1. Open Communication
BRIGHTSiGHT VERITAS was set up as a Collective Intelligence Generator and a Multiplier of Business and of Progress to provide solutions and services on consultancy in an exciting new way, channeling different expertise and qualifications to a common understanding and/or result. We encourage and promote the open communication of the experts of our community, while we become the appropriate environment for Intelligence Sharing during each project.
2. Privacy and Confidentiality
BRIGHTSiGHT VERITAS and all affiliated members keep the client information and/or records of client activity confidential; we will only use proprietary client information with the client's permission and written consent. We will assure no one will ever take advantage of confidential client information, to the extend this is technically possible.
BRIGHTSiGHT VERITAS respects the privacy of the affiliated members and commits not to allow any use of their information from third parties prior to their consent. We will never publish our affiliated members’ names but we strongly encourage them to take our Pledge socially, exploring the advantages and power of demonstrated social commitment.
3. Proprietary Rights
The BRIGHTSiGHT VERITAS Thinking Network of Experts and the BRIGHTSiGHT VERITAS Thinking Mind Tank, along with all BSV related materials, networks and/or contacts are under the BRIGHTSiGHT VERITAS property and no affiliated member has the right to use the BRIGHTSiGHT VERITAS name, materials, networks and/or contacts, along with any given information that may have come under his/her understanding/knowledge within a BSV assignment or activity , without the written consent of the BSV Management.
4. Trust Protection Clause
It is forbidden to all BSV connected personnel and/or affiliated member to use their position with BSV or the BSV Thinking Network or the BSV Thinking Mind Tank or the BSV Community, or any BSV property or information, to compete with the BRIGHTSiGHT VERITAS or personally gain or benefit from opportunities or ideas developed in the course of your assignment under BSV.
These opportunities and ideas are the property of BSV and a conflict of interest may exist if you use them for personal benefit without prior written consent from BSV, for which all rights are reserved from BSV.
One may not use his/her position with the BSV Thinking Consultant Network of Experts or any other BSV connected activity for the benefit of any third person or organization, even if he/she does not personally benefit directly or indirectly, unless a prior written consent from BSV Management is delivered.
Respecting human dignity and the integrity of the BSV personnel and affiliated consultants is a core interest of the BRIGHTSiGHT VERITAS. All our personnel and affiliated consultants should always be treated with fairness and respect from our clients and/or third partners. In the same time, we do not tolerate any other kind of behavior deriving from our personnel and/or affiliated members towards our clients and/or third parties. We will not tolerate degrading or humiliating jokes, slurs, intimidation or any harassing conduct toward others and we are particularly sensitive against racial prejudices and xenophobic remarks of any kind and direction. We believe in the protection of the dignity of the human nature and we promote it as a whole, defending it as a whole in the same time.
BRIGHTSiGHT VERITAS considers as harassment the unwelcome sexual advances or proposition, requests for sexual favors, business or personal threats of any kind, as well as unwanted physical contact. Harassment may also include inappropriate and distasteful comments about a person's age, race, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, disability or national origin and is never tolerated from the BSV.
We strongly encourage all our personnel and affiliated members to report any possible violation of the Harassment Clause to the BSV Management so our Legal Unit defends their rights under our corporate policy. Furthermore we state our unwillingness to tolerate any harassment coming from our personnel and/or our affiliated members for whatsoever reason and this may conclude to disciplinary and/or legal actions from BSV against the person responsible.
6. Equal Employment Opportunity
We value workforce inclusion and the unique contribution that each of our consultants brings to the SSC Consultant Network. We believe that we benefit from the different skills and experiences of consultants from a host of different backgrounds. We prohibit discrimination based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, citizenship status, veteran status, and disability.
7. Natural Capital
The BRIGHTSiGHT VERITAS Commitment to the Natural Capital preservation and to Sustainable Development is reflected on our key business interests and the fields of our main involvement, but also in our product stewardship programs and business consulting. Each member of the BSV Thinking Network of Experts needs to promote our commitment to environmental excellence, putting their creativity and inspiration in action for the general good and without expecting any concrete rewards beyond recognition. BRIGHTSiGHT VERITAS was conceived to connect and mobilize the global excellence of expertise towards providing solutions and generating ideas that will put in place a sustainable world, with the Natural Capital at its core conception.
As international consultancy business’s primary environmental impact is travel emissions’ generated, the BRIGHTSiGHT VERITAS seek to minimize the carbon emissions generated form BSV related projects whenever possible and to the max possible extend. We strongly encourage our members to use public transportation whenever they need to travel, having in mind “their personal carbon emissions balance sheet”.
The BRIGHTSiGHT VERITAS strongly encourages and communicates to all its recipients to have Natural Capital in mind before printing any material and promotes the “paperless office” operation.
8. Health and Safety
All BSV operations are to be conducted in a manner that protects the health and safety of our people, of our clients and of all people in the communities our operations may take place.
Unless otherwise explicitly prohibited by legal requirements or auditor professional standards of conduct, in the event that any BSV personnel and/or affiliated member suspects, or becomes aware of a situation where the environment, health and/or safety of a project’s members and/or the wider community is/are being compromised, all BSV personnel and/or affiliated members must report it to the BSV Management with no further delay and the BSV Mangement commits itself to work immediately, in cooperation with local authorities and global actors in the field, .
9. Gifts, Meals, & Entertainment
BRIGHTSiGHT VERITAS recognizes the importance of meals and lunches in international public relations and is willing to support such activities prior to direct written consent from the BSV Management and/or the respective BSV Project Coordinators. Extraordinary meals and expenses, given and taken from all BSV related persons are not tolerated by default.
It is a general condition that the BSV related persons do not accept offers of expense-paid travel by a supplier or a customer. Exceptions to this clause may include that the trip involves a legitimate business purpose or is part of a group hosted by the supplier or customer or it is conducted within the BSV Natural Capital Partnerships. Additionally the travel must be approved in advance by an appropriate level of the BSV Management.
The gifts that are not permitted and may not be given or accepted by BSV personnel or affiliated members under any circumstances are the following:
- Gifts in cash or cash equivalents such as coupons or certificates redeemable for cash.
- Gifts in securities, such as stocks, bonds or other negotiable instruments.
- Gifts valued at more than Euro 100, to and from government employees, public officials, government contractors or subcontractors or any other party connected to any BSV connected project, prior, during and after the BSV appointment. Gifts create a Conflict of Interest de facto.
- Any other business courtesy attempting to motivate the BSV personnel and affiliated members actions to go beyond legal or ethical frameworks, specific regulations or other BSV policy.
10.Protecting Company Assets and Other Intellectual Property
All BRIGHTSiGHT VERITAS personnel and affiliated members should in all circumstances protect and preserve the company assets and resources; they should safeguard all Company assets and never use them for any unlawful or unethical purpose.
Intellectual property is one of our most valuable company assets. Intellectual property includes the BSV Network of Experts’ Concept and practical function, the BSV Materials, Research and Data, Patents, Trade Secrets, Trademarks, Copyrights and other Proprietary Information, both of BSV and of its clients.
All BRIGHTSiGHT VERITAS Consultants commit to respect the intellectual property rights of our clients, other consulting firms, and sole practitioners and not to use any proprietary information or methodologies without written permission/consent from the BSV Management.
11.Doing Business with Governments
Strict rules apply when we do business with public agencies and governmental officials. The BRIGHTSiGHT VERITAS Consultants working with state or local governments, or national governments from any country, must be aware and comply with all legal requirements, regulations, and policies governing our actions. Business conduct that is acceptable in the private sector may violate government procurement laws or regulations and/or go beyond ethical standards we accept with this Code of Ethic. There are not welcomed actions and will be tolerated from BSV. Violations can result in harsh consequences such as fines, penalties, debarment or suspension from competing for government contracts, and even criminal prosecution of the consultant; therefore, we leave no space for suspicion and we encourage our members to be the most transparent possible in their business with all governments .
BSV affiliated members that are or have been governmental officials should reflect twice on their possible conflict of interest prior to undertake any BSV assignment.
12.Membership on Boards and Committees
Consultants are encouraged to participate in professional organizations, social and physical networks, political parties and community activities. However, when one of the BSV personnel accepts an invitation to serve as a board member of an outside company, advisory board, committee or agency, he/she must consult with the BSV Management if there could be any question of conflict of interest.
Formal BSV Management consent is not required for membership on the boards of charitable or community organizations, as long as the activities of the BSV personnel do not conflict with their job responsibilities or reflect negatively on the BSV Corporate Image.
We encourage our consultants to participate in the local, national and international political process. As a citizen you may make contributions to the candidates or political parties of your choice. The BSV as a corporate structure does not make any contribution to political parties, candidates or public officials.
14.Transparency, Investigations, Inspections and Inquiries
We are committed to providing full, fair, accurate, timely and credible information consistent with legal and regulatory requirements. All BSV Network-related consultants, including any agents or other third parties working on their behalf, are not authorized and must never release information concerning the BSV Network or our business activities or respond to inquiries from the media or other parties, unless specifically asked to do so by an authorized spokesperson and/or written consent of appropriate level of BSV Management is given.
Should a BSV personnel and/or affiliated member be asked to respond to requests by internal auditors, legal staff, independent accountants and/or special counsels, all responses must always be complete and truthful. We urge all BSV related personnel to include all relevant information in the case of such an event, even if the request does not specifically ask that they do so.