British Inventor's Society

Code of Conduct

PRINCIPLES FOR THE CONDUCT OF BUSINESS

The British Inventors Society (BIS) aspires to the following principles as the ethical foundation for the conduct of business. Its members and those who seek BIS endorsement are expected to conduct their business activities within the spirit of these principles.

THE PRINCIPLES:

INTEGRITY

To relate to others in an honest, sincere and ethical manner, such that the laws of the land are respected and the good reputation of BIS is maintained and enhanced; declaring possible conflicts of interest at an appropriately early stage in a discussion or relationship.

PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS

To use all reasonable endeavours to provide the best professional support to other parties; by being competent, reliable, trustworthy and sufficiently open to ensure others do not feel aggrieved by inadequate personal performance, or suffer as a result of misbehaviour or misconduct; to engage in an appropriate programme of personal professional development.

RESPECT FOR OTHERS

To treat others with fairness, discretion and confidentiality - whether implied verbally, by informal note or formal undertaking; to avoid wasting time or making excessive demands that might impede or interfere with the other party's normal business conduct. To show courage, constancy and commitment, particularly where any form of risk has been taken by the parties involved.

WISDOM

To undertake assignments only for which one is competent to act; not to impart advice without proper knowledge or relevant experience; to make reasonable endeavours to acquire, understand and apply knowledge before seeking advice; to learn from others with confidence and humour, but not at their expense; to accept rejection with good grace and not harbour resentment at apparent failure to meet expectations.