Code of Conduct
This Code of Conduct is one of the ways we put Kakehashi Africa’s values into practice. It’s built around the recognition that everything we do in connection with our work at Kakehashi Africa (referred to as “KA” for the remainder of this document) will be, and should be, measured against the highest possible standards of ethical business conduct. We set the bar that high for practical as well as aspirational reasons: Our commitment to the highest standards helps us to attract great people and establish valuable partnerships. Respect for our members, for our partners, for the opportunity, and for each other are foundational to our success, and are something we need to support every day.
So please do read the Code, and follow both in spirit and letter, always bearing in mind that each of us has a personal responsibility to incorporate, and to encourage other KA members to incorporate, the principles of the Code and values into our work. And if you have a question or ever think that one of your fellow members or the organisation as a whole may be falling short of our commitment, don’t be silent. We want – and need – to hear from you.
The Code is applicable to ALL members of the organisation. Failure to adhere to the code will result in disciplinary action, which may include termination of membership and/or tenure of office. Moreover, while the Code is specifically written for KA members and the executive team, we expect KA contractors, consultants, and others who may be temporarily assigned to perform work or services for KA to follow the Code in connection with their work for us. Failure of a KA contractor, consultant, or other covered service provider to follow the Code can result in termination of their relationship with KA.
What If I Have a Question or Concern?
If you have a question or concern, don’t just sit there. You can contact your branch representative, or the Executive Management (referred to as “EM” for the remainder of this document). You can also submit a question or raise a concern of a suspected violation of our Code or any other KA policy via the Ethics email. Finally, if you believe a violation of law has occurred, you can always raise that through the Ethics email or with a government agency.
Prompt Internal Reporting of Violations of the Code
KA’s Executive Management is responsible for applying this Code to specific situations in which questions may arise and has the authority to interpret this Code in any particular situation. A member, who becomes aware of any existing or potential violation of this Code, is required to notify the EM. Failure to do so is itself a violation of this Code. To encourage reporting of violations, the Organisation will not retaliate, or permit retaliation, for reports made in good faith.
KA prohibits retaliation against any member here who reports or participates in an investigation of a possible violation of our Code, policies, or the law. If you believe you are being retaliated against, please contact the Ethics Committee.