You should familiarise yourself with this Code of Conduct and conduct yourself in accordance with its principles. In particular you are required to:-
- discharge public functions reasonably and according to the law;
- recognise and follow any ethical standards governing your profession;
- adhere to the BBSRC Statement on Safeguarding Good Scientific Practice - see appendix A12b:3. Failure to do so may be regarded as gross misconduct under the disciplinary rules - see appendix A12b:4i;
comply with financial rules and regulations.
- your accountability to the Council of the BBSRC
- the respective roles of the BBSRC and the Office of Science and Innovation as set out in the Management Statement and Financial Memorandum
- the overall responsibility of the Secretary of State for the Department of Trade and Industry
2.3 Your attention is drawn to the terms of the employment code in relation to private interests and the possible conflict with public duty section A10, the disclosure of official information section A13, and political activities appendix A10:10. If you are involved in decisions on commercial contracts, technology transfer and the exploitation of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) you must ensure that any possible conflicts of interests are identified and resolved at an early stage. The Chief Executive as accounting officer is responsible to the BBSRC Council and the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry for employee propriety, including conduct and discipline in the BBSRC Office.
2.4 It is a serious criminal offence for you to receive, accept, or attempt to obtain any gift or consideration for doing, or not doing anything, or showing favour or disfavour, to any person in their official capacity. Under the Prevention of Corruption Act 1916, you may be required to provide evidence that the receipt of payment or other consideration from someone seeking to obtain a contract is not corrupt.
2.5 If you deal with the public you should do so sympathetically, efficiently, promptly, and without bias or maladministration. The public is entitled to expect the highest standards of conduct and service from BBSRC employees.
You are expected to ensure the proper, economic and efficient use of all public resources within your control. You should not misuse your official position or information acquired in the course of your work with BBSRC to further your private interests or those of others. You should not receive benefits of any kind from a third party which might reasonably be seen by members of the public to compromise your personal judgement and integrity see appendix A10:2 for Code on Gifts and Material Hospitality.
You owe a general duty of confidentiality to your employer under civil law. You are therefore required to protect official information held in confidence. You are also expected to continue to observe your duty of confidentiality after you have left BBSRC employment. See HRG guidance note: Data Protection Act 1998 (PDF 152KB) and Freedom of Information.
If you believe that you are being required to act in a way which:-
- is illegal, improper or unethical
- is in breach of constitutional convention or a professional code
- raises a fundamental issue of conscience
- is otherwise inconsistent with this code or
- may involve possible maladministration
you should raise the matter through your line management chain or approach in confidence a member of the BBSRC Council. You should also draw attention to cases where:-
- you believe there is evidence that the rules of propriety have been breached elsewhere in the organisation, but where you have not been personally involved
- there is evidence of criminal or unlawful activity by others
If you raise a matter as set out above, and believe that the response does not represent a reasonable response to your grounds of concern, you may report the matter in writing to the Chairperson of the Council.