In 1994 John Major, the then Prime Minister, announced the establishment of a Committee on Standards in Public Life, under the Chairmanship of Lord Nolan. It is an independent public body which advises government on ethical standards across the whole of public life in the UK.
Lord Nolan began the First Report of his Committee, published in May 1995, by setting out what he called “The Seven Principles of Public Life”, often described as “the Nolan Principles”.
We believe that the Seven Principles of Public Life are equally important in business and we have adopted them as the underlying principles of engagement with I/O Breviti.
It is a sad inditement that company decisions are often made for the benefit of the decision makers rather than the benefit of the company, but it happens.
Without exception, all decisions and recommendations made by the I/O Breviti team, as individuals or collectively, will be made and given solely in terms of the interests of the client.
We will always avoid placing ourselves under any obligation to people or organisations that might try to influence our decisions and recommendations inappropriately.
We will never advise on decisions or make recommendations in order to gain financially or materially for ourselves, our families or our friends.
We will always provide advice on decisions and make recommendations impartially, fairly and based on merit, the best evidence available and without discrimination or bias.
We will not offer our services and deliver advice based on the potential for developing further business.
What you need is what you get.
Accountability is essential for the integrity and prosperity of any organisation or society.
To thet end, we are all accountable for our decisions and for the recommendations that we make.
We will ensure that our decisions and recommendations are documented, available and open to scrutiny as appropriate.
We work for our clients, for the benefit of our clients.
Our interests are the interests of our clients and we will work together to ensure that all pertinent information is shared, in both directions.
We will always act in an open and transparent manner
Honesty is that most valuable of commodities that is sometimes in shorter supply than it should be.
Without honesty, we have nothing.
We endeavour to adhere to the principles of leadership in our own behaviours, but we work for our clients and will always take our leadership cues from them.
We will actively promote and robustly support the principles of good leadership, and we are also ready and willing to challenge poor behaviour wherever it occurs.