Askable takes a zero-tolerance approach to unethical behaviour, bribery and corruption and is committed to conducting its business with honesty, integrity and the highest standards of personal, professional and ethical behaviour. Being unethical and corrupt are not compatible with Askable’s values. They are unlawful and will not be tolerated.
The executive team, management and senior staff at all levels are responsible for ensuring those reporting to them are made aware of and understand this policy.
The purpose of this policy is to:
Askable conducts all of our business in an honest and ethical manner. We take a zero-tolerance approach to bribery, corruption and slavery, and we are committed to acting professionally, fairly and with integrity in all of our business dealings and relationships, wherever we operate.
Bribery and corruption can take on many different shapes and forms, but typically both parties will be benefitted. It does not matter whether the bribe is:
Askable staff must not:
Good faith hospitality and promotional, or other business expenditure which seeks to improve Askable’s image, to better present our products and services, or establish cordial relations, is an important part of our business. This policy does not intend to prohibit reasonable and proportionate hospitality and promotional, or other similar business expenditure intended for these purposes. For example; Askable may from time to time include giveaways, gifts with purchase and prizes, these are part of our regular marketing campaigns that are available to all. This policy does not prohibit such activities. However, all gifts and hospitality must be for a genuine purpose, reasonable and given in the ordinary course of business.
The giving or receiving of gifts and/or hospitality must be subjected to the following tests:
What is not acceptable?
It is not acceptable for Askable staff (or someone on behalf of Askable staff) to:
Facilitation payments or kickbacks are prohibited under this policy.
Facilitation payments are typically small, unofficial payments made to secure or expedite a routine government action by a government official.
Kickbacks are typically payments made in return for a business favour or advantage.
All staff must avoid any activity that might lead to, or suggest, that a facilitation payment or kickback will be made or accepted by Askable.
Askable does not make contributions to political parties, nor does it make donations at the request of government officials. Askable only makes charitable donations that are legal and ethical under the law and practices that are in accordance with our charitable objectives.
Executive Team – The executive team is responsible for ensuring that Askable operates in an ethical and anti-corrupt manner, in accordance with this policy. The executive team will promote compliance with, and oversee the implementation of, this policy.
All Staff - All Askable staff and vendors (where applicable) must ensure that they read, understand and comply with this policy.
Any breach of this policy by Askable staff may result in disciplinary action, which could result in jail, penalties, fines, criminal convictions and dismissal. Remember, a bribe does not actually have to take place – just promising to give a bribe or agreeing to receive one is prohibited.
Askable reserves its right to terminate our contractual relationship with Askable staff or any third party if they breach this policy.
The policy and process will be reviewed by the Director of Operations every  years to ensure the practices therein are current and comply with relevant legislation.