationship, situation or interest to the affected parties. If it cannot be disclosed, the member should refuse or discontinue the assignment.
- Conflicts of interest may arise where the interests of two or more clients are in conflict. There is, however, nothing improper in a member having two or more clients whose interests may potentially be in conflict with each other, as long as the activities of the member’s business are managed so as to avoid the work on behalf of one client adversely affecting that on behalf of another. Where a member believes that the situation can be managed, appropriate and adequate disclosure should be made to the parties concerned, together with details of any proposed safeguards to preserve confidentiality and manage such conflict.
- Members should be aware of the difficulties which may arise from the offer or acceptance of any gift, favour or hospitality that may be intended to influence the recipient or which could be interpreted by a reasonable person in full possession of the facts as likely to have that effect.
- Any report should be prepared with integrity and objectivity. Reports should be accurate, truthful and, within its scope, both complete and balanced. It should not rely on ambiguities or half-truths, but should be objectively justifiable and should not be based on unreasonable assumptions.
- A member engaging an individual or firm to undertake security work on behalf of a client should ascertain that the individual or firm complies with the ethical standards of the Institute.
- Members operating as consultants or as partners or principals in companies offering security services shall be required to comply with this code of conduct and in addition, should operate their businesses to the highest ethical standards.
- A member should not enter into arrangements to provide services to clients of another firm unless satisfied that the firm operates in accordance with ethical standards governing members of ASIRS.
- A member must not make derogatory references to or unfavourable comparisons with the services of other ASIRS members or their employers.
- Members are required to maintain complete confidentiality about their dealings with clients, unless specifically authorised to reveal information by the individual customers involved or there is a legal requirement or professional duty to disclose information.
- Members acquiring or receiving confidential information in the course of their professional work should neither use nor appear to use that information for their personal advantage or the advantage of a third party.
- By joining ASIRS, all members shall be deemed to understand the requirements of this ethics policy, and undertake to abide by it.