Ethical policy templates

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Our Ethical Policy Templates promote ethical behavior, safeguarding company values, and mitigating potential risks.

If you need policies to communicate your company rules and support regarding ethical working, these policy templates provide an effective legal framework.

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What are Ethical Policies?

Ethical policies are guidelines or principles that outline an organisation's commitment to behaving in an ethical and responsible manner. These policies may cover a wide range of topics, such as environmental sustainability, human rights, labour practices, animal welfare, and community engagement.

Ethical policies are important for several reasons. First, they help to establish a culture of ethical behaviour within an organisation, which can improve employee morale and help to attract and retain customers who value ethical business practices. Second, ethical policies can help to reduce the risk of legal or reputational harm to the organisation, by ensuring that it complies with relevant laws and regulations and operates in an ethical manner. Finally, ethical policies can help to promote positive social and environmental outcomes, by encouraging organisations to consider the broader impacts of their actions on society and the environment.

Overall, ethical policies help organisations to establish and maintain a reputation for integrity, accountability, and social responsibility, which can be beneficial both for the organisation and for the wider society.

Ethical policy templates
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What legal and best practice aspects should employers be aware of?

Here are some key UK employment legislation considerations to keep in mind when implementing ethical policies:

  • The Equality Act 2010: This legislation prohibits discrimination on the basis of protected characteristics such as age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation. Ethical policies must not discriminate against any particular group of employees or disadvantage individuals with protected characteristics.

  • The Human Rights Act 1998: This legislation incorporates the European Convention on Human Rights into UK law. Ethical policies must respect the human rights of employees and not infringe on their right to privacy, freedom of expression, or other fundamental rights.

  • The Bribery Act 2010: This legislation makes it a criminal offense to offer, promise, or give a bribe, or to request, agree to receive, or accept a bribe. Ethical policies must ensure that employees do not engage in any form of bribery or corruption, and must set out the procedures for reporting and dealing with any suspected breaches.

  • The Modern Slavery Act 2015: This legislation requires companies with a turnover of £36 million or more to publish an annual statement outlining the steps they have taken to prevent modern slavery in their operations and supply chains. Ethical policies must ensure that companies comply with these requirements and take steps to identify and address any modern slavery risks.

  • The Data Protection Act 2018: This legislation sets out the requirements for the collection, use, and storage of personal data. Ethical policies must ensure that any data collected as part of ethical practices is done in compliance with this legislation.

  • The Employment Rights Act 1996: This legislation sets out various employee rights, including the right to be treated fairly and not to be unfairly dismissed. Ethical policies must comply with these rights and not result in employees being treated unfairly or unlawfully.

  • The Companies Act 2006: This legislation sets out the requirements for company reporting and disclosure. Ethical policies must ensure that companies comply with these requirements and disclose any relevant information relating to ethical practices.

Ethical policy templates contents

Anti-bribery policy template

Our Anti-Bribery Policy template ensures clear guidelines, safeguarding against corruption risks and upholding ethical business practices.

£ 20
Corporate social responsibility policy template

Use this model Corporate Social Responsibility policy to detail the ways in which your organisation regulates itself to ensure that its activities positively affect society as a whole.

£ 20
Ethics policy template

Use this model ethics policy to define how people within your organiation will interact with one another, as well as how they will interact with customers or clients and suppliers of goods or services.

£ 20
Modern slavery policy template

Our Modern Slavery Policy template equips organisations to address regulatory requirements and ethical concerns seamlessly, ensuring responsible practices.

£ 20
Whistleblowing policy template

Use this model whistleblowing policy to detail the framework in which employees and others who have serious concerns about any aspect of your business can voice those concerns.

£ 20

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