Policies

Anti-corruption program

1. Policy Statement

CDEP Research Pvt Ltd is committed to conducting its business activities with integrity, transparency, and in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, including anti-corruption laws. Corruption in any form is strictly prohibited, and all employees are expected to adhere to the highest standards of ethical conduct in their interactions with clients, government officials, and other stakeholders.

2. Anti-Corruption Policies

2.1. Bribery and Corruption Policy:

– CDEP Research Pvt Ltd prohibits bribery and corruption in all forms, including offering, giving, soliciting, or accepting bribes or improper inducements to influence business decisions or gain an unfair advantage.

– Employees are prohibited from making, promising, or authorizing payments or other benefits, directly or indirectly, to government officials, political parties, or any other individuals or entities, in exchange for favorable treatment or business opportunities.

2.2. Gifts and Hospitality Policy:

– CDEP Research Pvt Ltd maintains strict guidelines regarding the acceptance and giving of gifts, hospitality, or other business courtesies to and from clients, government officials, and other stakeholders.

– Employees must comply with the firm’s Gifts and Hospitality Policy, which sets forth criteria for the acceptance and giving of gifts, including disclosure requirements and approval procedures for gifts above a certain threshold.

2.3. Conflicts of Interest Policy:

– CDEP Research Pvt Ltd requires employees to avoid conflicts of interest that may arise from personal, financial, or other relationships that could impair their judgment or compromise their integrity.

– Employees must disclose any actual or potential conflicts of interest to the Compliance Officer or another designated authority, and appropriate measures will be taken to mitigate or eliminate such conflicts.

2.4. Whistleblower Policy:

– CDEP Research Pvt Ltd encourages employees to report any suspected violations of the firm’s anti-corruption policies or unethical conduct through the firm’s Whistleblower Policy.

– The firm prohibits retaliation against employees who make good faith reports of suspected violations, and all reports will be promptly and thoroughly investigated.

3. Employee Training

3.1. Anti-Corruption Training:

– All employees of CDEP Research Pvt Ltd will receive comprehensive training on the firm’s anti-corruption policies, including bribery and corruption, gifts and hospitality, conflicts of interest, and whistleblower procedures.

– Training sessions will be conducted regularly, both during onboarding for new employees and through periodic refresher courses to reinforce awareness and understanding of anti-corruption principles.

3.2. Case Studies and Scenarios:

– Training sessions will include case studies and scenarios tailored to the specific roles and responsibilities of employees within the advocacy firm.

– Practical examples will help employees recognize potential corruption risks and learn how to respond appropriately to challenging situations they may encounter in their work.

3.3. Certification and Acknowledgment:

– Upon completion of anti-corruption training, employees will be required to certify their understanding of the firm’s anti-corruption policies and their commitment to compliance.

– Employees will also acknowledge their responsibility to report any suspected violations or unethical conduct in accordance with the firm’s Whistleblower Policy.

4. Monitoring and Enforcement

4.1. Compliance Oversight:

– The Compliance Officer (or designated individual) will oversee the implementation of the firm’s anti-corruption program and ensure ongoing compliance with anti-corruption policies.

– Regular audits and assessments will be conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of the program and identify areas for improvement.

4.2. Investigations and Disciplinary Action:

– Allegations of corruption or violations of anti-corruption policies will be promptly and thoroughly investigated by the Compliance Officer or another designated authority.

– If violations are substantiated, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken, up to and including termination of employment, in accordance with the firm’s disciplinary procedures and applicable laws.

5. Communication and Awareness

5.1. Communication Channels:

– CDEP Research Pvt Ltd will communicate its anti-corruption policies and expectations to all employees through internal channels, including employee handbooks, intranet portals, and staff meetings.

– Regular updates and reminders will be provided to reinforce the importance of compliance with anti-corruption principles.

5.2. External Communication:

– The firm will also communicate its commitment to ethical conduct and compliance with anti-corruption laws to clients, partners, and other external stakeholders through its website, marketing materials, and other public channels.

6. Continuous Improvement

6.1. Evaluation and Feedback:

– CDEP Research Pvt Ltd will solicit feedback from employees on the effectiveness of the anti-corruption program and opportunities for improvement.

– Suggestions for enhancements to policies, training materials, or procedures will be considered and implemented as appropriate to strengthen the firm’s anti-corruption efforts.

6.2. Stay Informed:

– The firm will stay informed about developments in anti-corruption laws and best practices in anti-corruption compliance to ensure that its policies and procedures remain up-to-date and effective.

7. Conclusion

By adhering to this comprehensive anti-corruption program, employees of CDEP Research Pvt Ltd demonstrate their commitment to ethical conduct, integrity, and compliance with anti-corruption laws and regulations in all aspects of their work.

 

Code of Conduct

1. Integrity and Honesty: We conduct all policy advocacy activities with integrity, honesty, and transparency, ensuring that our actions are guided by ethical principles at all times.

2. Mission Alignment: We align our advocacy efforts with the mission, values, and objectives of our clients, working diligently to advance their interests while upholding the public good.

3. Transparency: We believe in transparency in our advocacy efforts. We disclose all relevant information to clients, stakeholders, and the public to foster trust and accountability.

4. Independence: We maintain our independence and objectivity in advocating for policies that benefit our clients, avoiding any undue influence or conflicts of interest that may compromise our integrity.

5. Inclusivity and Diversity: We promote inclusivity and diversity in our advocacy efforts, ensuring that the voices of all stakeholders, especially those traditionally marginalized or underrepresented, are heard and considered.

6. Evidence-Based Advocacy: We base our advocacy on sound research, data, and evidence, striving to provide informed and reasoned arguments to support our policy recommendations.

7. Respectful Engagement: We engage with policymakers, government officials, and other stakeholders in a respectful and constructive manner, fostering dialogue and collaboration to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes.

8. Confidentiality: We respect the confidentiality of client information and sensitive discussions, maintaining strict confidentiality unless authorized to disclose information by the client or required by law.

9. Compliance with Laws and Regulations: We comply with all applicable laws, regulations, and ethical standards governing policy advocacy activities in the jurisdictions in which we operate.

10. Avoidance of Unethical Practices: We refrain from engaging in unethical practices, such as bribery, corruption, or misrepresentation, in the pursuit of our advocacy objectives.

11. Continuous Learning and Improvement: We continuously educate ourselves on emerging policy issues, best practices in advocacy, and changes in laws and regulations, striving to improve our effectiveness and impact.

12. Accountability: We hold ourselves accountable for upholding this Code of Conduct and take responsibility for any actions or decisions that may impact our clients, stakeholders, or the public.

By adhering to this Code of Conduct, we demonstrate our commitment to ethical behavior, professionalism, and the highest standards of integrity in our policy advocacy efforts.