As we do so much work with public bodies, we are very aware of the Seven Principles of Public Life (Nolan Principles) promoted by the Committee on Standards in Public Life (Nolan Committee). We have adapted these for our work as consultants:
As well as meeting the needs of our clients we always aim as consultants to act in terms of the public interest. Beyond our clearly negotiated compensation, we do not seek financial or other material benefits for ourselves, our family or friends.
We do not place ourselves under any financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organisations that might seek to influence us in the performance of our work.
In carrying out our business, including making appointments, awarding contracts, or recommending individuals for rewards and benefits, we make choices on merit.
We accept that we are accountable for our decisions and actions and will submit ourselves to whatever scrutiny is appropriate to the work we are conducting at that time.
Within the constraints of our contracts, we aim to be as open as possible about all the decisions and actions that we take. We give reasons for our decisions and encourage openness wherever possible in the organisations we work with.
We always declare any private interests relating to our work and take steps to resolve any conflicts arising in a way that protects our clients and where appropriate the public interest.
We aim to promote and support these principles by leadership and example.