The Rachel’s List Code of Ethics has been designed to outline the company identity, reputation and brand through our ethics and values. Having such a code informs the world about who we are, lets our publics know what we stand for, and lets potential clients and employees know what to expect through our business dealings with them. While some companies use codes as a moral compass for employees Rachel’s List code is written from the stand that our employees are of the highest calibre and already employ ethical behavior. Available on the website, as well as given out during employee inductions, the code has predominantly been written to inform our publics; colleagues, contractors, clients and the community we inhabit, about the way we conduct ourselves in our working relationships and how, following the Golden Rule, we in return expect to be dealt with.
However, given that Rachel’s List expects its employees to ‘live by this code’ when it is annually reviewed it will be done so with all employees present. Having agreed to it, written it, owned it this code will then be enforceable by senior management with potential penalties including termination of employment. Should an employee disagree, or feel the need to complain about a course of action that cannot be resolved informally then a written account should be submitted to the Rachel’s List management board with a request to investigate and or review the matter, as applicable, as swiftly as possible. It is also important to recognise that as the way we do business changes, the ways in which we communicate, i.e. the arrival of social media does too. Therefore our Code of Ethics is a living document that will be regularly reviewed to reflect the changes of the world it inhabits and the demands placed on it.