is Investing in Integrity?
Investing in Integrity (IiI) is a Charter
Mark designed to enable an organisation to reassure all its stakeholders -employees,
customers, suppliers, shareholders and the general public - that it’s business can
demonstrate a commitment to act with integrity at all times. IiI is available to organisations of all
types and sizes. Its aim is to build
Investing in Integrity is a company owned by the Institute
of Business Ethics and the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment www.cisi.org, two leading
non-profit organisations who are well known for the promotion of high standards
of ethics and integrity in business and finance.
does it work?
There are two Stages to gaining the IiI Charter Mark. At Stage 1, the company carries out a
comprehensive Management Self Assessment Survey of the firm’s ethical policies,
procedures and practices, via an on-line submission. This generates a report showing the company’s scores
compared with other organisations registered with IiI.
On completion of Stage 1, the company is then invited to subscribe
to IiI and move to Stage 2. This involves a comprehensive independent audit by
a trained assessor to verify that the responses given to the Management Self Assessment
Survey are supported in practice. The audit will include site visits, policy
and system reviews, staff interviews and an Employee Survey by www.goodcorporation.com.
The IiI Charter Mark is awarded only after successful completion of
Stage 2. Full accreditation lasts for a
period of five years and subscribers are licensed to display and use the IiI Charter
IiI can cover individual units, businesses or groups both in
the UK and abroad. The cost of the assessment
will depend upon the size of the participating business units.
How will this benefit my
IiI benefits organisations both internally and externally. Internally, it enables organisations
to assess the comprehensiveness of their Code of Ethics, how well it is embedded
and how issues governed by the code are managed. It enables organisations to see what they are
doing well and highlights areas for improvement. It also benchmarks where they are alongside
it provides a mark of recognition that helps to build trust by reassuring
stakeholders, including the general public, that the organisation is living up
to its values.
What companies say about IiI
"I welcome this initiative
as it is vital for ethical companies to be able to provide assurance to
customers and other stakeholders that they have a properly embedded ethical
code, and to be able to gain such assurance from their partners,
sub-contractors and suppliers.” Andrew
Hayward, Head of Ethics and Compliance, Balfour Beatty plc
"I am finding it
really helpful, positive and thoroughly engaging.” Jo Morgan, Group Chief
Compliance Officer, IMI plc
How do I find out more?
Please visit: www.investinginintegrity.org.uk for further information.
Read the press
release launching Investing in Integrity here >>