Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct

quantumiii - Professional Management & Competitive Intelligence Consultants

1. Purpose

The purpose of this Code is to identify those professional obligations which serve to protect the public in general and quantumiii clients in particular. The Code is also designed to identify the expectations of associates with respect to other associates and with respect to the management consulting and competitive intelligence profession.

2. Definitions

"Associate" is any individual formally recognised by and in good standing with the Pretoria, South Africa based management and competitive intelligence firm quantumiii Consultants also trading as Qiii hereafter referred to as quantumiii - and actively involved in a current quantumiii project

"Profession" is the work and activities engaged in by natural persons when advising and assisting clients with aspects pertaining to the management and competitive intelligence needs and requirements of the client business.

3. Responsibilities To The Public

Legal:

An associate shall act in accordance with all applicable legislation and laws.

Representation:

An associate shall make representations on behalf quantumiii, or other quantumiii associates only when duly authorised.

Public Protection:

An associate shall be liable for suspension or exclusion from quantumiii-associateship where that associate has behaved in a manner unbecoming to the profession, as judged by the Executive of quantumiii.

4. Responsibilities To The Profession

Knowledge:

An associate shall keep informed of the applicable Code of Professional Conduct and the profession's common body of knowledge.

An associate shall strive to keep abreast of developments in any area of the profession where specific expertise is claimed.

Self Discipline:

An associate shall recognise that the self disciplinary nature of the profession is a privilege and that the associate has a responsibility to merit retention of this privilege. Therefore, a associate shall report to the quantumiii Executive unbecoming professional conduct by another associate.

Responsibilities For Others:

An associate shall ensure that other consultants carrying out work on the associate's behalf are conversant with, and abide by, the applicable Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.

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While involved with a current quantumiii project:

 

  • An associate shall behave in a manner which maintains the good reputation of the profession and its ability to serve the public interest.
  • An associate shall behave in a manner which maintains the good reputation of quantumiii and its ability to serve clients.
  • An associate shall avoid activities which adversely affect the quality of that associate's professional advice.
  • An associate may not carry on business which clearly detracts from the associate's professional status.

 

5. Responsibilities To Other Associates

Review Of A Associate's Work:

A associate who has been requested to review critically the work of another associate shall inform that associate before undertaking the work.

6. Responsibilities To The Client

Due Care:

An associate shall act in the best interest of the client, providing professional services with integrity, objectivity, and independence.

An associate shall not encourage unrealistic client expectations.

Business Development:

An associate shall not adopt any method of obtaining business which detracts from the professional image of quantumiii or its associates.

Competence:

An associate shall accept only those assignments which the associate has the knowledge and skills to perform.

Informed Client:

An associate shall, in accepting an assignment , reach a mutual understanding with quantumiii and the client as to the assignment objectives, scope and work plan.

Fee Arrangements:

An associate shall establish fee arrangements with quantumiii in advance of any substantive work and shall inform all relevant parties when such arrangements may impair or may be seen to impair the objectivity or independence of the associate.

An associate shall not enter into fee arrangements which have the potential to compromise the associate's integrity or the quality of services rendered.

Conflict:

An associate shall avoid acting simultaneously for two or more clients in potentially conflicting situations without informing all parties in advance and securing their agreement to the arrangement.

An associate shall inform quantumiii of any interest which may impair or may be seen to impair professional judgment.

An associate shall not take advantage of a client relationship by encouraging, unless by way of an advertisement, an employee of that client to consider alternate employment without prior discussion with the client.

Confidentiality:

An associate shall treat all quantumiii and client information as confidential.

Objectivity:

An associate shall refrain from serving a client under terms or conditions which impair independence and an associate shall reserve the right to withdraw from the assignment if such becomes the case.

Please Contact Albert Cruywagen the Chief Executive of quantumiii with any observation, query or comment in the above regard: Mobile/SMS/Text: +27 82 823 3280   e-mail: albert@quantum3.co.za