Datatec is committed to maintaining the highest standards of ethics and business conduct. The Group has a Code of Conduct (“the Code”) detailing the standards expected from all Datatec employees, including addressing specific matters such as bribery and corruption. The Code is uniformly applied across all divisions.
The Code is founded on the ten principles of the United Nations Global Compact and the OECD policy guidelines for preventing corruption. It is reviewed annually. It was last amended in October 2015 with enhancements including reference to the Group’s policies on trade sanctions and political/charitable contributions.
All employees are required to undertake training on the Code. WestconGroup and Logicalis organise this training through an annual online programme, and Analysys Mason and Mason Advisory have annual employee briefing sessions.
The Datatec Social and Ethics Committee monitors implementation of the Code. The divisions are required to report any unethical or fraudulent conduct in contravention of the Code to the Datatec Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee and the Datatec Social and Ethics Committee and to provide formal semi-annual assurance to the Board on these matters.
The Group has in place a Whistle Blowing Hotline for anonymous reporting of any unethical conduct. WestconGroup and Logicalis also operate separate Whistle Blowing Hotlines. All the hotlines are operated by third-party suppliers independently of the Group and divisions.
Any complaints received via the hotlines or any other means are investigated in accordance with the Group’s procedures for investigating complaints. These procedures are under the direction of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee and the results of any investigations are reported to the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee. No significant incidents of unethical behaviour were reported at Group or divisional level during the year.