CODE OF ETHICS
Each member of HKCA owes a duty to the community, its business partners, employees and to its fellow members. The HKCA Council requires all members to act professionally and to subscribe to this code of ethical behaviour in order to collectively promote integrity within the construction industry. All members shall use their best endeavour to observe and practise this code as follows:-
- Laws and Regulations
Members should comply with all the statutory rules and regulations, and be law-abiding. They should also promote improvements to such laws, regulations and other provisions.
- Honesty and Fairness
Members should conduct all their business dealings with honesty and fairness. They should not solicit advantage from or offer advantage to any person to affect the execution of their duties or exert undue influence upon any person for the purpose of ensuring business.
Members owe a duty to their clients, employees and business partners to protect any confidential/privileged information entrusted upon them. They should not divulge or disclose any such information to a third party without prior consent.
- Respect to Intellectual Property
Members should afford full respect to proprietary intellectual property and should refrain from using any ideas, products and goods without proper authorisation.
- Competence and Best Ability
Members should only undertake business obligations commensurate with their abilities and competence level and should discharge their business obligations and responsibilities to the best of their abilities and diligence.
- Relationships with Consultants, Sub-contractors and Suppliers
Members should deal with their consultants, sub-contractors and suppliers in a professional, fair and ethical manner.
- Safety and Training
Members should provide a safe and healthy workplace for their employees and workforce and should encourage continuous professional development and skill enhancement amongst their staff and the workforce.
- Community and Environment
In the course of their business, members should seek to protect public interest and safety. They should also seek to minimize public nuisance, maximize general safety measures and be sensitive to protection of environment.
Members should declare to their clients/business associates whenever and conflict of interest situation which, to their best knowledge, arises or has arisen.
- Delegation of Duties
Members should ensure their employees and those to whom they delegate work (such as sub-contractors/ suppliers) understand the above ethical requirements and encourage them to comply with these requirements.