The Ethics Policy of the Association of Heavy Equipment Contractors is intended to act as a source of guidance for our member companies and a source of reassurance for clients.
The Association of Heavy Equipment Contractors has been setting ethical standards for its member companies since 1995. Our Ethics Policy, which was most recently updated in 2003, is intended to act as a source of guidance for our member companies and a source of reassurance for clients.
In commercial contracts between buyers and sellers, terms and conditions relating to price and performance are obviously important, as well as information about supply capability and references. While special requirements and preferences may be included on a case-by-case basis, our intention here is to highlight the parties’ relationship with each other in another key aspect.
It is important that the contract is based on good faith and correct behaviour.
The Ethics Policy of the Association of Heavy Equipment Contractors
A member company shall not undertake assignments that conflict with the public perception of justice or that may otherwise be considered publicly unacceptable. Even if an assignment is not illegal but is perceived to conflict with the public perception of justice, a member company should seriously consider not accepting that assignment.
A member company shall provide clear and unambiguous quotations, perform work professionally, not disregard environmental and quality requirements, adhere to signed agreements and keep agreed times.
A member company does not use unfair means of competition. A member company complies with current statutory and regulatory provisions.
A member company behaves correctly in relation to subcontractors, suppliers, clients and other stakeholders. The relationship should be characterised by mutual respect. A member company should make efforts to ensure everyone involved at a workplace complies with current quality and environmental plans.
A member company shall actively work to counteract illegal labour at the workplace. Each member company must have procedures for control and monitoring of suppliers and subcontractors to avoid doing business with operators who do not intend to comply with Swedish tax laws. A member company shall not compensate any employee other than in ways allowed under Swedish tax laws.
A member company distances itself from corruption. There shall be zero tolerance for bribery and corruption. This means a member company shall neither accept nor offer that which may be perceived to be a bribe or corruption.
A member company shall make active efforts to ensure the professional development of employees, reduced absence due to ill-health and a good working environment. Member companies shall have an organisation and planning that enables the utilisation of the employees' stated interests in accordance with negotiated collective agreements.
A member company shall behave correctly in regard to other member companies. This requirement applies not only to contractual relationships, but to all member companies. This includes not participating in spreading rumors or harming the reputations of colleagues or competitors.
A member company shall observe the Association of Heavy Equipment Contractors' statutes and decisions and contribute to achieving the aims of the Association.
Adopted at the Association of Heavy Equipment Contractors congress in August 2003.