The purpose of this Conflict of Interest Policy is to establish guidelines and procedures to identify and manage conflicts of interest that may arise in the course of conducting business at Wordhoard Communications (“the Business”). This policy is designed to protect the integrity of our services, maintain trust with clients, and uphold the highest standards of professionalism.
2. Definition of Conflict of Interest
A conflict of interest arises when an employee’s personal interests or activities interfere, or appear to interfere, with the interests of Wordhoard Communications. Conflicts may also arise where Wordhoard’s activities work against the interest of clients or compromise our ability to provide impartial advice and support.
3. Identifying Conflicts of Interest
Employees of Wordhoard Communications and contractors are responsible for promptly identifying and disclosing any actual or potential conflicts of interest to the Business and potential/existing clients. This includes situations where an employee, a family member, or close associate has a financial interest, personal relationship, or any other connection with a client, supplier, competitor, or any other party that could compromise the Business’s integrity.
4. Examples of Conflicts of Interest
Examples of conflicts of interest may include, but are not limited to:
- Financial interests (ownership, investments, loans) in a client or competitor.
- Accepting gifts, favours, or other benefits from clients, suppliers, or competitors.
- Engaging in activities that compete with or are adverse to Wordhoard Communications’ interests or those of its clients.
- Having simultaneous consulting relatonships with competing organisations.
- Not disclosing relevant roles or relationships arising from professional, voluntary, or personal activities.
- Agreeing to prepare a funding bid that will compete with another client’s bid.
5. Disclosure Process
Upon identification of a potential conflict of interest, employees must promptly disclose the conflict to their supervisor or the designated person within Wordhoard Communications. The disclosure should include all relevant details and be made in writing.
6. Evaluation and Management
Wordhoard Communications will review each disclosed conflict of interest to determine the level of risk and potential impact on the business. Depending on the nature of the conflict, the Company may take appropriate steps to manage or eliminate the conflict, which may include recusal from certain projects, divestment of financial interests, or other measures, such as prompt disclosure to clients.
All information related to conflicts of interest disclosures will be treated with utmost confidentiality. Only individuals directly involved in evaluating and managing the conflict will have access to the disclosed information.
8. Training and Education
Wordhoard Communications will provide regular training and education to employees/contractors to ensure awareness of this policy and the importance of identifying and managing conflicts of interest.
9. Consequences of Non-Compliance
Failure to disclose conflicts of interest or comply with this policy may result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment/contract.
10. Review and Revision
This policy will be reviewed periodically and revised as necessary to ensure its effectiveness and compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
I have read and understood the Conflict of Interest Policy of Wordhoard Communications. I agree to promptly disclose any conflicts of interest that may arise during the course of my employment with the Business.