Our Ethics and Values

Options is committed to the highest standards of ethical conduct and integrity in all its business activities both in the UK and overseas.

We provide an environment which safeguards all clients, sub-contractors, staff, consultants, volunteers and beneficiaries of our programmes. We work hard to ensure we have an organisational culture that promotes such an environment and also have in place a series of policies that provide the framework under which we operate. These polices include our Code of Conduct, Equal Opportunities, Whistleblowing and Anti-fraud and bribery.

Our Code of Conduct sets out the standards of behaviour we expect from all of our staff, consultants and sub-contractors. The Code highlights the principles and themes that ensure Options manages its day to day activity in line with the needs of clients, staff, end users and other stakeholders. Options aims to be an inclusive organisation where diversity is valued and an organisation for which all of our employees are proud to work.

Options values its membership of the UN Global Compact. Our Code of Conduct reflects the Labour Principles within Compact, specifically the upholding and protection of internationally proclaimed human rights. We will not be complicit either directly or indirectly in any activity, or support any operation, which abuses human rights.

We also adopt a robust approach towards tackling modern slavery and human trafficking. Our policy highlights our commitment towards zero tolerance and this includes any form of slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour in our own processes or that of our supply chain.

Fraud and bribery in any of our operations or in dealings with third parties is totally unacceptable. We have clear policies in place covering our standards and management practices in this area and auditing and reporting mechanisms in operation. Where allegations of fraud or bribery have arisen we work in close conjunction and co-operation with our clients and, where appropriate, statutory bodies.

Options recognises the importance of protecting the environment. We continually look at how to improve our practices to contribute to sustainability and limit any adverse impact on the environment.

We expect all our contractors and partners to adopt the same high standards and take this into account through our due diligence procedures and include specific requirements, as necessary, in any contracts we issue.

Our policies and procedures are covered in staff training and inductions sessions. This helps ensure staff understand any legal requirements, the standards we expect of them and know how they can raise potential issues of concern.

For further information please email information@options.co.uk. If there are any points of concern that you wish to bring to the attention of the company please email options-compliance@options.co.uk and a member of the senior management team will follow up.

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